Proverbs 22:5Thorns and traps lie in the paths of evil people. But those who guard themselves stay far away from them.
A large part of the process of change is the commitment to keep changing. Nothing stays the same, except God. We live in a changing world and as we grow spiritually we have to continually adjust our character, with God’s help according to our spiritual maturity.
Along the way, we will all face temptations. To overcome temptation we need tolearn to stay close to Godand to guard the changes He has made in our habits andATTITUDES.
I can honestly say since I entered recovery I have been offered more alcohol and drugs than I ever was when I was using. Thankfully with God’s help, I have always been able to say no.
Do you have a plan for avoiding the thorns and traps when they present?
To you, O God, belong the greatness and the might, the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor; Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth; the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all. Riches and glory come from you, you’re ruler over all; You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand to build up and strengthen all. 1 Chronicles 29:11-12
God is the source of all strength and power.He is Lord over everything in heaven and on earth. By His power, we are strengthened live new lives New lives where we learn to trust Him more and more for each day’s problems as we grow deeper in a relationship with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
Now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him. Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done. Colossians 2:6-7