The other day, I was having a conversation with my brother. He is a recovered alcoholic who has been sober for 10 years. We were discussing how he was finally able to get sober after many failed attempts and relapses.
He had tried the Alcoholics Anonymous program many times and had some success with it at some times, but when he started Celebrate Recovery – a more Christ-centered 12-step program – and he started working with people in that program, that’s when he really started having some success.
He also shared with me 3 Bible verses that really inspired him during this time. He said that without these Bible verses and the guidance of those in the program who could really explain how they applied specifically to addiction, he doesn’t think he ever could have successfully gotten sober.
Here are the three verses:
1. Psalm 27:4-6
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
In this verse, we are reminded of the importance of having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and that through this relationship, we have the strength to get through anything. This includes overcoming addiction.
2. 1 Peter 3:11
They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
When an alcoholic gets sober, they will constantly have to face temptation and triggers to use alcohol. On your journey towards sobriety, you must continue to seek out the things that will bring you joy.
3. Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
In your journey to become a healthier person, it’s very important not to judge yourself or to judge others. In recovery, there is no place for judgment.
If you are in recovery, the most important thing to do is follow Jesus. It’s also important to seek treatment if necessary as well.