Monday, November 19, 2012

Pain in the Relapse

1 Kings 16:34 It was during his reign that Hiel, a man from Bethel, rebuilt Jericho. When he laid its foundations, it cost him the life of his oldest son, Abiram. And when he completed it and set up its gates, it cost him the life of his youngest son, Segub. This all happened according to the message from the LORD concerning Jericho spoken by Joshua son of Nun. In Joshua 6:26, the prophecy was given that whoever rebuilt the city of Jericho would lose their oldest and youngest son. A few hundred years later, it happened. When I think of Jericho, I think of the walls. The walls of Jericho were the symbol of strength, but God's people marched around them, and with a mighty praise the walls fell down flat. Those walls were standing between God's people and their promised land. No wonder God would punish the one who dared to rebuild what He tore down. If we, having been set free from the walls of addiction and sin, attempt to build those walls again, there will be pain in the relapse. It is for our own good, and it is a reminder of the separation that those walls were between us and Him. Let's leave what God destroyed, and let Him build us something new within the walls of jasper in our eternal city.

1 comment:

  1. I have experienced relapse before and it is very painful. I was blessed by God in that I didn't loose my children. Of course repentance was required or else who knows, I would have. The pain is still there though to remind me that the walls that were there are meant to stay destroyed. They brought me great pain at a great price too. The high cost of low living is still available to me if I want it. I learned that complacency is my number one enemy in recovery. I have struggled with complaceny in my past and see many today who have lost that "loving feeling" with God due to it. Our battle with relapse is not with temptation or with other people or places, it's with complacency. When complacency is active in our hearts, the flesh is in control. When we live according to the flesh we do what it tells us to do. It's a slow fade into a life filled with pain and destucton and death! Any takers? Seems like a lot have purchased the lie again and God allows us to so the pain of it can make us better! Come on pain!Do your thing so we can have help where help is needed!IN JESUS NAME!AMEN