Ø Relapse Defined
− “The act or instance of backsliding, worsening, or subsiding.”
− Occurs after a person has achieved sobriety for an extended period of time.
− The biblical proverb describes relapse:
v “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:22b
− After experiencing the freedom of a sober lifestyle, is choosing to return to the slavery of addiction.
− Relapse is more than just a physical condition, it shows a heart condition.
· Some people think relapse is a physical problem when it is really a heart problem.
v “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Luke 16:1-13
− In this case Jesus was talking about taking care of money and the decisions we make now and how they impact eternity.
− The choices we make now have eternal consequences.
− We need to be faithful with the small things that God gives us now, so that we can grow to be good stewards of the bigger things.
− Relapse involves making a decision for a moment of pleasure but has greater consequences.
· Your choice to satisfy a temporal pleasure reveals a momentary loss of eternal perspective.
v “No servant can serve two masters, for wither he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Vs 13
− The word of God calls sin a wilful choice to disobey and not trust God.
− We disobey God because we don’t trust Him.
1. What were you thinking prior to your relapse?
2. What were you feeling (emotions) prior to your relapse?
3. What were some actions you took that made relapse occur easier?
4. What were some of the words you said to yourself or others prior to relapse?
5. What did you hope to achieve prior to your relapse? What were the desires of your heart?
Ø Not Defeated
− Relapse does not mean total defeat.
− We are only defeated when we do not try to get back up.
− God can and wants to give you new life if you will let Him.
v “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Gentry 50:20
− Joseph talking to his brothers about selling him into slavery
− God can turn any situation for the good.
− Only God redeems our bad choices and brings good out of them.
− He will do the same for you.