Fear is a great instructor. Carl Jung said, “Find out what a person fears most, and that is where he will develop next.”
Elizabeth Elliot offered great insight on fear: “Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.”
That is especially true of recovery. I see it all the time – a fear of relapse. And when we think our recovery is completely dependent on our own strength, abilities, and discipline, we open the door to fear. And fear will walk in every time.
Recovery Step: Pray with King David, “Know my anxious thoughts!” (Psalm 139:23). Then live your life in utter dependence on the only One who can cast out all fear.
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.