#2238 Because It’s Not Forbidden Doesn’t Mean It’s Good For You

verse for today1 Corinthians 6:12  I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things aren’t good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to.

Some things are not sinful in themselves, but they are not appropriate because they can control our life and lead us away from God.  One of the biggest decisons I have ever made in my life was to move away from my family, friends and everything that existed in my life. Why did I do it? Because God told me I had to if I wanted to achieve sobriety. I wasn’t a Christian at the time. I very rarely acknowledged or communicated with God. (not even in the middle of the mess that was my life) I had tried achieving sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymos (unsuccessfully) I had learned the Twelve Steps to the point I could teach them to other people. I had honestly attempted to apply them to my life, but I just couldn’t stop.

Then one night I heard God say to me “If you want to achieve sobriety you need to leave Western Australia.” I did, and the result of doing so was complete life transformation. How does that relate to todays scripture? Staying in Western Australia was not forbidden by God, nor was it sinful. We all want to be with the people we feel most comfortable with. The people we love most in our lives. We all want to live where we feel comfortable, doing what we are comfortable doing. For me those things were not good for me and I can honestly say today if I hadn’t left Western Australia I do not believe I would be where I am today in the recovery process. Through that decision I went to a place where I had no supports and nowhere to live. I went to a place where I felt uncomfortable, every minute of everyday.

It was also a place where because of the circumstances I was in I had to seek help to rebuild my life. I found that help through The Salvation Army, Bridge Programme and through what I learned about recovery on the programme I met Jesus Christ, made a conscious decision to put my life in His hands and let Him lead.

To stay where I was I believe,  would have put me back on the ‘merry-go-round’ of ‘stop-start recovery. Staying wasn’t good for me. I had no idea what was ahead of me. God did and through learning to let Him lead, lean in Him and let go of my creature comforts my life today is better than ever I could have imagined.