Whether you’re toying with addiction or drowning in it, the most important thing to know: There is hope for you, and you are not too far gone.
At 7 Springs Ministries, we regularly see people come out of the darkest and most traumatic pasts. A relationship with Christ guides them out of their messes and into freedom.
Freedom happens all the time. Many of them say, “If God can do it for me, He can do it for anybody.” Here are some Bible-based truths to encourage you to take the next step in your recovery journey.
Jesus loves addicts.
Regardless of how you feel about yourself or what “church people” may have implied about you, you are loved. Jesus loves you and He does so unconditionally. You don’t have to be clean or sober to experience Him.
There are a couple of strong verses about this truth in Mark 2:16-17:
But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
If you find yourself at the end of your rope, if you’ve burned every bridge, if you have nowhere to go, Jesus will take you.
Jesus sets people free.
For a few people, one powerful encounter with Jesus Christ instantly delivers them from addiction. For most, relationship with Christ is the foundation and the power to move forward in the recovery process. Either way, Jesus Christ sets us free.
Jesus himself said it…
“I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin... If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (John 8:34, 36)
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me… He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
When you feel bound, oppressed, and captive, when drugs or alcohol are all you’ve ever known, when you can’t imagine a life outside of addiction, know that Jesus came for you.
Jesus makes you new.
We hear this from our graduates over and over again: “I’m a completely different person than I was.”
God is a creator, a restorer, and a redeemer. He absolutely loves transforming old lives into something completely new. Paul affirms this in one of our favorite verses, 2 Corinthians 5:17…
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!“
Not only that, but Jesus continues to renew us with His love. We can look forward to daily renewal with him. Even in a vision of heaven (Revelation 21:4-5), the disciple John describes:
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Making things new is in His character, and He will do it for you.