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God’s Not Dead   Leave a comment

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Posted March 31, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

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For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:17 (NIV)

If Jesus was our example and He life was characterized by love, and grace.
How can we claim to be his followers and have our lives be full of hate and condemnation?

What was the focus of the two great commandments that he left us with? LOVE.

That being said, who are you more attracted to?
person that is caring and compassionate or
someone that is rude and judgmental

How then can we expect those that are still in the world and surrounded by hate, judgment selfishness and disrespect to be drawn to us so that we can share Christ with them, much less have want to be a like us when we demonstrate the same attitude towards them as everyone else?

Jesus added this about us and love, “They will know you are my followers by your LOVE”. 

I like thinking of it as a word picture – When people look at us and watch how we live our lives what they should see is a big Sandwich Sign the simply reads, “Love Spoken Here”. We should be a walking talking breathing billboard that declares His love, grace and mercy for all that are willing to come to Him.

But if we as his Ambassadors are full of hate and condemnation then that is how others will perceive God to be. Thus we our attitude and behaviors push people away from Him rather than drawing them in.

We are to be IN the world, but not OF it so that we can let the light of His love the abides in us by the Spirit shine forth into the darkness and overcoming it.

Jesus himself never condemned or spoke negatively towards a sinner, All of his negative and corrective words towards those of the faith.

So let us truly be his hands and feet in our time and live and Love as He did and let’s see what kind of difference that we can make in the lives of those around us.

I know it sounds cliché, but I am reminded of for lack of better name for it the “WWJD Movement”.

Maybe it is time for us to refocus and start a new “movement.” “LLJC” – Love Like Jesus Christ or
Or even more simply “317” as in John 3:17.

Are you in?

I know I am!!

Posted March 27, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

Attitude IS Everything   Leave a comment

Attitude Is Everything

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Proverbs 14:6 (KJV)

When it comes to one’s ability to gain wisdom, attitude really is everything. Let’s begin by translating our base scripture into language that we can all understand. Here is my translation with some assistance from the Amplified version:

A know-it- all seeks to increase in wisdom and understanding, because of his pride and contemptuous attitude he is blind to seeing it and his ears are deafened to hearing and accepting good instruction, but he that is humble and teachable will gain wisdom and understanding with ease.

So what is wisdom and why is pursuing it so important?

Wisdom in the most basic sense is simply having the ability to take knowledge and experience and applying them in order to make good decisions that are right and provide for the betterment of the most people. In other words, wisdom is having “good judgment”, “common sense” or “insight.” That being said, who in their right mind would not want wisdom? The correct answer, “No one”. But then again as long as we are in this world, living our lives unto ourselves we are not in our right mind, because sin is yet still at work within us. Our choices and decisions typically are not concerned about the greater good or even on the future consequences. They are focused on what feels good, makes us happy, or meets our needs/wants right now.

Thinking a little more deeply, what is wisdom on a spiritual level? I like thinking of it this way, where we consider earthly wisdom to be “common sense”, Godly wisdom is “God Sense”. In other words, when one has Godly wisdom he has a God given understanding of a particular situation and can see it from God’s eyes and thus his choices have positive impact not only for the present but on the Kingdom. Here is another way to look at it, just as “Sin” is in each of us and is connection between us and our humanity, “Wisdom” by way of the Holy Spirit is within each believer and is a direct connection to God. So I ask again, who would not want and seek after this? I would hope and pray that the answer would be “no one”, but unfortunately, as we all know that is not the case.

That brings us to another question, “Why are there so many people that do not seek Godly wisdom?” My belief is that ultimately it comes down to one simple yet very powerful word “Pride”. That brings us to the point that “Attitude is everything”, especially as it relates to our desire and ability to gain wisdom.

As we look further into the same passage we see “a fool” or “fools” mentioned several times. One of the concepts that can be translated from the original Hebrew of this word is “arrogant one”. This would be very similar in meaning to the scoffer or scorner – One that fails, refuses proper respect to the point of despising the most sacred concepts including wisdom, piety and morality.

Simply put, our passage says it this way,

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

When one is full of pride, his arrogance blinds him to his own faults and spiritual needs. It leads into deception and ultimately to destruction.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 14:12

The proud will never find wisdom because he is deceived in his “self”-confidence that he does not believe that he needs anything more. To attempt to convince him otherwise is only met with mockery and despise. In his pride he is deaf to hearing the truth and thus will never change his ways.

So, now that the attitude that keeps one from knowing wisdom is clear, What kind of attitude does one need to find it? Here again I share with you two simple yet very deep concepts – humble and teachable.

Interestingly, when we look at the definition of humble it is almost a perfect antithesis for proud.

  • not proud, not thinking of yourself as better than other people
  • given or said in a way that shows you do not think you are better than other people
  • showing that you do not think of yourself as better than other people

Something that I believe is important to point out: maintaining an attitude of humility in no way means one is lacking in self-esteem or confidence. It simply means that one does not feel that they are any better than anyone other individual.

Where a proud individual sees themselves as needing no help and knowing everything, one whom is humble readily acknowledges that he does not know everything and maintains open eyes, ears and mind willing and able to accept new information and guidance

John the Baptist, the selfsame man that baptized Jesus despite his great personal influence and following stated, He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

When one stays humble then he helps keep the flesh under control and allows the “Spirit” of wisdom and thus the “God” in us to grow bigger and stronger.

In closing let me share a few additional benefits of staying humble:

Psalm 18:27 – You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

Psalm 149:4 – For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

James 4:6 – But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

1 Peter 5:5 – In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

So as we can see scripture clearly conveys that an attitude of humility is more beneficial and pardon me for saying so but “wiser” than he that is proud and ultimately a fool.

So ask you my friends, “Which attitude will you choose?”

Posted March 23, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

SILENT TREATMENT   1 comment

My voice is silent;
My mouth speaks not a word.
I look at you and give a fake smile.
You greet me with a friendly “Hi”,
I just want to run and hide.
You ask, “How you doing”
I mumble, “I’m fine”
The pain in my eyes,
The tears on my cheeks,
If you look, you will see
That none of it’s true.

You see my hurt and
Realize my pain
But even then you don’t know what to say.
There are times like now when words are overrated.
Just be here with me.
Share you time, your heart, your love.
Just be silent with me
Let me just be
And let that be OK.

Your simple presence renews my hope
Reminds me that I am loved.
Restores my strength to fight again.
Regret not the smallest acts,
Sometimes they mean the most.

Posted March 17, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

The Paradoxical Journey   Leave a comment

Just because the path is difficult does not mean you are going the wrong way; just because it is easy does not mean its the right one either.
Don’t rely on what you feel or on the immediate outcomes of your choices to guide you.
They greatest rewards come to those who are patient and preserve.

Posted March 14, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins   Leave a comment

1st-stone

Posted March 12, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

Win the War   Leave a comment

No war is won without losing a few battles.
So whether you wake up today and feel like you are winning or losing,
Get up, hold your head and chin up high and keep fighting the fight.
With time, patience and effort you WILL win the war.


There is Hope; You can and WILL recover.

Posted March 11, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Hope, Recovery

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