By the Grace of God, No More Drugs for Me

by Eric Dunbar

No more drugs for meThank God for His grace! It is because of God’s grace that we, who were once addicted can say “No more drugs for me!” Do not be deceived friend, it is not because of your effort — because you attend AA or NA meetings — that you are no longer a substance abuser. The scriptures tell us that it is not by our strength nor by our own power that we are made clean, but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). Understand that it is purely because of God’s grace that you are free of your addiction.

Through God’s mercy He gives us grace (unmerited favor). You see, God’s law says we deserve to live defeated lives as substance abusers. Instead God’s mercy gives us the victory over our addiction because God is merciful. The Bible is filled with illustrations of God’s mercy. The apostle Paul is a great illustration of God’s grace in action.

Paul says, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life” (1 Timothy 1:12-16).

I can totally understand Paul’s rationale. When I used to smoke crack cocaine I was a thief, a liar, and the worst kind of person that anyone could be. But I thank God for grace, for it was through God’s grace that I saw God’s mercy. It was through my addiction to crack that I realized that Christ came into the world to save sinners. Because of God’s grace I was shown mercy that Jesus Christ might show His abundant longsuffering in me first as a pattern for those who are going to believe Him for deliverance from an addiction.  It is because of that grace that I can say, “No more drugs for me.” Now I am thankful to Christ Jesus our Lord for counting me faithful to put me in this position to minister to you.

I challenge you to stop trying to be good and allow God to make you good. Begin to see yourself as you are and then you will know how much you need the grace of God to change you into the person God intended you to be. My friend, the grace of our Lord is abundant, full of faith and love, and He has given you that abundant grace through His Son.

Remember, Christ came into the world to save sinners not the other way around. Look at it this way: Christ came into the world to save you from your addiction. He did not come to save you after you come clean of your addiction, but to save you and make you clean. Trust in the finish work of Christ, and rest in what He has done and by the grace of God you too can say , “No more drugs for me!”

2 Replies to “By the Grace of God, No More Drugs for Me”

  1. This IS all God, the Holy Spirit’s work. This is what we are saying in the book title. I assume the contents are true to the title. Further, the great commission to the church is to teach all Jesus has “commanded” us. So one could argue that the great commission is all about law boot camp right? Or why not? But on the other hand, “grace” implies, in the narrow meaning, which I assume this site is supposed to be all about what God has done for us in Christ and what is given to us by God without any effort on our part. So, in summary: that word “grace” would completely exclude every single thing AA is about and only about. Now on the other, other hand, the Lutheran confessions say “Good works are necessary!” They also say “if one has faith, then Good Works must follow!” As a Lutheran, how do I share what I just wrote with what I wrote about AA? My real question in all this is: How do the good folks at Mockingbird reconcile this all?

    1. Hi Hana, This website is about drugs, addiction, family and God. I agree with everything you said in you comment. However, AA is about an individual working to receive their sobriety. Whereas, grace is about resting in the finished work of Christ to receive salvation, which is health, wealth, wholeness and healing. Yes, we should have good works, but our good works has nothing to do with what we receive from Christ. As for anyone reconciling any of this, I remind myself that only Christ can open blind eyes, and then I tell myself, I am not Christ. Thanks for your input.

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