‘If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ John 8:36 NKJV
When you become a prisoner-of-war, the enemy controls all your movements and decides what each day of your life will be like. Has the enemy captured you? Perhaps you’ve tried over and over again to be free from your addiction but you are still imprisoned by it. There’s good news: ‘If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ Whether you are addicted to drugs, lust, alcohol, gambling, food, or anything else, your answer is not natural—but supernatural. Your addiction is a ‘symptom’ of a deeper spiritual condition that Jesus the Great Physician wants to heal.
At the core of every twelve-step programme is this truth: it’s only by turning to a power greater than ourselves and developing a relationship with Him, that we can get free and stay free. And we know who that ‘power’ is—Jesus! When you feel ‘restless, irritable, and discontent’, His presence is what brings peace and serenity. When you’re tempted to turn to your addiction to find relief, His presence fills the emptiness within you and enables you to say no. When you experience ‘euphoric recall’ and begin to think about the best times of your addiction rather than the worst ones, His Word renews your mind and reframes your attitude, showing you the right path to take at that moment: ‘Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.’ (Psalm 119:105 NLT) Peter said, ‘The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations.’ (2 Peter 2:9 NKJV) Today, God wants to set you free.
SoulFood: Lev 13:38–14:57, Mt 5:38–48, Ps 3, Prov 1:29–31
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023