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“Isabel, would you like for me to take your pills away?” Bev asked.

Isabel had been using for fifteen years. She didn’t know life without pills. And the thought of living sober scared her. But she also knew she wasn’t honoring God. Her addiction was destroying her body, the temple of the Holy Spirit within her. Could she give them up? She needed to decide. Bev was waiting.

For weeks now, Bev had been discipling her. Encouraging her. Helping her to take in God’s word and apply it to her life. And with her question, she’d given her an opportunity to step out in her faith and surrender her addiction to the Lord. Bev was a friend, connected in Christian community with Isabel, extorting her to move closer to Jesus.

As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)

Isabel had confided in Bev about her life growing up in Paraguay. And how at the age of four a family member abused her. She described the burden she bore of being the oldest child of many siblings and having to care for them. At the age of thirteen, she was taken from her country home to live in the city and work as a maid. She never got to be a kid or enjoy the freedom of childhood.

A short time after her move to the city, her grief soon spilled out in what she called a “nervous attack.” Her employer said she was out of control, so she gave Isabel pills to “settle her down.”  At first, the pills helped. Isabel felt free and light. Like she didn’t have a care in the world.

But the pills soon became Isabel’s crutch. She needed one in the morning to get her going. Another to function during the day. And more to put her to bed at night. She took them after a bad day at work. During a crisis. When she felt like giving up. She couldn’t stop. She was in a downward spiral. She needed a change. And as a missionary and sister in Christ, Bev was there to offer godly counsel, direct Isabel to seek God in His Word, and offer to take away her pills.

Bev continued to wait. Isabel turned and walked into her bedroom. She emerged with a small canister full of pills. She handed them over to Bev and surrendered her struggle with addiction to God.

With a gift, you can encourage and strengthen a Christian believer to better live their life for Christ. Together, we can “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV). When we do, others will witness the goodness of God and hear about the Good News of His Son Jesus. The body of believers will grow and strengthen as more people enter relationship with Jesus Christ and live their lives for His glory!

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