Spiritual recovery is the hub of strong recovery. All other aspects of recovery: physical, mental, emotional, relational, career, sexual, etc. are linked to spiritual recovery. Reclaiming our spiritual identity is at the heart of strong recovery.
You and I existed as an idea in God’s mind. Eventually, we came into existence, possessed nothing and existed. Our identity had entered a body and we came into the world. This spiritual self is the part of us that observes everything. We were in awe and wonder. Very soon we began to learn, think, feel, and act. Our parents and other caregivers shaped and taught us what and how to think, feel, and act. This was primarily done through language. It didn’t take long and contact with our spiritual self was lost. We came to think of ourselves as our thoughts, feelings, and actions. We come to know our thinking self by our thoughts. “I think like crap, I am crap.” We come to know our feeling self by our feelings. “I feel like crap, I am crap.” We come to know our action self by our actions. “I do crap so I am crap.” Here are a couple questions that might help you establish connection with your self again.
What is going on around you, inside of you, and because of you?
Who is watching all of this as it happens?
Flint, Michigan and Las Vegas, Nevada are sister cities. Many of the people in Flint would say their most important need is water. They have been in a water crisis for the past couple years. This crisis was probably evident even before that but people dismissed it; concerned for the auto industry. Which means, they were unaware of a coming crisis because of their focus on the wrong thing. Las Vegas is in a similar position. Many people think the most important industry is tourism and entertainment with casinos, concerts, shows, etc. but there are millions of people living in a desert with a dwindling water supply. The success of what you are building rests on the water supply.
A spiritual malady may sound antiquated to our modern ears accustomed to science and data. Our current culture is pseudo-scientific. Many people are choosing to think of themselves as rational, logical, beings but they are not as “hard wired” as they believe. To say that there is no such thing as the spiritual is a rejection of a huge amount of data over the course of human history. Every culture has a belief in “more”. You have already experienced a sense of “more” and it is a sign of your spiritual conception. It is hard to grasp what spiritual is today. Our minds are constantly being told it’s not real. Your body is telling you it’s not real. When your body fails but you persist it’s a sign of the spiritual. When you break a plateau it’s a sign of the spiritual. When you stand in awe of that which is greater it’s a sign of the spiritual.
Spiritual malady occurs when we are cut off from the source of our spiritual creation and rejuvenation. Spiritual malady is maintained by our disrespect and disconnect from God. We must return with honor and respect toward God as the source of our existence. Reclaiming our spiritual identity is at the heart of Strong Recovery this cannot be done apart from God. Spiritual recovery involves drawing near to God so that our need for identity, security, and significance can be properly restored. These things come from the Creator. He knows who you really are, he keeps you secure, and he gives you significance. You are His idea. Here is a brief summary from various scriptures in the Bible.
Example: I am God’s child, I am a friend of God, I have been justified, united with Him in one spirit, I belong to God, I have been adopted as God’s child, I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit, I have been redeemed and set free, I am complete in Christ.
Example: I am free from any condemning charges against me, I cannot be separated from God, I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God, I am hidden with Christ in God, I am confident that the good work that God started will be perfected, I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God, I have a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind, I find grace and mercy in my times of need, I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
Example: I am the salt and light of the earth, I am a branch of the true vine, chosen and appointed to bear fruit, I am a personal witness of Christ, God’s temple, a minister of reconciliation for God, I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm, I am God’s workmanship, I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Get Rid of Confusion
You don’t need to persist in confusion wondering who you are, where you belong, or what your purpose is. You can get clarity and authority and it will change your life. Knowing these things will change when, where, and how you seek water in a desert. It will change the path of recovery. You can have a strong recovery if you have a solid hub connected to the source of real power in your life.
As this year comes to a close, consider this Leadershop Challenge: read the entire bible in 2017. Get the bible app, select a daily reading plan, an easy to read translation like New Living Translation (NLT) and get started. It will be a 15-20 minute challenge. Are you up for it?
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