One of the basic Steps in recovery is to understand we are powerless over our addiction. What many people fail to realize however is that addiction can extend to being a controller and one who is seeking power over another which obviously prevents surrender to God's process of life in general.
Joyce Meyer spoke on it this morning, how her life was miserable because she was that controller and how it was making her husband miserable. When she became humble enough to stop trying to be in charge, God blessed their marriage and gave her a national platform to speak on His behalf. The key to that last sentence is "God gave her".
In the Bible Solomon started out his reign as King as one who understood this process when God spoke directly to him - "Ask for whatever you want me to give you?" Don't know about you but I can think of so many ways I would answer this question, but Solomon's answer was incredible:
Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.
He admitted his powerlessness, that God was in charge, after all it was His kingdom anyway. What a great humble response, but somewhere down the road he took control back and in the end life ended badly for him despite all his knowledge, all his wealth and all the wonderful things he created. That's because he lost track of who helped him gain it all in the first place and who was really in charge.
I am reminded this morning that ATB or anything else I do is not a Glenn thing, it's a God thing. If I ever forget that, or anyone else does who in charge of something, including trying to control your own life or that of others, it most will likely end badly. Powerlessness requires knowing and staying in touch with the one who does have that power and understanding He is God and we are not.
Our drug of choice is not in charge, we are not in charge, life only works if we realize:
We are His charge!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.