Rise Up (poem by me)

The one who dips in the bowl will betray,
Why did he come home stumbling drunk again?
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

He fumbles his words with nonsense to say,
He smells of vomit mixed with coke and gin,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray.

My impulse is to yell and run away,
My thoughts are venom and hope grows dim,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

It had felt like just another dull weekday,
He makes up a story about where he’s been,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray.

His eyes reflect his moral decay,
His mouth curls into a wicked grin,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

He does not know the hurt he caused me today,
He laughs and says he’s committed no sin,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

“Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.” —Psalm 55:17

Prayer: Lord, We lift up those spouses, parents, children, friends, and others who are dealing with the ongoing consequences of alcoholism. We ask these people would be brought to repentance of their sin, hatred of their habits, and would call on You to deliver them. We pray You would hear their prayer and bring them out of that lifestyle for the amazing future You have in store for them. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

(BTW, I am alright. This is not my situation. It’s an expression of empathy towards those who are currently experiencing it. Thanks for caring though!)

NOTE:  If you or a loved one is living in an unsafe home situation, please remove yourself from this circumstance until it is made safe again. If no one believes you and will help you, keep telling your story and asking for help until someone does.

 

Just One More (poem by me)

Let’s have a drink or maybe two,
I notice this habit sticks to me
But not to you
I shake it off
Now it’s stuck like glue.

What will my family say?
I’ve disappointed them again,
How can I face God and pray?
I used to speak with Him so open.

Savior, save me from this spinning circle,
Relief, regret, repent, repeat,
Help, I’m merely mortal,
Today I’ll rise up, overcome, and defeat.

Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. —Psalm 68:20

*This poem is not actually about my own struggle. Yet, it is easy for us (as Christians) to relate to this vicious cycle since we all must wrestle with our flesh against sin.  May we all press onward to the goal of Jesus Christ together. I pray the Lord helps you to overcome whatever you are battling today! (If you were interested in my own testimony of deliverance, you read it in a blog HERE.)

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Wonderful Counselor (prayer)

Is(This is an intercessory prayer for persons suffering from addiction.)

Holy Father,

Make this addicted person a humble student

In the school of Christ,

Be their Teacher and Counselor,

Be their Comforter and Light,

Show Christ to their soul,

Lead them to the cross,

Make their textbook Your Word,

Show them Christ’s resurrected body—

The anatomy of holes in His hands

And in His deeply pierced side.

Open their eyes to see their sins

And that the just punishment

For them is eternal death,

Yet You have poured out Your mercy by

Allowing Your Son to pay for those sins

With Your blood—

Satisfying justice,

Plus adding faith and love.

Open their understanding to Scripture,

And reveal the mystery of the Trinity,

Awaken them to the truth

That life is a gift to be cherished,

Assign them a new craving—

To know You more,

Bless them with cheerful thoughts,

Steered away from their fixations,

Break the enchantment of their addictions

And deliver them from their vexations.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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Deliverance From Addiction

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We fool ourselves into thinking we only harm ourselves when we give into addiction. I’m not sure what your habit is, but evil tends to radiate and multiply. Crooked people are in the business of perpetuating addictions. By consuming porn, we drive the sex trafficking industry. When we pay for cigarettes, tobacco farmers use our dollars to hire pre-teen prostitutes on the other side of the world. Even the most innocent-sounding addictions ruin relationships with the people we love the most.

So now we have given the pain in our hearts to God for healing. We have chosen to chase negative thoughts away with the truth of God’s Word. Additionally, we chose healthier ways for us to fulfill our need for comfort, rest, adventure and escape as we draw nearer to God in our daily life. Now it’s time to wrestle against the addiction itself.

Every time we don’t give into an addiction, we are stronger for the next time we are tempted.
 In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert. Satan tried over and over again until Jesus had resisted every temptation. Then the devil left Jesus alone. When the devil realizes we are not giving in, he too will leave us.

We are prideful creatures. Some part of us is still sure we can give up on our own even though we have failed so many times. Somehow our soul must try until it is broken. Then it will cry out for God in some mysterious uttering, and God will rescue all those who need and want His rescuing. He is our Deliverer! So try your very hardest over and over again until God shows up. This may include signing up for porn blockers, joining support groups like Celebrate Recovery, or something else. Just don’t give up until you are delivered from your addiction. Earn your victor’s crown. God is right beside you.

I know the Lord as my Deliverer from my cigarette addiction. (If you are interested, the link to my testimony about God’s deliverance from smoking is on Christian Chat: http://christianchat.com/testimonies/66033-nonsmoking-please.html)

© 2015 Kim Bond

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Thoughts for the Addicted

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Even if you no longer feel convicted about your addiction, in your heart you know it is hindering your relationship with God. You know it is ruining your joy. God wants to help you make changes so you will not be stuck in your addiction forever…or start other addictions. So let’s try something new!

When you think of resisting your addiction, do negative thoughts keep you from even trying? Your thought life could be a reason your addiction still has the power to overcome your desire to be free of it. Consciously stop the thought instead of letting it boss you around.

Here’s one example of defeatist thinking. My parents were alcoholics so I am an alcoholic. It’s in my DNA. I was genetically prone to drinking. No one can change fate. 

Once you have stopped the negative thought, think a positive thought. Focus on the deliverance God has already given you. Recite something like this:

  • We are children of God (Galatians 3:26)!
  • We are being transformed into the Lord’s likeness (2 Cor. 3:18).
  • God’s Spirit gives me freedom (2 Cor. 3:17).

Many scientists think our DNA can change. This aligns with what many pastors are preaching…that as adopted children we gain access to Jesus’ DNA and certainly His power over sin and the devil. We have been delivered, and we are tapping into that power right now.

Be sure to meditate on God’s Word so you know the truth. If you have turned your pain over to God and forgiven yourself and others with us in the last blog, then you have no more excuse to feel sorry for yourself. Take up your sword and fight!

Christian rapper Trip Lee performs an incredible song called “Robot” about how we all are born as robots controlled by our flesh and the devil but that our lives can change when we follow God. I hope the lyrics to this song are an inspiration to you:

**To my friends, who are still on lockdown
Still controlled by their passions, stop now
He can free everybody from the top down
If you’re freed up, say this with me right now…I am not a robot

© 2015 Kim Bond

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