This article was written and published by Faith in Recovery
As a Christian drug rehab, we understand the importance of maintaining your faith in God and your relationship with Him in recovery.
As with any relationship, our feelings often fluctuate, and we often become distracted by other things. Recovering from addiction is an especially challenging journey that involves a lot of change and discipline. It can be difficult to stay on track when you lose your center and your way in the Lord. We’re sharing some tips on how to strengthen your relationship with God in recovery that can help you find your way again.
3 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship With God in Recovery
Once you have completed drug or alcohol treatment and have transitioned back into everyday life, feelings of loneliness, stress, and weakness can reemerge now and then. The good news is that God never abandons us, and we’re never truly separated from Him, no matter how alone we may feel. When utilizing scripture for sobriety, you learn new things about God and your relationship with Him. Below are some ways to revive your relationship with God as well as your faith.
Communication is key to any healthy relationship. If you never spoke to your friends, family, or spouse, how do you think that would make them feel? Well, God also appreciates our communication and misses us when we don’t talk to Him. But how do you talk to God? Through prayer. Prayer is our way of communicating our joy, hurt, confusion, and anything else we may be thinking or feeling to God. Jesus paved the way for this line of communication with the Father. Although we can’t audibly hear Him, God answers our prayers by setting things in motion in our lives or by keeping them still. When we neglect prayer, we often feel disconnected or distanced from God. The best way to get to know Him again is simply by talking to Him.
What better way to get to know God and His character than by reading His word? The Bible is a history book that contains the memories, events, and miracles performed by God. In scripture, He often works through people to perform, heal and spread the gospel. There are Bible verses that offer advice for every situation. As a person in addiction recovery, you can find healing, support, guidance, hope, and love in the Bible if you just open it and take a peek for yourself.
While the Bible may seem like a big handbook to some, it contains events in which people learned valuable lessons. You often read of those who disobeyed God in scripture and suffered the repercussions. Because God is not spiteful nor cruel, the downfalls of people mentioned in the Bible all resulted from sin. Sin means to miss the mark, and we miss the mark when we do not obey God. Reading scripture is not just about reading to check off our to-do list. It’s about applying what we learn. He left us His word for a reason, and that’s to guide us to live life in a way that pleases Him and blesses us. God works through us, and we can’t receive God’s blessings if we don’t allow Him to work in our lives.
15 Bible Verses to Strengthen Your Relationship With God
Prayer, scripture, obedience, and faith all work together in an endless loop. Although we’ll never do everything perfectly, finding as much of a balance as possible is important for maintaining a healthy relationship with God. In addition to applying the advice above, below are some Bible verses for rebuilding your relationship with God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Psalm 91: 1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— whom shall I be afraid?
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.