Since 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous has been helping people recover from the bondage of alcoholism with a 12 steps program that they work through together. The principles they follow are ones that anyone would benefit from but I particularly like Step #2:
2. (We) Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Have you ever felt like you have gone around the same mountain in your life over and over and just can’t seem to get over it? Maybe it’s an unhealthy behavior that you keep returning to. Maybe fear has a grip on you that prevents you from moving forward with your life, or you just can’t seem to shake self-doubt and insecurity that has plagued you. Your adversary may be flesh and blood, a difficult relationship that you have a hard time navigating. You may be at a point where you just feel like you cannot seem to overcome that monster you face no matter how hard you try.
The bad news is you are probably right. On your own you probably cannot.
The good news is that inside of you dwells a great treasure. A power that can overcome anything! We need to stop trying so hard to fight our battles with the little strength that we have on our own. We have access to the most powerful force in the universe, let Him fight on your behalf!
2 Corinthians 4:7-10
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
Pick up your sword this morning, stand with your shoulders squared and believe that you can overcome anything by the power of the Holy Spirit of God that dwells within you!
Romans 8:37 …in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Go get ’em!!