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We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.

Blessed are the poor in Spirit.  Matthew 5:3

 

When working with others who are in Christ centered recovery, I am constantly reminded that we are in a spiritual battle.  Each step we make towards Christ is a hard fought victory.  Our struggles seem so much more intense than those who experience recovery without Christ.  Actually, this is a blessing.  God wants to grow us.  As long as we surrender and admit powerlessness we get to claim victory.  That’s the incredible irony of the first step.  Surrender to win.  It’s when we are at our most broken that God shows up in the most profound ways.  In Christian recovery we see this irony in its fullness.  We are blessed when we are spiritually broken and have to rely on Him.

 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  Corinthians 12:9-10

 

Heavenly Father, thank you for the irony of surrender.  Help me to delight in weakness and hardships knowing that you are always there to provide strength and that it’s in my struggles that you provide me with both humility and growth in character.

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