Guilt, anger, and fear are powerful emotions that can hold a person in bondage. They are common feelings that fill the hearts of addicts. Let’s not confuse godly remorse, righteous anger, and rational fear for what I’m talking about. Godly remorse is knowing we’ve sinned and feel bad about it, it’s called a conscience. Righteous anger is when you’ve set a boundary and someone has violated it (or you may feel hurt). Rational fear would be a tornado barreling down your street. What I’m talking about is an all-consuming guilt, anger, or fear that paralyzes and defines you. It leads to confusion, regret, and bondage. For an addict it’s a vicious cycle of feeling the guilt, anger, and fear, then acting out to not feel that, but when the “fix” is gone the addict is right back to having those feelings. These feelings are lies to keep us in bondage. Jesus died on the cross for your sins, therefore, removing guilt from the equation. Anger is hurt hiding in a false armor of protection. Then there’s fear. God doesn’t want you to feel fear. Fear is the lack of faith. The opposite of fear is strength. We get our strength from God. He blesses us with the courage and strength to make the right choices. He gives us love, strength, and sound mind to make the right decision every time. He wants us to live as winners not losers, joyful not depressed, peaceful not angry, forgiven not guilty, of sound mind not confused, and powerful not weak.
What fears do you have to overcome? What seed of anger is in your heart? What are you not forgiving yourself for? Write them down and ask God to remove these things from you.
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