The Role of the Holy Spirit in RecoveryAre you being held back by addiction, or do you know someone who is? If so, breaking free may seem impossible. The harder you try, the more addiction seems to hold power over you. Though it may seem impossible to experience freedom, if you have a relationship with God, never forget that you have been given the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Triune God. Remember, “Everything is possible with God” (Mark 10:27, NLT).

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in recovery? Here are some of the ways the Holy Spirit helps with recovery.

1. The Holy Spirit indwells.
After you put your faith in Christ, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit lives in you from the moment you believe: “having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:13, KJV). You cannot lose the Holy Spirit, even if you sin; the Holy Spirit will always live in you.

2. The Holy Spirit convicts.
Ever wonder how God brings conviction to a person struggling with addiction, bad choices, or any numerous types of sin? It’s the Holy Spirit. If you know someone struggling with addiction, no amount of pleading or preaching on your end will convict them. Nothing moves a heart more than a nudge from the Holy Spirit. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in their life. If you struggle with addiction, when you feel the Holy Spirit nudging you, listen to and obey Him.

3. The Holy Spirit teaches.
Understanding how to grow in your faith and overcome challenges such as addiction may seem impossible. But remember that before Jesus left His disciples, He reminded them that God would send them a teacher—the Holy Spirit—to help them learn. Jesus said, “He will teach you everything” (John 14:26, NLT).

4. The Holy Spirit intercedes.
Sometimes, you don’t know what to pray for or ask God for, but the Holy Spirit knows! Pray throughout the day by asking the Triune God—God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—to help you.

“Before I go into an important meeting, I always pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help me.”—Steve Arterburn

5. The Holy Spirit produces fruit.
You can’t bear fruit without the help of the Holy Spirit. According to Galatians 5:22-23, the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The more you say no to the people, places, and things that trigger you, the easier it will be to say yes to the Holy Spirit to work in your life. As you live for the Lord, the Holy Spirit will produce more fruit.

6. The Holy Spirit empowers.
Part of recovery is recognizing that you can’t overcome addiction in your own strength. Surrender your desire to do life on your own terms; allow the Holy Spirit to control you. When you are powerless, the Holy Spirit will empower you. Consider what the Lord said in Zechariah 4:6 (NLT), “It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit.”

7. The Holy Spirit illuminates.
Studying God’s Word may seem intimidating. But when you start reading a Bible like The Life Recovery Bible, the Holy Spirit will illuminate and guide you to understand God’s Word. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to explain what you read. If you need help, join a Life Recovery Group where you can study the Bible together.

8. The Holy Spirit comforts.
How did Jesus describe the Holy Spirit? He referred to the Holy Spirit as “The Comforter.” John 16:7 (KJV) says, “if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you.” The Greek word paraclete means “one called to help.” In recovery, think of the Holy Spirit as a counselor who can comfort you as you cry out to Him; He can give you peace despite your past traumas, broken relationships, and all the ways you’ve been hurt.

If you or someone you know needs help in recovery, call us at 800-NEW-LIFE (639-5433). We can connect you with a counselor, coach, and Life Recovery Group.

by Kimberlee Bousman