As a recovering addict, learning to resist temptations is a new process, but it is something that all Christians must learn to do. Challenging situations do not disappear once you become clean and sober. Moments will arise where drinking or drugging not only becomes tempting, but promising. As a Christian in recovery, you have a God that will help you through these trying times.
For because He himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.
It’s important to remember you are not the one in control of your addiction. Attempting to resist temptation on your own is right where your disease wants you. By admitting you are powerless over addiction and turning it over to God, you remove the power your disease has in your life. Scripture tells us that when our faith is in Him, He will guide us in resisting temptations.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
The phrase “let go and let God” only works if you put this effort into action. By partaking in spiritual activities such as worship, prayer and bible study you are equipping yourself to overcome the temptations that present themselves. You are also opening yourself up for guidance from God through these activities. As a Christian in recovery, it’s also important to continue working the program. Seek recovery groups at your church such as Celebrate Recovery or Addictions Victorious.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
With your faith in Christ, you will have the power to resist temptations when they arise. It is only through admitting powerlessness and turning it over that you are able to find true power in Jesus. Remember, our God is greater than any problem you may be facing. Despite the trials you encounter, always seek to find joy in the Lord.