Towering over the Israelites and casting a long, dark shadow at nearly nine feet tall, Goliath was most certainly an imposing figure and a formidable foe. For forty days and forty nights, the Philistine giant brazenly taunted his enemies while clothed in full armor and challenged them to fight. With hollow taunts and spiteful insults, he stood against the men of Israel and cast fear in the many among him.
Though, he didn’t realize the power of one young man in the crowd. Plainly dressed in a simple tunic stood David in defiance as he confronted the giant. "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied ... today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air ... and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel ... it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."
Emboldened with determination and faith, David slung a small stone at the giant’s head – which remarkably landed on Goliath’s head by way of a chink in his armor. With this simple act of courage, the plain shepherd was able to slay the giant and protect his camp of Christians.
This story from the bible has many applications in life – especially for those working to overcome challenges with substance abuse. In life, you will most certainly face challenges that seem at first to be insurmountable. Though, if you learn to rely on your faith and turn to the power of Christ during trying times, you can overcome your challenges with addiction and, like David, slay your enemy.
Addiction may seem to be an intimidating giant, but with the help of your friends, family and a team of experienced addiction recovery specialists, you too can conquer it.
Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, the use of outpatient drug and alcohol, mental health or other services can be used to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation, or employed as a standalone method of recovery.
Call Christian Rehab Network today at (877) 310-9545, and we will walk by your side through enrollment, treatment, and recovery.
Physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wounds all need to way to heal themselves. The most important thing to remember in the healing process is that you’re not alone.
By working on your relationship with God and his teachings, other forms of healing will soon follow. But how exactly do you begin to heal your faith when you can’t seem to pick yourself up off the ground? Here are some steps to take in order to begin the process.
Shift your Focus. When you’re battling addiction, you will find that you have starting thinking of your vice of choice as a god- but if you’re to heal properly you will want to shift your focus to Jesus. Jesus was kind and gentle to those who were sick or who had sinned. He will not judge you or reject you.
Learn the Attributes of God. There are many distortions out there about God, and understanding God better will help you to love and trust him more. Reading scripture is great place to start and it will give you a better idea of his works through Jesus.
Think of God as a Parent. There are multiple instances throughout the Bible where God is concerned about those who don’t have parents to guide them and teach them. Even if your real parents were to desert you or not understand your struggle, God is a loving father who understands and cares for you.
Keep a Journal. Not only will you be able to record your own progress, but the act of writing down thoughts and questions within itself is very therapeutic. This is also a useful place to decipher thoughts about Bible passages you read: did the story of the Prodigal Son surprise you? This is a good place to begin to seek forgiveness.
Remember there is an Higher Plan. This is one of the hardest parts to come to grasps with. There could be a number of events that led you to be where you are right now. Why did they happen to you? With every low, there is a high. There is a reason for everything and there is always something to learn from troubling times.
Trust Him in Good and Bad Times. There will be times that things are not easy and you think you might not be able to cope. There is no promise of an easy life, but God promises to comfort those in need and strengthen you when you feel weakest. Make a conscious effort to keep him in mind on both the good and the bad days.
Don’t go it alone. At the beginning of your healing process, you might have had a shaky faith or no faith at all. Find someone who you can talk to throughout the process. It might be a friend, a family member, or someone who is trained to assist in these types of journeys. One of the best motivators in strengthening your Faith is to surround yourself with people who help you remember why it’s good to believe in a loving God. Having someone to keep you accountable will greatly help in sticking with your healing practices.
Struggling with trauma, addiction, and all the events that led to them can be very difficult. Many have found solace in turning to God for direction and healing. Having a loving and caring God to support you will make it easier to heal from any wound.
Exodus 23:25 And you shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the middle of you.