Step One: Dangerous Self-Deception

Bible Reading: Judges 16:1-31

We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction and that our lives had become unmanageable.

When we refuse to admit our powerlessness we are only deceiving ourselves. The lies we tell ourselves and others are familiar: “I can stop any time I want to.” “I’m in control; this one won’t hurt anything.” And all the while, we are inching closer to disaster.

Samson was one of Israel’s judges. As a child, he had been dedicated to God and God had gifted him with supernatural strength. But Samson had a lifelong weakness—the way he related to women. Samson was especially blinded to the dangers he faced in his relationship with Delilah. His enemies were paying her to discover the secret of his strength. Three times she begged Samson to tell her his secret. Each time she set him up and tried to hand him over to the enemy. Three times Samson lied to her and was able to escape. But each time he got closer to telling her the truth. Finally, Samson revealed his secret, was taken captive, and died a slave in enemy hands.

Samson’s real problem can be found in the the lies he told himself. By not admitting his powerlessness, he remained blind to the obvious danger that his pride and desire for beautiful foreign women were leading him into. This caused him to gradually inch his way toward an untimely death.

We need to be careful not to fall into a similar trap. As we learn to acknowledge our powerlessness over our addictive/compulsive tendencies daily, we will become more aware of behaviors that will likely lead us to destruction.

Author: Sober Chick

My name is Michele. I am 48 years old, I am a born again Christian, and a recovering alcoholic and addict. I got saved when I was 16 years old. Starting at 17 I tried alcohol for the 1st time and got drunk. At 18 I tried my 1st drug and since then I have been battling addictions my whole adult life. As my classmates were going to college after graduation, I was preparing myself to party. I was a responsible kid, kept a job, paid my car payment on time and built up really good credit. You have to understand something about me....I'm an all or nothing type of person. I would envy my friends who did things in moderation and had the ability to just say no. My story in a nutshell is basically this .....on the outside it appears I have it all together but on the inside I was always "lost". I had to put myself in the gutter before I openly admitted I had a big addiction problem. Now I want to serve the Lord and fulfill His purpose for my life. His purpose is really what I have been chasing all along. Never feeling complete, my footing never steady. What I needed was to surrender the strongholds in my life and let God take over. My hunger for God and His word is stronger than any other craving that comes up. My blog will be mostly just about me, what I am going through, what I'm learning, and how God is working in my life. It will be a tremendous blessing if anything I write can help another person come to Christ and come to know of the amazing and endless love God has for all of us and how he can change us from a life of searching and chasing to giving us a life of peace, joy and purpose.

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