Friday, December 29, 2017

Un-stuck


Staying STUCK in 2018?

At Celebrate Recovery we use acrostics to enhance some of our lessons. I made one up for 2018. STUCK!

Sometimes we are just plain stuck. It happens to all of us. The good news is we can learn how to get un-stuck and how to avoid it in the future. 2018 can be a year of breaking free, Thank God!

There is a reason we find ourselves stuck in that same old rut. If we don’t discover the reason why, we may be there for a very long time. It’s miserable, we could die there. The acrostic S T U C K can help us get away from our “circular thinking” where we spin, and spin and spin some more, the same old issues, same old answers, same thoughts and ideas that do not work. That brings us to the acrostic.

S tubborn, sometimes we even brag about being stubborn. “When I make up my mind there is NO changing it.” That can be dangerous. Being stubborn is just another word for being full of pride, hardheadedness, an arrogant “know it all.” I’m going to do it my way. The Bible says “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Ja. 4:6. And “Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall.” Pro 16:18. So how far do you think you are going to go if God is resisting you? Hmmm?

 The S could also stand for STUPID.  We can make the same stupid choices over and over again and it can ruin our lives. Pro 19:3 msg “People ruin their lives buy their own stupidity,,,” God happens to be in the business of fixing stupidity.

T eachable, we must learn, especially form our mistakes. Pro 14:6 amp “A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.”

U nconditional, God just flat loves you, unconditionally. He created you, has a plan for you and it is a good plan. He gave His son for you! What does God require from us? Unconditional surrender, hold nothing back, no qualifiers, no exceptions, no stipulations, no conditions.

C rap, how many of us have felt like this? I’m done, I can’t do it anymore, I’ve had enough, I want out of this cesspool? Apostle Paul said it this way, Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung.” Phil 3:8 msg.

The C could stand for CONTROL as well. Control is an issue in everyone’s life. It can look like manipulation, intimidation, pity, anger, abuse, deceit, lies, accusations, all of which can be used to try to control. The bible says we have all gone our own way, done our own thing. How’s that workin for you? So, do we want to continue or maybe consider letting go and let God?

K eep, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Mt. 7:7 nlt So keep coming back, back to God, back to God’s truth, God’s WORD, back to church, back to CR, back to godly people.

“if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Jn 8;36

 Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. It is helping many get un-stuck.

2018 Blessings,                                                                                                                                                                               Jim & Pam

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stupidity


Hey Partners & Friends,



Sometimes I’d like to blame the boss, my parents, circumstances, God, the devil, somebody! Who or what do you blame? The truth is “People ruin their lives by their own stupidity!” At least that’s what the Bible says. (PRO 19:3 MSG)  Now that’s a revelation!  Surely our problems aren’t due to our own stupidity, are they? Yep, as a matter of fact many of them are, not all of course but many.  

This is an aspect of recovery that Celebrate Recovery addresses. How many of us have experienced God’s miraculous grace and intervention in our lives only to shoot ourselves in the foot. We have enough to deal with, the devil, people and this fallen world, to continually sabotage ourselves. We have habitual thinking patterns, behaviors and cycles that literally drive us right back into the thing that is eating our lunch. Stupidity!   



Celebrate Recovery approaches the above dilemma head on. The bible tells us how to get past our own stupidity. “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” Lam 3:40 If we really do this the CR way, Step 4. We make a searching and fearless moral or (honest) inventory of ourselves. We look at ourselves, no one else. We are the ones who are screwing up our lives by doing the same things over and over again! It’s time to stop it! How do we do it? What are we looking for anyway, what are we examining. We literally take an inventory of our lives, the good, the bad, the ugly. Examining our ways, like looking at them under a magnifying glass or a microscope. Digging into our own lives, searching, looking for everything we can find, like a treasure hunter. Some of the things we find have significant value, they are treasures, treasures that bring richness into our lives. Freedom from repeating the cycles of the past!



Jesus said “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,,,” MT 13:44



We must look for it, and the good stuff isn’t just laying on the top of the ground. We desperately need to examine our ways like a person in search of a treasure. This is how the bible puts it,

“Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver,
seek them like hidden treasures.” Pro 2:3-4

The Message says it like this,

“Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That's right—if you make Insight your priority, and won't take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold, like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours; you'll have come upon the Knowledge of God.”

Sounds like a promise that if we examine and test our ways, search the fields of our lives we are guaranteed to find treasure beyond our dreams.


Wisdom, understanding, insight to you all!

Jim & Pam