Today’s meditation from Our Daily Bread contained a reference to the following, which I found most instructive for one recovering from addiction:
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:11-14, NKJV)
Do we still make provision for the flesh? Do we plan to cheat or to substitute one indulgence for the one from which we have declared abstinence? Does an alcoholic who really wishes to recovery hide a brandy in his footlocker? No! We make no provision for the flesh, and what’s more we are continually on alert, inventorying self for harms we do and lusts we have not yet acknowledged, promptly admitting those wrongs and addressing them as thoroughly and as urgently as we did our laundry list from Steps Four and Eight. The time of darkness has ended for those of us who cast it off in preference for the light. Praise be to the Father of lights, the only One who can dispel the darkness!
Dear Father, today, help me live in Your light and to drive out all the darkness the attempts to remain in me. Show me where it hides and root it out completely, that all of me would give way to the glory of Your righteousness, the only light I know.