But God

There is an important part of any addict’s journey where they look into their soul and know that it is not in them to quit. There is a profound sense of hopelessness yet this moment is essential to their recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous which is famous for it’s 12 Steps see this reality as well. The first step is to recognize that you are powerless (hopelessness) and steps two (recognize you need a higher power) and three (makes a decision to turn our lives over to God) are where hope is restored.

Fortunately, God gave us much more than Alcoholics Anonymous ever had to offer.

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

But God,

being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved, and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:1-7)

Our journey is not just one where we reach out to God in our desperation, but one where God reached for us first and brought us to desperation for Him! This is a dance and God is in the lead. So have hope, you are in a dance with a God who is “rich in mercy.” God is not shocked by your sin. Reading these verses, I don’t think much harsher language could be used about the state of our souls.

BUT GOD is very patient with us and He has “made us alive in Christ.” He is giving us the “immeasurable riches of His grace.” Immeasurable means A WHOLE FREAKING LOT of grace. There is enough grace for you today. Have hope, my friends, have hope. In Jesus there is rock-solid hope.

-Chip

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