Day 25: How Do You Self Medicate?

escapeWhat are you trying to escape from?  We are SO GOOD at self medicating our hurts and needs.  We know exactly how to ‘escape’ internal pain, sometimes even external pain.  In our need to be loved, valued and accepted, we are constantly searching for self worth and fulfilment.  The world offers so many distractions from ‘complete contentment’ and peace.  In fact, the substitutes work for short periods of time.  Stop and think for a moment, what are your ‘go to’ things you use to make yourself feel better:

  1. working overtime, perfectionism
  2. shopping, filling the void with eating out, coffee, chocolate…
  3. smoking, drinking, porn
  4. social media, YouTube, Instagram
  5. movie escape, ear buds glued in your ears
  6. out with friends partying, sleeping around
  7. an over abundance of religious activities on your calendar
  8. working out, overly concerned about health and fitness, addicted to ‘health and wellness’

ANYTHING to keep from facing the ’emotions, feelings, and pain.’  Yes, I said emotions.  Many of us do not know how to handle the emotions that hit us any given day.  If you have past hurts that you have not dealt with, (even if you have dealt with them), there is a great likely-hood that you will continue to avoid facing the healing process by escaping to your ‘go to’ self help plan.  It has worked so well….so far.  Ask yourself, is there a deeper hunger, a hunger to be free of the vicious cycle?  Would you like the hunger pangs that call out for ‘more and better life’ to be answered?

Where do those desires come from.  I believe they come from Christ Jesus who lives in you.  Read the verses below slowly and carefully, but you must know that the origin of the desire and hunger to be free comes from someone you have already been made one with.  Jesus himself explicitly revealed why He came to earth when he said in John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;….

  • …I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – NASB
  • …My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. NLT
  • …I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.  – The Message

Do you want to experience ‘more and better’ life?  Then ask the one who lives IN YOU.  Perhaps today is the day to ‘start stopping‘ to rely on all the self medication tactics you have relied on for so long.  There is a loving and safe hand outstretched to you right now, offering peace, hope and joy.  Just believe it is there, you don’t even have to reach out to it, you may not even have the strength to be able to, but He has reached out to you and is the one holding you in the palm of His hand.  Today, begin to rest in that fact.

Lastly, you have been created to draw your strength and vitality from the one you who created you.  This is how He made you, to live out of Him.  That is why He says in Ephesians 5, to not be drunk with wine, but to be ‘filled’ with the spirit.  The word ‘filled’ means to ‘be controlled by’.  If wine controls you when you drink to much, how much better if you drink from the Spirit, and allow Him to control you?  Which has better lasting effects?

Please watch the video at the end, it does a wonderful job of showing how we try to escape, and then let the Spirit of ‘Christ in you’, show you how to rely on him moment by moment instead of the ‘old coping mechanisms’ we have had in place.

If you do, you WILL experience the abundant life, more and better than you could ever dream of!!

Mike Zenker

Questions For The Day:

  1. What are your ‘go to’ methods of avoiding certain emotions?
  2. Do you know that you do not need to rely on those methods any longer?
  3. What do the two sets of verses say to you today, read them slowly.
  4. Do you recognize yourself in the video ….at all?
  5. Will you call out to Him who lives IN YOU for help?  Are you ready to surrender?

Verses Of The Day:

Philippians 2:13

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (NLT)

Discover God himself as your inexhaustible inner source; he ignites you with both the desire and energy that matches his own delight! (Mirror Bible)

That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure. (message)

Ephesians 5:18

Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, (NLT)

Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ. (message)

While wine offers no lasting escape from the evil of the day, spirit certainly does! Indulge in spirit intoxication! (Mirror Bible)

Video of the Day



Heavenly Father, please show me where i have gone to escape dealing with pain and life.  show me my ‘coping mechanisms’ so that I can stop relying on them, and turn all my attention to you.  Please help me respond to your calling from deep within, that I can begin to ‘experience’ this ‘abundant life’ you promised.

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