I John 4:4
Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
As you can see, I started this morning’s blog with scripture. That’s because many of my blogs will be God centered, as it is this morning.
There was an e-mail that was sent to me from our CHOF Ministry Website prayer request box.
It was from a woman urgently requesting prayer. She opened by telling me she is a crack and meth addict and that she’d been through rehab three time and had relapsed once again. Now she had to pull herself back up out of the pit of her addictions and face her family with the truth, and she wasn’t sure she could go through with it.
She told me that, she keeps thinking she’s hopeless, and that she will never get better. She said, “Bishop Houston I can’t pray anymore by myself. I need help.” I will keep her name anonymous, her name is not my focus here but her soul is.
Beloved, let me tell you, of all the outwardly intractable problems the world faces, war, hunger, environmental calamities, and terrorism “addiction” is one of the greatest pestilences, it’s a kind of terrorism of the soul. It affects rich people and poor people the same way, advanced nations and developing ones, men and women, and people of all ages and races and religions. The toll addiction takes on the world’s economies is in the trillions. The personal suffering is incalculable.
Yet Beloved, as someone who has not gotten drunk or used an illegal drug in many, many years, I know there’s a solution, one that begins with the individual. By the grace of a Higher Power whom I choose to call God and the powerful words of Jesus Christ, any addict or alcoholic can take back his or her life from the grip of addiction.
There are millions that have succeeded, one step (one day) at a time, by being willing to put their lives “COMPLETELY” in the hands of a loving God, the only power greater than their addiction(s). I don’t know what happened to the woman who e-mailed us, but I do know that by asking for prayer and by turning her addiction over to God, she has taken the first step and given herself more hope than she knew.
Beloved, where God goes, hope really grows!!!
Beloved, God is your deliverer, you must take it one step (one day) at a time. Jehovah Rapha-God has the power to heal you. He’s the one force that’s greater than any difficulty you may have.
Take care and take it one step (one day) at a time.
You’ll be glad you did. 😀