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The Worst Of All Positions

Recovery (Substance Abuse) God's Love Parenting

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-12-13

Scripture: Luke 22:42

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

I recently asked a large group of young people at a drug and alcohol rehab center who it was that said "no" to their addictive behavior. The answer for most was a parent. When I asked them which "no" made them most angry, the consensus was the refusal to bail them out of jail. I then asked how this refusal made them feel. They were anger, they were outraged, they responded with resentment and outbursts of profanity, they ranted, they raved, and they made every effort to shame and guilt their uncooperative parents.

When asked if they now understood why it was important that their parents allowed them to suffer the consequences of their poor choices, to a person they said they did. Finally, I asked a question that seemed to surprise them. "Have you thanked your parents for saying no?" Not one of them had.

Clearly, these young people had failed to appreciate the terrible position in which they had placed their parents. What a nightmare for these parents to have to choose between helping their child, or refusing their pleas in the hopes that the pain might work to their good. What a terrible choice for a parent to have to make.

APPLICATION

Here is where this lesson convicted me. Although I have never put my earthly parents in such a situation, I have forced my heavenly Father to make a terrible choice. Because of my stubborn disobedience, He had to choose between me and His Son. When Jesus cried out in the garden, "take this cup from me," the Father had to choose, He couldn't say "yes" to Jesus and "yes" to us.

Do you recognize that it was your actions that put Him in that terrible situation? Have you thanked your heavenly Father for saying "no" to His Son so that He could say "yes" to you?

""Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done" (Luke 22:42).

Mitchell Dillon, founder of Illustration Exchange

Vain Promises

Recovery (Substance Abuse) God's Promises Temptation

Source: Ann Landers' advice column

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-12

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; 2 Corinthians 1:20

Author: unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

Years ago, an alcoholic sent famed advice columnist Ann Landers the follow message:

We drank for happiness and became unhappy.
We drank for joy and became miserable.
We drank for sociability and became argumentative.
We drank for friendship and made enemies.
We drank for sleep and awakened without rest.
We drank for strength and felt weak.
We drank “medicinally” and acquired health problems.
We drank for relaxation and got the shakes.
We drank for bravery and became afraid.
We drank for confidence and became doubtful.
We drank to make conversation easier and slurred our speech.
We drank to feel heavenly and ended up feeling like hell.
We drank to forget and were forever haunted.
We drank for freedom and became slaves.
We drank to erase problems and saw them multiply.
We drank to cope with life and invited death.

APPLICATION

The temptations of life deliver exactly the opposite of what they promise. Jesus, on the other hand, delivers more than promised, more than what we are able to comprehend.

"However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Take A Deep Breath and Grip the Wheel

Recovery (Substance Abuse) Determination Dependence on God

Source: Celebrate Recovery

Contributed By: Bruce Kay | Date Posted: 2013-12-18

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:10

Author: Mary Natl, Women's Encourager Coach
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ILLUSTRATION

A recent devotional from Celebrate Recovery read:

When our daughter called recently sick with the flu and could barely talk over the phone, I packed my bag & headed her way. It was snowing and the roads were treacherous in places. There were signs flashing every few miles, "Road Icy, Use Slower Speed." Some cars were flying by at regular speed. I took my time and decided I didn't care if others were passing me. I was going to do what the sign said. Traveling the snow-packed mountain roads I realized I was holding my breath & griping the steering wheel. I started talking to God out loud and asking for protection. I made a conscious effort to breathe deeply and focus on God being there for me. And you know what? Along the way I saw 3 car wrecks with ambulances, cops and fire trucks. I prayed for them as I slowly made it to our daughter's home safe and sound. 

APPLICATION

"Reflecting on recovery," said the author, "we need to take our time on the road to recovery. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. Breathe deeply. Say the Serenity Prayer. Praise God for every victory over each hurdle."

"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you" (1 Peter 5:10, ESV).

Love Through Our Actions

Recovery (Substance Abuse) Love (Human) Gratitude

Contributed By: Bruce Kay | Date Posted: 2013-12-18

Scripture: 1 John 3:18

Author: Rodney Holmstrom, Celebrate Recovery National Assi
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It's Not Safe Having "Them" Around Us

Recovery (Substance Abuse) Risk Mercy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-01

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:8

Author: Rodney Holmstrom, Nat'l Assimilation Coach, Celebr
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Christmas - A Recovery Mission!

Recovery (Substance Abuse) Redemption Christmas

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-21

Scripture: Matthew 11:28

Author: Rick Warren
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Woman Hit With Bowling Ball for Saying No to Drink

Recovery (Substance Abuse) Faithfulness Consequences

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-24

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Pressure to Conform

Conformity Fellowship Transformation

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-01-29

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:14 ; Romans 12:2

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Evil Is "Make-Believe"

Evil Sin Nature Naive

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-09-09

Scripture: Mark 7:21

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Extreme Makeover

New Birth Regeneration Transformation

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-06

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Author: Thomas Bevers
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