Why is this Battle so hard – The Spiritual Connection   3 comments

Have you ever asked yourself, “ Why is it so hard for someone to get and stay clean/sober? You may have asked it in the past about yourself or a loved one. You may be asking it now. What I am about to share will I am sure surprise some, but others will be saying, “I knew it!”

 Simply put, the war that we fight against addiction, is MORE than just an emotional and physical condition, Addiction reach is in and touches us at the deepest part of our being – the Spirit.

 It is the Spirit that separates Man from all other creatures.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ….And God created Man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:26-27 (Darby)  

And Jehovah Elohim formed Man, dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and Man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7 (Darby)

We are not in His image, in that we “look like Him” we are in His image as we are Spiritual beings. I am going to go out on a limb and share a personal belief, and ask you to process it for yourself.

We are spiritual beings that temporarily reside in earthly physical bodies. The Spirit is the key component of who we are.

  • All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils Job 27:3
  •  Answer me speedily, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, or I shall be like unto them that go down into the pit.Psalm 143:7
  •  Man’s spirit is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all the inner parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:27
  • He that hath no rule over his own spirit is [as] a city broken down, without walls. Proverbs 25:28

So if we are “spirit” and our spirit is from God, then what happened? Why are we all so messed up? That is where the being human part comes in. Yes, we are spirit, BUT we are also flesh and bone, carnal and earthly, animals. We are designed to have the Spirit to be the guide of the rest of our being, but because we are natural beings and God gave us a free will, we can choose whether we follow the lead of the spirit, or seek our own fleshly desires. It started in Eden, and we continue the same battle on a daily basis. In Jewish thought is the battle between the good inclination and evil one.

 (Imagine the cartoons from childhood where there was a character trying to decide on whether to do a given act. This battle was often portrayed as a a white angel on one shoulder and a red demon sitting on the other.)

 Now it is not quite that simple, but it does give us a general idea of what is going in inside.

That being said, how does this apply to recovery?

Is it not true that this description explains what is going on in our hearts and minds as we fight this battle.

 Alcohol comes from the Arabic “al-kuhl” which was the name of a body-eating spirit. In fact, the English “ghoul” comes from the same word.

When Arab alchemists’ ingested alcohol their senses deadened and they named the substance according to its “body-taking” qualities. Knowing this, European speakers who understood its etymology coined the use of the term “spirits” for alcohol.

The use of the term spirits for alcohol goes very far back so it’s impossible to know for sure due the lack of written evidence, but this is the simplest answer to the question, and, in my opinion, the most likely to be true

 This is EXACTLY why the first three steps are SO important. Without a power GREATER than ourselves we are unable to win this battles for it is not just about flesh and blood, cravings and will power it IS a spiritual WAR!

 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

 Is it wonder that when people talk about their past and their issues, the call it their “demons”. I believe that it is not a coincidence that such a term has been used.

 This battle is more than just a physical one; it is a spiritual one. We can’t dismiss this as an imaginary battle or as an irrelevant struggle. We must take this war battle seriously.

David just before he charged forward in his battle against Goliath declared, “the battle is the LORD’S….”

1 Samuel 17:47

The battles that we fight with mental illness and/or addiction can definitely feel like we are fighting a “Goliath”. Here again why recognition and surrender to The Higher Power is the MOST important part of recovery. That is not to say that life will suddenly be easy just by turning our ‘lives and our wills” over to Him, but it will be easier. In fact, as I have said before, I personally do not believe that true recovery is possible without reliance on God.

So my friends, I urge you to choose today, for yourself, will you continue to fight alone or call for the ultimate in reinforcements?

I choose to not fight alone.

One breath, one step, one day at a time!


3 responses to “Why is this Battle so hard – The Spiritual Connection

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  1. Thank you for sharing the true nature of addiction and the solution, as well. I’d love to communicate with you more on this topic. Please have a look at my website and send me your contact details, if interested in discussing more.

  2. Pingback: The difference between Soul and Spirit

  3. Really all i can say is that is the truth. If we have no Spiritual life we will fail again.

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