I just read two devotionals from a favorite book of mine titled ‘ The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard. The two subjects covered were very apt for those in sobriety or seeking sobriety who may or may not have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
The first subject was about being embarrassed about your faith. The scripture from the Bible about this topic is from Mark 8:38 (KJV -King James Version)
‘Whosover therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels’
I have found this to be difficult to live up too. As a new Christian you will find that you suddenly have many new friends, great rewarding friendships that you may never have experienced before. Around these people you will speak freely of God, Jesus and your faith, but around others it will be more difficult. In my experience, many of those who are believers prefer to keep their religion to themselves. Or they give you strange looks if you start spouting too much God talk. They say things like ‘I have my own way of thinking about things’ or ‘I do believe in something, just not a God’ Or instead of saying God they will say ‘the Universe’ or ‘some kind of force’ or they will say that ‘religion is something to keep your mind straight’.
This kind of talk does annoy me somewhat because if you truly believe in God then you should not be ashamed to talk about your faith. I get what Jesus is saying in this paragraph from Mark because as mere sinful people we do become embarrassed about revealing too much of our faith for fear of being teased or frowned upon. I have to say I am guilty of this myself but I am going to overcome it because I guess I would rather be judged by my God who is with me always and forever as opposed to those people who will come and go in my life.
In my short experience of being a Christian, God has worked wonders within me and in my life. For the first time in my life I have very few fears for the future and I am able to handle difficult situations better than I ever have in the past, I have some great friends and I have high hopes for the future. I talk to God on a regular basis and he leads me in the right direction or to the right answer every single time. When I feel down, confused, moody or irritable I can guarantee that I have drifted away from my faith and the commands that the Bible has given us to follow. It is work to have faith, it is a constant battle against your natural self but again I will say that the reward is high.
So…speak your mind about God and your faith. Don’t be ashamed. If you are an alcoholic and you want to stop drinking I would recommend that you ask God for help. Don’t forget to ask in Lord Jesus Christ’s name! ‘Ask and ye shall receive, knock and the door will be opened and seek and ye shall find’! Amen.
One last note…When I first embarked on my sobriety journey, I did take an interest in religion nor did I pray. It took me a very long time to realize that I was not staying sober alone and that I had little hope of staying sober alone. What I remembered long after I had some months of sobriety was that the night before I quit drinking, I was in such a state of upset and drunkenness that I screamed out to God. I screamed out saying ‘help me! why don’t you help me? Please help me to stop drinking?’ I also shouted a lot of expletives at him too. The next day, without a shadow of a doubt, something within me had changed. My resolve to quit drinking was strong and although extremely difficult I remained sober. Something about me had changed but I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly it was. Well, I know exactly what ‘it’ was now and there is no looking back for me now!
I will have to get back to you about the second subject from the devotional, this post took longer than I planned!