Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Truth Will Set You Free

These are lies I often told myself to justify or excuse a lack of effort to quit drinking. Quitting could always wait for another day when I wasn't so stressed, lonely or depressed. But the truth couldn't be any different. These are the LIES that bound me and the TRUTHS that set me free.

LIE-- God doesn't love me.
TRUTH-- "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

LIE-- After all of the crazy things I have done drunk, I am surely bound for hell anyway. So, what's the point?
TRUTH-- "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"This righteousness from God comes from faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Romans 3:22-23
"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." John 5:24

LIE-- I will never be able to stop drinking. I am beyond hope. I might as well accept my fate and learn to live with it.
TRUTH-- "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds" Psalm 147:3
"Praise the Lord... who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with life and compassion," Psalm 103:2-4