by Ron Brooks | October 18, 2018
Since the 30's, the standard of success for every recovering alcoholic, every drug addict, has been "clean and sober."
But, is the best we have to offer those struggling to "get their clean and sober feet" under them is a life filled with smoke-filled meetings and the self-declaration affirming again and again "I'm an alcoholic (addict)"?
Consider for a moment the timeless word of a "gracious, compassionate God;" one who is "slow to anger and abounding in love (Psalm 103):"
- "I will give you new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you." Ezekiel 36:26 (TLB).
- "Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free" (John 8:32).
- "If any man be in Christ, old things are passed away and all things become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Wow. Really? But, how is that possible? We're talking brain chemistry and environmental triggers and relational stressors and, and...
Yeah, it's overwhelming. It would take a miracle. It would take a power greater than myself.
Jesus said it this way: "Come unto Me all you who labor and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Rest, ah, sweet rest. Rest from white-knuckling my sobriety from hour to hour. Rest from the constant torment of the pain, the guilt, the shame, the anger.
Yeah, rest; real rest. It's time, don't you think? It's time to take God - this amazing, compassionate, healing, transforming, "Giver of new life" God at His word.
Every leader, every pastor involved in New Heart Ministry is commited to more - much more - than "clean and sober." They are commited to introducing you to the One - the Only One - who can give you "a new heart with new and right desires, and can put a new spirit in you."