"See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland."
We want to encourage you for making it this far and to keep on going. Living life as a follower of Jesus is taken one day at a time. Many of us spent years, decades even, in our addiction. It is an entire way of living that has affected us in every area of our lives in ways we are still coming to understand.
If you are beginning to experience some sustained clean time that's great. If not, don't be discouraged. Reach out to your group leader, pastor, other men who are in recovery, and seek God's will for you in prayer. The Holy Spirit leads and guides us on our journey - in your time of quiet solitude wait for his still small voice.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
This is just the beginning of your journey. There are other steps ahead that you will need counsel and support from your pastor and/or group leader to navigate, including making full disclosure to your wife, if you're married. If you've experienced trauma, childhood or later in life, you may need professional counselling as well.
As you begin to experience freedom and a new life in Christ, your story will be a powerful testimony in other men's lives who feel trapped, isolated, and despair. You'll be able to give them the support you experienced from others, showing the love of Jesus to them.
Men who stay clean are men who stay close to Jesus, helping their brothers as they were helped, maybe even lead men's groups. They never believe the lie that they're "fixed" and can never fall again. In short, they never take it forgranted that they were enslaved but have been set free.
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
We would be happy to talk to you and pray with you about what next steps God may be calling you to take on your journey. Reach out to us today and one of the Men's Group leaders will contact you.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
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