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Whom seek ye?   5 comments

Jesus … said unto them, “Whom seek ye?”John 18:4

Who or what are you seeking in your life?

Love?                                      Money?                          Power?                                Happiness?

                   Recovery?                               Peace?                              Friends?

Yeah, it sounds a little funny including Recovery with these. There is absolutely nothing wrong with desiring any or all of them to some degree or another, but even if you did have that one thing that you seek, there would still be a whole in your life waiting to be filled. So I ask you one more time what are you REALLY seeking? What are you the MOST passionate about?

I tell you it is my opinion that there is a BEST answer to the above question, and if we answer it correctly, then ANYTHING and EVERYTHING we need WILL BE taken care of. So what should be our Passion, what should we be seeking?

To draw closer to God.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:20-35

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19

When we serve Him and truly recognize Him as the Lord of our lives then we have NOTHING at all to worry about, if we will just believe and trust Him. There will be times of bounty and times of lack, but He will insure that at ALL TIMES our NEEDS are met.

In the event that you feel that you NEED something that has not yet been provided then ASK!

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Remember who your DADDY is, THE God of Heaven and Earth. He owns the “Cattle on a thousand hills”, and for that measure, he owns the hills too! So no matter what your need: physical natural provision, healing, hope, peace, joy, etc, HE is not like a man that will give you a stone instead of bread or a snake when we ask for a fish. He is a GOOD God who loves us and only gives us GOOD gifts. He knows our needs even before we ask, and sometimes he just test our faith in Him by withholding that which is needed until we ASK.

…yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4;2-3

11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11

 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

I know you are thinking, OK that is a good study and makes sense to “normal” people. What about those of with some many issues. We can’t just abandon all control and our old beliefs and ways of doing things.

He asks that we have an open mind heart and simply seek after HIM. Fortunately, Faith is very much like our recovery. It is a process and a journey, He does not ask or expect us to be perfect automatically, However, the closer that we get to Him the more like Him we will desire to be. As we take one step at a time further done the road, He helps us to learn new ways, His ways, As we read and study His Word, and give lay our lives and our wills over to Him, we are transformed more and more into His image.

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. I Timothy 2:15

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12-1-2

 …Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word Ephesians 5:25-26

My dear friends as we come to faith in God and truly accept what Christ death and resurrection accomplished for our lives, we will begin to realize that we are NOT the same person that we were in the past. We are being renewed and made more like Him from the inside out. As we peal one layer off from the outside, He renews the layers one at a time from the outside in. So step by step we become a little more and a little more the new CREATION that He as destined for us to be. Unfortunately, as each of these occur it can and WILL be painful at times. Even harder, some of us will have resentments, beliefs and “issues” of which we will NOT want to let go. However we MUST in order to be ALL that He wants us to be!

The closer we get to Him, the more of THE Truth that we know, and as John says, “the TRUTH shall set you free.” HE is the TRUTH.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:10

...“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

So finally my friends , I conclude the same way that I started…

Whom seek ye?”

I pray that you will join me in seeking after He whom is seeking after you!

Blessing my friends,

See you on The Road….

R2R

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Recovery without Faith…   Leave a comment


Recovery without faith is like running a race chained to the starting line. You make some progress, but you always end up back where you started.

Overcome!   Leave a comment

Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”

Stephen R. Covey

Self-Discovery   Leave a comment

YOU are MORE!   1 comment

Some of my comments in this post may sound familiar to some of you if you have been with me for a while, but I hope to share a little different angle than I did before.

Let me begin by saying this…

It makes no difference whether you struggle with addiction, mental Illness, eating disorder, Personality disorders, or none of the above, we ALL have a past,It is a past FULL of hurts, disappointments, traumas and mistakes. Some of these were of these “issues’ are the result of our own choices and behavior. Whether they were our own doing or not, that have all affected our lives in one way or another; some in more ways than one. Many of these experiences have played a significant role in “shaping” our character and perspective of the world. For MANY of us that has led to further challenges, pain and disappointments and thus typically confirming our perspective. Some would give up, stop fighting, stop trying and tell themselves, and anyone else that they can get to listen how “Awful” their life is. Thus, yielding their very destiny to the “Winds of Circumstance” They believe that pain, disappointment, and suffering is their “destiny.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say, “I don’t deserve to be happy.” OF COURSE you DESERVE to be happy! There is absolutely NOTHING that anyone could do that would make them “undeserving” of happiness.

Here comes the punch line of the day…….

YOUR PAST IS IN THE PAST, IT DOES NOT DEFINE

 WHO YOU ARE OR

WHO YOU BECOME

I will acknowledge as I did before, the past does contribute significantly to the development of our perspective and character, but it only has as much influence and power as we give it.

Previously in these pages we have discussed forgiveness and its power. However we also have talked about the power of unforgiveness, anger and resentment, including referencing the quote, “He who angers you controls/conquers you.” This of course is just as true for self-hate and resentment as it when these emotions are directed towards others. (For further help in thoughts regarding forgiveness  Please click FORGIVENESS.

Learning and walking in forgiveness is a GREAT start, but it is NOT the finish line. It will go a long way towards helping us move forward without continuing to trip over our own feet. I promise, which I do not do often, it is going to be a difficult and painful process. However, I don’t know about you, but I had rather deal with some pain and discomfort now, rather continuing to “suffer” and spin my wheels or go in circles, not making progress.

There is another way that should also be apart of our healing process, and is actually MORE important.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.   Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.  Proverbs 3:5-8

Cast your cares on the LORDand he will sustain you he will never let the  righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast   all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

So, what do each of these verses have in common? Faith and Surrender!

I know that we are mot all in recovery associated with drugs or alcohol, but the 12 Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous can be applied to help with many of the issues that we all struggle with. That being said, these concepts are in the first 3 steps.

 Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable

Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of  God as we understood Him.

 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:1-2
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24

As we surrender our EVERYTHING, the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY, truly TRUSTING in HIM, we will literally be AMAZED by how he pours out His blessings on and IN us. The biggest problem for ALL of us, myself included, is that instead of truly surrendering our “stuff” and laying it at His feet, we keep going back and picking it up again.

As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. Proverbs 26:11

So I urge you my friends, my brothers/sisters, stop being so foolish and running back to those things that are so detrimental to your recovery, life and joy that lay ahead of you.  Let me remind you of some of the promises that are in the passages above:

Show you which path to take.Have healing for your bodyStrength for your bones.Sustain you  Never let the righteous be shaken.Shows favor to the humble.Lift you up in due time.

So I am sure at this point, you are reading these words and simply shaking your head, and saying, “Yea right,Gary, it’s not that easy.”

I know it is not easy and unfortunately, it is not something that we will accomplish and be successful at the first time and probably not the fiftieth. BUT one more word of encouragement, even in our struggle to surrender, guess what? HE is there to help and strengthen us, and he does not CONDEMN us for our failures as we have done to ourselves for WAY toooo long.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you,  he who     raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of    his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:1,11.

Look at that again and BELIEVE it!

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who      raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies.

Did you grasp that… The SAME Spirit, that was responsible for raising JESUS, now lives INSIDE of YOU!! He conquered DEATH and the GRAVE, ALL sin, sickness EVERYTHING!

So my friends I encourage to GRAB a hold on to these promises and know “YOU ARE MORE” than you have ever believed yourself to be before. JUST BELIEVE!!

YOU are a CHILD of the KING and He has put HIS Spirit IN YOU!!

You are More
Written by: Mike Donehey/Jason Ingram
Performed byTenth Avenue North

 There’s a girl in the corner with tear stains on her eyes
From the places she’s wandered and the shame she can’t hide
She says, “How did I get here? I’m not who I once was,
and I’m crippled by the fear that I’ve fallen too far to love.”

But don’t you know who you are
What has been done for you
Don’t you know who you are

You are more than the choices that you’ve made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You’ve been remade

Well she tries to believe it that she’s been given new life
But she can’t shake the feeling that it’s not true tonight
She knows all the answers and she’s rehearsed all the lines
So she’ll try to do better but then she’s too weak to try

‘Cause this is not about what you’ve done
But what’s been done for you
This is not about where you’ve been
But where your brokenness brings you to
This is not about what you feel but He felt to forgive you
And what He felt to make you new

© 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / West Main Music / Formerly Music / Windsor Hill Music (SESAC)

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