FREE FROM BONDAGE

A BATTLE ON BEHALF OF OTHERS

 

It is not just about getting victory over personal demons, one must be taught how to do spiritual battles on behalf of others. God has allowed the addict onto this road so that he/she can become part of the spiritual army that He is raising up to bring down Babylon. During graduation ceremonies we tell them; “You are a history maker, a spiritual warrior who knows the strategies and strongholds of the enemy.  You know what it is like to have your thinking darkened by the shadow of the selfish one. You know how he seduced you with his subtle whispering. Your testimony will lay his plans and schemes to waste in the lives of those who hear and see your new way of living”.

So in the regeneration centres, our focus is lasting change. This can be very hard for some to accept because many have come to believe through the negative statements and diagnoses that they cannot change, they have this condition, or irreversible brain damage, or this incurable disease, or this genetic disposition or pathological personality or bi-polar disorder or whatever.

CHANGING BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT

 

It may well be that some bad habits and lifestyles have become so engrained over time that one can mistake it for a heredity problem. However as Bible-based counselors we know and believe that with God anything is possible. Look at the change people went through when they had an encounter with Him. All the patriarchs of the Old Testament are striking examples of how radically people could change once they decided to believe in what God says. The Scriptures are full of examples of change. This is exactly God’s business, to change our lives from bondage and poverty to freedom and prosperity, speaking in a holistic sense, which is body, soul and spirit.

 

IT STARTS WITH REPENTANCE

 

Consider the change Saul the persecutor of the Christians, went through to become Paul, the champion of the Christian faith. Therefore he is qualified to give us teaching on the matter of godly change. We know it starts with repentance. We also know that genuine repentance leads to forgiveness and the putting right of matters. Let us look at a portion of Scripture extracted from a letter written by Paul to the Ephesians where previously we know there was a very strong culture of occultism. We can read about that in Acts 19 verse 19:

 

“A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.”

 

GOD HAS THE LAST SAY

 

In order for God to get the glory, He chooses to use instruments like Saul that in the eyes of the world has the least credentials to do the job. In our case, He uses ex-addicts with no medical, psychiatric or psychological training, to address an issue that top experts in those fields have no real solutions for. It is so simple when we look at our problems for the Divine point of view and do what the Manual on Life prescribes. Just call upon the name of Jesus Christ the Savior and He will set you free from the bondage of sin. In the war of words, God will have the last say.

 

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.