Benefits of Believing in a Higher PowerDo you have unhealthy habits and turn to the wrong things to numb your pain? Have you tried to stop on your own but couldn’t? You must look for help from the One who has the power to help you…Christ. Life Recovery Step Two says, “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” If you’re wondering whether you should believe in a Higher Power, check out the benefits you’ll reap from believing in Christ as your Higher Power.

1. You will be more likely to succeed in sobriety.
Is there a connection between sobriety and believing in a Higher Power? Yes, absolutely! Research shows there is a connection between sobriety and believing in a Higher Power. A case study was published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, where 195 juvenile offenders were included in the research.

The authors reported that addiction was related to a lack of purpose and not fitting in. They found the top two factors that contribute to a person in recovery becoming sober were caring about other people and believing in a Higher Power.

2. You will learn to let go.
Learning to “let go and let God,” as the saying goes, is one of the best benefits of believing in a Higher Power.
Here’s an exercise:

  • Write a list of things you’re trying to control.
  • Surrender those things to God by prayer.
  • Rip up the paper.

3. You will gain a new purpose.
God has a purpose for your life that only you can fulfill; ask Him to reveal His plan for you. Who knows? Perhaps you could find purpose by starting a Life Recovery Group; learn more here. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

In this verse, God encouraged the nation of Israel, who had been taken away in the Babylonian Captivity, that He had a plan for them that was filled with hope. If God had a future for Israel even though they were in captivity, God has a plan for you despite your hurts and heartaches, too!

4. You will be empowered.
Overcoming obstacles such as addiction requires power. Do you have the power on your own? No! But when you trust Christ, He fills you with the Holy Spirit. Though you are weak, the Holy Spirit is strong. Zechariah 4:6 says, “It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit.”

5. You will feel a comfort you have never known.
Though addiction may have comforted you temporarily, it created discomfort and chaos in every area of your life. Before His crucifixion, Christ told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would come to comfort them (See John 14:16). Reclaim your peace by allowing the Holy Spirit—not food, porn, alcohol, shopping, substance abuse, codependency, or something else—to comfort you.

6. You will be able to overcome temptation.
Believing in Christ as your Higher Power means trusting in God’s Word. One of the best ways to overcome temptation is the Bible. When the enemy fills you with shame, discouragement, or some other temptation, read and memorize Scripture.

7. You will discover you are never alone.
Since disconnection is often the catalyst for addiction, what’s the antidote? Connection! If you don’t already have a recovery group, you can join a Life Recovery Group; find a Life Recovery Group online or in person. God is there for you to connect with as well. Whenever you feel alone or on the verge of giving up, remember that God has promised to, “not fail you or abandon you” (Joshua 1:5). Remember that.

Call 800-NEW-LIFE (639-5433) to find resources and a Life Recovery Group to help you grow in your faith and succeed in your recovery.

by Kimberlee Bousman