The Pain Trap
Usually in the process of recovering from our addictions we finally realize that our life is better off without
them and we give them up. But there usually comes a test down the road where some fresh emotional or physical pain pops up
and it seems like we legitimately need to take some form of pain reliever to deal with it. If this happens I would encourage
you to run to God for wisdom as to how to deal with it, rather than automatically running to your old addiction to relieve
your pain. Things are not always as cut and dried as they seem and God will help us to get through the fresh trauma without
getting re-addicted if we will trust Him to help us and guide us through it.
1CO 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will
not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can
stand up under it.
This is your day to stand up my friend and to be fully and finally set free from that old addiction
that has been destroying your life and keeping you stuck. Remember that when fresh pain comes to run to God for comfort and
counsel and not necessarily to your old pain relievers to deal with the pain. There may be forces at work that are trying
to push you back into your old addiction, but things can and will be different for you from now on if you let them be. God
is at work in His people to set them free from all that has been distracting and hindering them. Look up because your redemption
has come to set you free for good from your old addiction problems. Jesus Christ is the best pain reliever around to deal
with pain so allow Him to help you.
2CO 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the
God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we
ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ
our comfort overflows. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort,
which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know
that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.