How to Use This Study
This study uses the Israelites' journey and experiences in the Exodus to illustrate steps an individual can take to break bad habits and addictions, and to change unhealthy relationships. In addition, it is intended to help all participants understand the difficult journey traveled by those suffering from addiction to reach healing and wholeness. We are called to walk along with God’s people as they struggle to reach freedom and to be the people God intended for them to be from the beginning.
The Israelites' Exodus journey had three distinct phases:
Out of Egypt
Through the Wilderness
To the Promised Land
Part One of this study focuses on the damaging effects of bad habits, addictions, and unhealthy relationships that restrict the life God desires for us.
Part Two introduces the first steps toward healing and wholeness: admitting the need for help and call out to God.
Part Three details how God helps to face fears and failures and helps to take steps for healing.
According to a Pew Research Study (Oct. 26, 2017), 46% of Americans know someone who is currently or has been addicted to substances. So, it is safe to say, at least half or more of any church congregation has a personal experience with addiction. This study uses the Israelites' journey and experiences in the Exodus to illustrate steps an individual can take to break bad habits and addictions and to change unhealthy relationships. Every person has some part of their life they need to change: a habit they want to stop or a healthy one they want to start, an addiction from which to recover, or a relationship they would like to change for the better. An additional purpose of the study is to help all participants better understand the process of recovery. This is done by comparing events in the Exodus to the steps involved in recovery. As believers, we are called to walk along with God's people as they struggle to reach freedom and to be the people God intended them to be from the beginning.