THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL BRING YOU HOME
No matter how lost someone has become in their personality and thinking or how deviant and dysfunctional their behaviour has become, with the help of a Holy Spirit endued guide, who has experience in mapping within the pages of the Bible, that poor lost individual can be brought home. Biblical counsellors need to study the Bible and through its rules of interpretation, apply its principles to their own lives first before they can hope to guide others along the ancient paths that lead to spiritual maturity and wholeness. For this reason, it is vitally important that as a spiritual discipline, we put our own house in order so that we do not become guilty of contaminating the Divine view with meaningless human philosophy. Such integration leads to confusion and adds to the lostness of those who may come seeking guidance through us. We must be uncompromising when pointing people to God’s viewpoint on matters such as addictive compulsive behaviour.
FIX YOUR EYES ON GOD’S KINGDOM
It is true that God wants to meet our needs and give us an abundant life but there is a condition to this. In order to reach our destination on a route march, we must keep our eyes fixed on the guiding principle or reference point. That is why the Scripture teaches us to seek God’s Kingdom first and also the right living He demands before He can bless us with the things we need. The dangerous thing about the human viewpoint is that it puts its focus too much on the needs of the counselee. Most if not all drug addicts have become the most self-centred beings you can possibly find. Their entire existence has revolved around satisfying the constant craving of their appetites. It is this self-indulgence that has led to their downfall in the first place. It is the very essence of the bait Satan used to set the trap for Adam and his partner.
THE EGO IS THE ENEMY OF GOD
If Eve could only have seen through that very subtle way in which Satan used her senses to lead her into the trap. He promised her something she already had but he led her to believe God is withholding. She already shared the Divine character because she was a reflection of the glory of God. She was in Adam when God created Adam in His likeness. What neither of them needed was knowledge of evil. The personification of evil is self-centeredness. It is an ego that raises itself against God thus becoming an enemy of God. It is a thought life focused on the human point of view, a view that wants to find its ways independently of God’s code. If we do not point this out to counselees we will not be able to raise their sights to where real help is, namely from above.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.