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You Are Not Alone

Many of us came to re:generation feeling alone and overwhelmed by our pain and struggles.  You may have even willfully isolated yourself to hide an addiction.  Or maybe you’ve ignored the pain by surrounding yourself with shallow relationships and busyness.  The shame of secret sins and hurts can keep you from revealing yourself to others.

Walking through the doors to “recovery” is a decision that only you can make.  But once you choose to get help, you learn that in recovery you are no longer alone. You are in a room filled with broken people, who, like you, have chosen to be here and are hoping to get well.  You will see people whose addictions or habits may appear different from yours, yet who battle against the same fundamental problems as you.  You will find that most of them come to recovery just as you have, feeling as though they struggle alone. 

Isolation is an enemy to recovery.  Alone, we are vulnerable to temptation, but together, we protect and encourage one another.  Once you begin to admit your struggles and step out of isolation, your shaming secrets lose their hold on you.  Healing can begin.

Have courage to let others into your life.  Find someone that you connect with and begin the process of trusting again.  This week, share your struggles and pain with someone, and listen to them as they tell you their story.  

 

MAIN POINT

Recovery is not a battle anyone wins alone.

 

KEY SCRIPTURE

 “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.  (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

 

PRAYER

Dear God, please help me realize that I am not alone.  The world is filled with people just like me, who struggle and have pain.  Please give me the courage to rely on you and others who you have put in my life to help me heal.   

 

APPLICATION

Commit to attend recovery this week.  When you are there, reach out to someone of the same sex that you have connected with and share with them the reason why you are are interested in a recovery program.  Get to know others who are in recovery with you.  Exchange phone numbers and e-mail addresses so that you can consistently encourage each other.

God Loves You

Do you struggle with feeling loved?  Are you feeling unloved by a family member—a father, a mother or a sibling?  How about friends, a girlfriend, boyfriend or a spouse?  Do you struggle with loving yourself?  Or maybe you feel that you are not worthy of someone’s love?

Our need for love can guide our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and others.  We often seek love or the emotions attached to love in unhealthy ways.

Do you think that God loves you?  Did you know that every single good thing in your life, no matter how great or small, came from God because he loves you and cares about you?

We often compare God’s love for us to the way others love or fail to love us.  However, God’s love for us is deeper than what we experience in our human relationships because his love is based on truth.  God freely chooses to love us even when we reject his love or respond poorly to his love.  He loves us not because of our goodness or because we’ve earned his love; he loves us because he is good.

When Jesus walked on earth he spent a lot of time healing broken people.  He was often in the presence of prostitutes, adulterers, drunkards, the afflicted, and the outcasts.  Jesus loved and spent time with society’s rejects, demonstrating that he desires everyone to know they are loved just as they are.  He wants an intimate, eternal relationship with each of us, even with you.

Do you know how much God loves you?  God loves you so much that he sent his only son to die so you could have eternal life with him.  The life of Jesus Christ was a mission of love.  He loves you completely just the way you are, regardless of how you have lived your life.  Sometimes it is easy to feel unloved, unappreciated, and unworthy of love.  Yet God deeply loves you and wants a relationship with you.

Are you open to God’s love?  He loves you unconditionally right now.

 

MAIN POINT

God loves you and desires a close relationship with you.


KEY SCRIPTURE

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”  (John 3:16-17)

 

PRAYER

Dear God, help me understand your unconditional love.  Thank you for loving me as I am, with all my faults and sins.  Open my heart to know and accept the love and grace that you have for me.

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