The important points are in bold.
I did not intentionally follow the previous posts on sexual abuse with this post. However, it does fit!
Yet it’s also true in many other areas! For me, “hiding my feelings in order to feel safe” is an “addiction” that will destroy my relationships if I give into it. That’s probably why I’m so diligent to clear up anything that feels like a possible separation in my relationships. I’ve had to break off that habit!! It took hard work to replace the lies with actions of truth! But once again, I wouldn’t take anything for those lessons!! God’s discipline was a gift of love!!
This passage is so meaningful to me!! I hope you will read it.
A section from the Bible Study DANIEL by Beth Moore p 87, 88.
Quote: As we draw this week’s study to a close, concentrate on the advice Daniel gave Nebuchadnezzar to “renounce” his sins.
The original word peruq is translated accurately by the KYV: “break off thy sins”.
The idea could be illustrated by breaking off a yoke from around the neck. Daniel was probably telling Nebuchadnezzar to break off his wicked branches before God broke him.
Beloved, I want to share something with you out of compassion and empathy. I have learned the hard way that some things don’t need to be moderated. They need to be stopped. Broken off. Ended. You know me well enough to know I’m not talking about marriage, but I am talking about a host of other things.
Some things—substances, activities, relationships—are so toxic to us that moderation won’t work. Have you made this discovery for yourself?
Some things don’t need to be cut back. They need to be cut off. If you are someone who desperately needs to hear this point, I wish I could sit across the coffee table, hold your sweet hands, look you straight in the eye with overflowing love, and say, “I understand how difficult this is. But you must let it go. Don’t just release it. Renounce it. Push it off. You must, or it will eventually destroy you.” Get some help! Get some accountability! Get to it because it’s getting to you.
Daniel’s advice to Nebuchadnezzar to break off his sins by doing what was right was brilliant replacement “theology.” He didn’t just tell him to stop doing one thing. He told him to start doing another. Scripture is full of exhortations to not just cease one activity: replace it with another. Isaiah 1:16-17 says, “Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!”
When we cease a habitual activity, to do absolutely nothing in its place is the fastest track back to addiction. Remember, nature abhors a vacuum. We all yearn to be filled. Ephesians 5:18 says, “Be filled with the Spirit”! God has a healthy replacement for the old destructive filler. Seek Him and find it! Get godly counsel, get into a support group, but whatever you do, don’t just ignore the warning like Nebuchadnezzar did. If my plea is resonating with you, I lovingly implore you as one who has been there.
Break it off before it breaks you.
God loves you so, Dear One. Otherwise, why on earth would He care? “Whom the Lord loves He chastens” (Hebrews 12:6, NKJV)