Steps 3 and 4 in recovery state, “We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity”, and “We make a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.” In CR Principle 3 says, “Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control”. Specifically, Jesus is the one who enables us to recover from our hurts, habits and hang-ups.
One of my favorite writers is Sarah Young. Her devotionals come from the perspective of God speaking directly to you. In her book, “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence”, she very clearly shares where our inner strength comes from as we deal with our struggles.
“I empower you – infusing inner strength into you so that you are ready for anything and equal to anything. It’s essential to remember that this inner strength comes though Me, through your connection with Me. It comes to you as you need it – as you take trusting steps of dependence, moving forward with your eyes on Me. This promise is a powerful antidote to fear – especially your fear of being overwhelmed by circumstances you see looming ahead. They may look daunting, but in Me you are indeed ready for anything and equal to anything.
Of course, you’re not currently ready for every imaginable situation. I carefully control what happens in your life. I am constantly protecting you from both known and unknown dangers. And I provide strength, just when you need it, for everything I allow to touch your life. Many of the future things you anxiously anticipate will not actually reach you. My promise is for things you face in the present, and it is sufficient. So when you are feeling the strain of an uphill journey, tell yourself the truth: ‘I have strength for all things through Christ who empowers me!’ (Philippians 4:13).”
When I am facing a difficult situation I have learned to bring my fears and concerns to Christ. Because it is through Him that I have the inner strength do what I need to do, even when it is hard. ~Marion