Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.
Once a drug addict,always a drug addict.
Once an addict of anything, always an addict.
At AA meetings people introduce themselves saying, “ I am so and so, and I am an alcoholic, even if they haven’t had a drink in 25 years.
Why is that?
They acknowledge that they have no power to truly free themselves.
They will carry that problem to their grave. No freedom, just coping.
They are powerless to get free.
The best they can do is modify their behavior, change their habits.
Real change is humanly impossible.
But, there is good news. Nothing is impossible with God.
And it is the best news.
You don’t have to do anything to better yourself.
All you need to do is yield yourself to God and allow him
to work that change in you.
Jesus did it all. When he died on the cross, we died with him.
When we are born again, we learn that we were in him when he died. Our old self, the alcoholic, drug addict, etc. died with him.
We are no longer slaves to that sin or any sin. Once we are born again with the life of God in us and truly see that our old person is dead, we don’t have to be slaves to any sin. We can truly be free.
If we recognize our old self is dead, we are free.
Nothing can bother a dead person, right?
Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, your are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. And if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.”
Romans 6:6-11 “..6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord God, we are so grateful for the life-changing work Jesus did on the cross for us. Help us understand by faith what exactly happened to us in that work so you can create in us a brand new person that will bring honor to your name.