In 2009, Whitney Houston's comeback from a bad marriage and drug addiction was underway. With the release of her CD and the single "I Didn't Know My Own Strength", it was hoped that Whitney had once again returned to her thrown as the Queen of Pop. Unfortunately, in the meantime, her road to recovery, like many others with addiction problems, was paved with many potholes. And on Saturday, February 11, Whitney came to the end of her road.
What is truly sad about Whitney's fall from grace is that she was a believer who lost her way. While it is too late for Whitney to start a New Life Today, perhaps her life can serve as a lesson to us all.
Below are some Bible verses that will hopefully help other Christians who are trying to Start a New Life free from drugs and alcohol:
Lesson #1: Our Strength Comes from God
Isaiah 40:28-30 (NIV)
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Lesson #2: Your Body is a Temple
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Lesson #3: Don't Get Drunk
Ephesians 5:18 (NIV)
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lesson #4: We are Not of this World
Romans 12:1-3 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
For those Christians struggling to overcome a drug and/or alcohol addiction, remember Philippians 4:13 (KJV): "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." With the Lord's help, we accomplish anything. Unfortunately, it appears that Whitney forgot this. It appears that instead of looking up, should looked inward. And I am certain that she, like other addicts who have lost their way have found, overcoming addiction requires more than self-control. To overcome addiction, one must rely on God's strength.
Min. Michelle Lawson is the Founder of New Life Today Blog (www.newlifetodayblog.com). The purpose of the New Life Today Blog is to provide those looking to create a new life for themselves with the necessary tools, resources, information, Bible verses, and motivation.
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