It has been reported that John Wesley’s final words were, “The best of all is, God is with us.”
That is a powerful promise. In your addiction, God is with you. In your pain, God is with you. In your betrayal, God is with you. You can’t chase him away. You can’t outrun God. Even in your bad choices and worst moments, God is with you.
Don’t pray for God’s presence. That would be like praying for sunrise just seconds after the sun rose. God’s presence is already there. It’s time to enjoy the benefits of that presence.
Paul embraced the presence of God in his time of need. He wrote, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26).
You don’t need to run to God today. No need to go searching for the one who is already there. No need to find God; he has already found you.
Recovery Step: Trust in the one who is already there.
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.