One of the big challenges for me during the holidays is not to binge on sugar. As the title of this blog states, I am a recovering sugar drunk. Once sugar enters my body, my neuro receptors crave for more. And, I allowed myself to be overpowered by this addiction again. Being a part of the recovery community, I immediately reached out to a dear Christian brother who has the same problem. Why? He would be empathetic and candid holding me accountable to say “no” to worldly passions. Then, he would point me to the cross and God’s desire and empowerment to live a life free from fleshly desires.
When I reached out to Dave, he already had the Bible verses in mind that would give me the strength and enlightenment needed. Titus 2:11&12 are awesome, “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Let’s look at these verses clearly:
- For “the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation.” This verse focuses me on the “grace of God” recognizing that I am bankrupt when I try to live the Christian life in my own power. Because of His grace, I can surrender my life to Him receiving salvation not only from the penalty of sin but from the power of sin. Ephesians 2:8&9 are clear, 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. So, I have chosen to live by faith in His grace, a gift, and live in His strength.
- After I re-focus on His grace then Paul the Apostle states for me to choose to say “‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions.” In my own strength, I cannot do this. My addiction overwhelms me. But, being focused on His grace, I can.
- Then, Paul tells me what God greatly desires for my life, “to live a self-controlled, upright and godly life.” Don’t be enslaved by worldly passion but be
- Self-controlled (not out of control)
- Upright (not uptight)
- Godly (live like Jesus)
If I do the above, my life becomes free not enslaved by this world.
This is my story. How about yours? Are you being overpowered by something that is “ungodly” (e.g. drug or alcohol addiction, sex/porn addiction, overcome by jealousy, envy, control issues or co-dependency)? If so, the model to freedom is clear: Christ, commitment to His Word and community.
I pray 2020 will be a year of growth and joy for you and yours!