Thursday, October 30, 2014

Do You Believe You Can Give Up the Addiction?

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. Colossians 3:16

Ever notice that those in life who are pessimists just tend to bring you down? They sap the very energy out of you? OK, maybe it's just me but I truly have a hard time being around those who think so negatively. An observation that I do have, is that those who think in such a negative fashion tend to get stuck when it's time to make a change for the better.

What makes recovery from an addiction possible has more to do with your belief in the outcome rather than the steps. Many who attend meetings like AA or Celebrate Recovery and relapse over and over again, find that as they unfold the truth, is that they don't truly believe it can work.

Yes, having support systems, and following proven steps, and using apps such as recoveryBox which aids you in discovering what your triggers and habits truly are  - well, those are just tools. The bottom line is as simple as this - "Do You Believe?"

If you don't fully believe that you can beat this addiction then you aren't going to. Ever wonder why AA has sponsors or accountability partners? Why do these folks remain in the program when many can simply walk away and never drink again, or never use drugs again or never view porn again or never enter that bad habit again? It's because they fully believe in the process and want to help others. They want to impart the wisdom and counsel they have from taking this journey before you.

So, today, I ask you. What do you believe?  If you don't know, it might be wise to take time and examine that question.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Overcoming the World

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

This morning I was reflecting on the Musical Monday song "Overcomer" by Mandisa and I remembered this verse where Jesus tells us to have peace in this world because he has overcome it...and so I thought I'd do a bit of research on it.

And wouldn't you know it, when I went to a site for a devotion by Billy Graham, my computer stopped me because pornography was trying to load on my screen. Oh how this verse just applies even more so.

See, this world is Satan's realm - and that's all! I'm so thankful that I have placed my hope in Jesus so that after my short time on this earth ends, I know I'm going to a place where all the heartache and bad things just don't exist.

The power of this world was overcome when Jesus Christ accepted going to the cross for our sins. He had no sin and took our upon himself as the sacrifice so that we might have eternal life in heaven. The peace he refers to is not the absence of strife here on earth (because he says "In this world you will have trouble" and if you are reading this devotional blog post then you know what I'm talking about as someone struggling with an addiction. But the power of this verse lies in the fact that Jesus says he has overcome this world so that we might have the hope of heaven. That is the peace in our lives we can have during our walk on earth.

My youngest child once asked me why can't God just take all the bad things away. And while that is such a HUGE question, for their age I simply answered, "So that we desire to want to know God. If everything was perfect we wouldn't think about Him at all here on earth." Of course that's not at all the entire answer but for him it was enough at bedtime. But the simplicity of this answer does reveal part of the truth. God really does desire our fellowship with Him in prayer and scripture time and eventually in heaven. He made us so why wouldn't He want us back?

So today as you see bad things happen around you - or perhaps you made a decision yourself that you wish you hadn't, take heart, Jesus has overcome this world. Have peace in that.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Musical Devo - Mandisa's Overcomer

Today's song Overcomer is an amazing song. My son suggested I used it because he listens to it every day and LOVES this song. I wanted to make sure he understood the meaning behind the song so I asked him one day what do you think it means - and he simply said - "I've overcome hard things."  Well, that's just about it.

Hope you enjoy it!  Great tune to listen to early in the morning to get the day started right.

"Overcomer"by Mandisa

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T Mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing's really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He's not gonna let it get the best of you

You're an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You're not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it's hopeless
That's when He reminds You
That you're an overcomer
You're an overcomer

Everybody's been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Oh, you're not alone
Just take a breath, don't forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There's nothing He can't do
He's telling You

Monday, October 27, 2014

God In the Storm

God In The Storm - Our Daily Bread

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I am Second ~ Brant Hansen: Disabilities and Doubt

The Story - ~ Brant Hansen


Being diagnosed with social and autistic handicaps at a young age might limit the career choices of some people. Not so with Brant Hansen. Now the popular host of WAY-FM’s morning show, Brant not only shed the limitations of those conditions, but also put aside a skepticism of God to be speaking to the masses about Jesus via his radio program.
Hear Brant share his story and ask yourself just what things are stopping you from living out your faith?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Word Proves True

Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

I can remember someone asking me how can you believe what is written in that book. It's old. It's so contradicting. You are a person of science and this is a thing of faith - the two don't mix!

The truth of the Bible is this. There are 4 gospels and the book of Acts that were written by eyewitnesses to all the accounts of what Jesus said and did. When these books were written, there were others alive who were also eyewitnesses and could have refuted the accounts - but they didn't.
Just because a book is old doesn't mean it's true.

Being criticized as a believer of Jesus is nothing new. These attacks have come since the time of Jesus (and even before really). What makes the Bible amazing, is that so much of it has come true so far (and much more to come). We have history on our side.

Yes, there is an element of faith the we have to have. The devil doesn't want you to believe. He would rather you live in a world of doubt and shame and addictions and hurts and habits rather than accept the truth and be free. I know for me living in that world was dark and ugly. But living in the truth of Christ has freed me and so it's hard for me to even fathom why someone wouldn't believe (even though I've been there).

Take refuge in His Word and be free.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Battling the Temptation

Psalm 119:11
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

How do we guard ourselves against temptations and the battles of this broken world? One way is to read scripture. To study it, memorize it, pour our hearts into reading the Bible,  and soaking up God's word into our hearts. 

I am not one to be able to memorize easily. But what I have found is because I read it a lot, that I am well versed enough to be able to recall ideas I have read in scripture and then be able to look it up. I'm so thankful I can do at least that.  It truly has saved me more than once from poor choices and has enabled me to boldly have conversations defending my position rather than shy away.

Our struggles come from the world which is on the outside. What will save us will come from inside - the stored scripture in our hearts and the Holy Spirit that dwells within.