Recovery is not battle anyone wins alone. We help each other to think and live in new ways. Alone, we are vulnerable to temptation; together, we form a shield of protection for one another. When we come to the realization that our strength comes from the True Living God, we begin to understand that we have a much higher chance of success by leaning on one another. That is what recovery is all about, being open minded, and willing to step outside of your comfort zone and step forward by your faith.
The apostle Paul wrote: “In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan” (Ephesians 6:16). Faith here refers to trusting Christ for salvation. In general terms it also means being steadfast in our convictions. This can apply to our convictions about God’s wisdom in the Bible or our confidence in the in the Twelve Steps. The shield of faith was likened to the shields carried by Roman soldiers, which covered the entire body. To advance in battle, a group of soldiers would assemble together, making a wall of shields for protection as they moved forward. When we truly grasp what the Golden Key of Faith can do in our lives, God will in return transform our heart’s into the man or woman we want to be.
In like manner, we are told to stick together. The writer of Hebrews wrote: “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warm each other” (Hebrews 10:25). We are to take our place in a fellowship of people that provides us with the mutual protection we need to stand firm in recovery. You’ve heard the old saying, “Two heads are better than one”, it’s absolutely the truth. Fellowship is imperative. When we fellowship we can become inspired, encouraged, and can gin wisdom. We are to lean on one another in all things.
We need to assemble with others who share the common beliefs helpful in recovery. One encouragement of one another, our shared faith in God and his Word, and the principles of the Twelve Steps will be a form of strength and protection as we advance in the recovery process. I encourage you my friends, lay your burdens before the cross, the GREAT PHYSICIAN is waiting for you with open arms. Take a large drink of the Divine Word and not only will it sate your thirst, it will quench your spirit. It’s this simple, there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Won’t you begin the ascension that God had planned for you from the beginning.