Harvest Recovery –The Journey to Freedom
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away;
behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Harvest Recovery is a fellowship of men and women, who through the power of Jesus Christ, seek freedom from the sin we call addiction. We believe a person can only be totally freed from this bondage through the power of God’s indwelling Holy Spirit and the application of His Word to our lives.
Harvest Recovery is all about:
1. Being reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
2. Being dependent on the Holy Spirit for personal victory.
3. Applying Biblical Principles to every aspect of our lives.
4. Providing love and support to those seeking freedom.
5. Encouraging one another through prayer.
Harvest Recovery is open to those who:
1. Are seeking deliverance from their life dominating sin.
2. Have loved ones who are in bondage.
3. Would like to learn more about victorious living through Jesus Christ.
Some who attend this fellowship have been Christians for many years, while for others
a relationship with Jesus is a completely new idea. Regardless of your situation you are
welcome. We meet every Friday night.
Harvest Recovery is not a program with programmed answers to the struggle of
addiction. Rather, we present a person, Jesus Christ, as the way to freedom. (John 8:36)
Many have come to us asking for direction for attaining personal victory. While we try to
avoid giving a formula to freedom, here are some recommendations which we have come
to know are helpful in seeking to “lay aside the sin which clings so closely.” (Hebrews
1. A personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ
To say this is a recommendation is to understate the case. The foundation for a life free
of bondage is a personal relationship with God. The Bible reveals that human beings
were originally created to be in fellowship with God. When sin entered the world this
fellowship was broken resulting in a spiritual thirst for all. Ultimately, it is attempts<
to satisfy this thirst with anything other than God that is the source of addiction. Jesus
declared that He was the way back to God (John 14:6) and that He had spiritual water to
give to satisfy this spiritual thirst. (John 4:14)
2. Consistent fellowship with other Christian’s
One consequence of being in bondage to sin is a sense of isolation. It naturally follows
that if freedom is to be attained this must be reversed.
Harvest Recovery is just one avenue where fellowship can occur. Because of the guilt
and shame which accompanies addiction, many feel comfortable in such a setting.
However, participation in Small Groups, Women’s and Men’s Ministries, etc., is also
3. Acquire a prayer/accountability partner.
Harvest Recovery does provide a setting for sharing in the group. However, there may be
some things too uncomfortable or not appropriate for a group setting. For such things, a
prayer partner is recommended. This would be someone with whom you are comfortable,
who is of the same sex, and who is stable in their Christian walk. Ideally, this would be
someone who attends Harvest Recovery regularly, but others who fit the above criteria
would be appropriate.
4. Regularly attend a church where Jesus is exalted and the Bible is taught and believed to be God’s Word.
In addition to fellowship in group settings, it is important to be part of a local church.
God’s plan is for His people to be part of a church where spiritual needs are met. Harvest
Recovery is not meant to replace the church, but to assist the church in meeting a specific
5. Read and Memorize God’s Word.
Jesus stated,” Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from
the mouth of God.” God has seen fit to preserve His Word in the Bible. Just as it would
not be wise to go without physical nourishment, neither is it wise to go without spiritual
nourishment from God’s Word. Harvest Recovery has literature to assist in the daily
reading of God’s Word as well as Scripture memory tools.
6. Talk with God on a daily basis through prayer.
The Bible teaches us to “pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17) Prayer is simply
talking to God as a trusted friend. With such a friend, freely sharing all thoughts and
feelings is not difficult. The same should be true as a relationship with God is cultivated.
Since He knows all things nothing will shock Him. We can bring all our burdens to Him,
knowing He will work on our behalf.
7. In service to the needs of others.
Self-centered thinking is yet another consequence of addiction which must be reversed.
In Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus reminds us that if we desire to find life, the way is through
self-denial and losing our lives for the kingdom. There are many opportunities at Harvest
Recovery as well as in the church and community to serve the practical needs of others.
These recommendations are not meant to be exhaustive but a starting point for
those interested in a life of freedom. It is important that none of these become a
legalistic burden. As has been stated, Jesus is ultimately the Way to freedom.
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