Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6 NASB)
Sometimes people think overcoming addiction is the result of a program. “It works if you work it” some will say. Others might ask “How did you beat it?” This is said as if “I” beat it. What they don’t know, or understand, is “I” didn’t beat it. If “I” could beat it “I” wouldn’t have had a problem because “I” could just stop using anytime “I” wanted to, right? The truth is it took supernatural intervention.
When you start talking about recovery programs and make statements such as “supernatural intervention” some think I’m talking about “my” higher power, and I understand why they use that type of language. The reality is, I’m not talking about “my” higher power as if I have mine and you have yours, rather I’m talking about Jesus Christ the one and only. According to the scripture Jesus is the only name given among men by which we must be saved. While the term “Higher Power” is okay in a sense I choose to call him by name and his name is Jesus Christ.
You see Jesus didn’t die and rise again simply to get us through difficult things in life. If the truth is told he died to get us through impossible things. Through his death, burial and resurrection he not only takes care of addictions he takes care of any other sins that may be in my life. What’s even better than that is he has taken care of death itself and is the only one who can. He lived a sinless life and died our death on the cross only to come out of the grave three days later to assure us the job was finished. We no longer have to fear death because Jesus has taken it on and defeated it once and for all.
Not only has he fought and won the battle against sin and death he has taken up residence within all that have placed their faith in him. Let me see if I can sum this up now. Jesus Christ has delivered me from addiction (sin) and death, moved into my very being, by way of his Spirit, and lives his life in me as if it is me. The Apostle Paul did say “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…”
Recently I have talked with, a young man in jail struggling to receive God’s forgiveness and start life over, and a man whose wife of 18 years has had enough and wants out of the marriage. I’m starting to notice all of us are the same no matter what our specific situation might be. God is working with us right where we are and what he is wanting us to see is we can’t run things. Although there are many, many different troubles each of us have, all of them have one thing in common and it’s the fact we think we are our own person. We think we are independent and we can handle it, until we are faced with something truly impossible such as a wife wanting a divorce, an addiction, a jail sentence etc. God has a brilliant way of getting us hemmed in to a corner and all but forcing us to choose him. Once all of our resources run dry we are moved to look to Christ and trust him which is the very thing he has been after all along. Finally we can say with him “It’s not by my might, nor by my power but by your Spirit Lord.” I think I’ll leave this to you now.