Wallowing In The Mire
One of the “lessons” I learned in AA was to do today what I did yesterday and see how that works out. Of course this means nothing if the day before our lives had not been given to Jesus Christ and we had made some changes. For me this means a steady diet of prayer, counting blessings and doing my best to help another person. Keeping a God focused, God centered life is the only way to keep sin (addiction / slavery) at bay.
When I first walked into an AA meeting I thought everything would naturally fall into place. I would renounce my drinking / addiction / sin and all would be made right. Well, it didn’t quiet work that way. After three months of fighting an enemy I could neither see nor understand I still believed that I could win the battle. Not only could I not stand on my own for more than a few days, I could not win the battle. I was ill equipped for such a task. No armor, no victory. It is this way for every person attempting to change their life. If someone is attempting to break chains that can not be seen or felt that person needs a SuperNatural intervention. That person needs a Power greater than the unseen, greater than the unknown and the capacity to stand still even when everything around says run to your comfort zone. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Life and the Truth.
So many people have I seen find Christ, turn their back on Christ and lose it all – not just the material, but their life. Slavery (addiction) is serious business and the enemy is all too happy to help you put the chains on your wrist, your ankles and your neck – custom fitted just for you. Jesus Christ is all too happy to remove them, if you ask, everyday. The mire is awaiting but with the help of the Holy Spirit we are able to laugh and walk right past it as relapse is not a requirement.
II Peter 2 NKJV
18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”