Rehab

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I go there every morning.

I need to be rehabilitated every day.

 

I have dear friends and family members that have needed to receive counseling, possibly rehab, and even served prison sentences due to addictions. My sister works with patients in rehab. It’s a sad and frightening time.

 

Addictions come in all sizes and shapes.

Addictions to drugs and alcohol are only two of many many addictions out there.

There is an addiction that I think we all deal with on a daily basis that seeps into our day. It is the addiction of “self”.

 

The more I’m aware of it, the better I can see and hear God’s direction in my life.

I can be more concerned with pleasing Him and honoring Him than pleasing me and honoring me.

Just the other day…something occurred and all that I could hear in my mind were these words whispering to my heart…

“extend mercy as you have received mercy”

“extend mercy as you have received mercy”

“extend mercy as you have received mercy”

 

and so I did.

 

If I had not been in God’s Word that very morning, I doubt I would have been as sensitive to His leading in my life.

I need His daily Word, His daily direction, His daily power, His daily strength, His daily heart causing mine to beat as His does for those around me.

This isn’t something that just happens naturally.

We need to seek Him first

And He will reveal Himself to us.

 

He is Greater

He is Stronger

He is Love

He is Compassion

He is Healer

He is Provider

And for reasons that I will never fully understand,

He desires to love us and USE us to represent Him to those in this world.

 

Most of the people I know that have faced rehab have come out on the other side and the very best part is that God then uses them to help others become more aware of the dangers that can slip them/us up.

 

Entire ministries have been started because someone served a prison sentence and later desired to be used by God to serve and mentor the very people that struggle as they once did.

 

Once in a while we hear of someone slipping back into their old ways. It doesn’t happen overnight. It happens little by little over a span of time and then before a person realizes it…they have relapsed.

 

I looked up words that could stand in the place of “rehab”.

Analysis, care, cure, healing, hospitalization, medication, and operation are a few that stand out to me.

 

How encouraging is it to see each of these words…because there is not one, not even one that God cannot be!

 

He knows us better than we know ourselves (analysis)

There is no one ever who will love us more or care more about us (care)

He is the (cure) to a sinful life

His ways are higher and His love is deeper than we can even fathom

He is the Almighty (Healer)

He is the prescription that this world needs…as a whole and as individuals.

He is the greatest surgeon in the world!  He can take a cold, stone heart and make it soft and useful and loving.

 

Ephesians 4:22-24

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

 

Romans 12:2

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

 

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