“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:17
If you’re struggling with an addiction and keep going back to places where your triggers are present, and back to people who are still using and encouraging that past behavior, no matter how long you’ve been sober, you’re going to pick it up and use again.
The reason for this is not because of what was done in the past, but rather because of who we are as people. If we haven’t had our hearts changed for God, then even if we stop the addiction we cannot have true recovery.
If we know and trust in God, then He will take care of everything for us; He will give us the ability to manage through all of the trials and tribulations.
James 1:2 says count all joys when you fall into various trials, not if, when. It’s not a question of whether or not trials will come, we know that they’re coming. The question is actually how are we going to deal with the trails?
If we’re separated from God, we’re not going to be able to deal with them. Without God in our life, our reaction will be to run to the pain killer, whatever numbs the pain, and we just keep on running if we don’t have Jesus.
But if we admit that we’re powerless over everything, and that the problem isn’t the addiction, but rather the problem lies in our heart, then we can find true recovery.
When we’re separated from God, our behavior is going to be whatever it is without Him, and depravities are going to be at the cornerstone of a life separated from God. We are in need of the transforming power that can only come from Christ, and we are powerless to change on our own.
We need to reconnect with God, because when we’re separated from Him, we are lost and spiritually dead. Even if life is sort of working out, if we’re dead inside then what’s the point?
We need to give ourselves to God, and trust in Him. Then He will change our lives and transform us so that we can obtain sobriety and be delivered from our current state of life.