My thanks to Cheri Peters and the crew at http://www.3abn.org “Celebrating Life in Recovery” .program
“Having had a Spiritual Experience as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” C. Peters.
Galatians 6:1-5 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one, in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.”
NOTE: (JB) Please, please, take note, that those who believe in Christ, it is HE, Who carries the burdens of this life, that are for the most part, far to big, for anyone being, to carry, and not be crushed by it!
“HOW TO BE SURE ABOUT GOD SO . . . Y O U . . . CAN TRULY CELEBRATE LIFE IN RECOVERY!”
Have you ever struggled with doubt? Have you ever wondered if God, is in fact, real? Or questioned whether we are but accidents of evolution? Have you ever wondered if what the Holy Bible says is true?
If so, let me assure you, YOU are not alone. Many people, especially those new to the faith in christ, are troubled with scepticism. When you read the Bible, there may be things you can’t understand at first. Satan, will try to use your questions, to shake away, what little faith may have grown, within you, about God’s message, His 66 “LOVE LETTERS” to you and me.
It may be that YOU are asking, “How will I know the right way? How can I be sure about god and the Bible? Resolving these questions is important because God and His Word are the very FOUNDATION of and for YOUR recovery! It is YOUR very confidence and growing trust, in YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER/GOD, that will enable you to carry a message of hope and healing within you, and to carry it to others!
REMEMBER: “EVIDENCE, not PROOF.”
Our Heavenly Father, . . . NEVER. . . asks us to believe without giving us more than enough evidence upon which to base and build our faith! His existence, His character, and the truthfulness of the Bible are ALL founded upon evidence that then appeals to our reason. Yet God has never taken away our room for doubt. Our faith has come to rest upon evidence, not absolute proof. Those who wish to doubt certainly can, while those who really want to the truth, will find plenty of evidence on which to place and built up their faith.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
NOTE: Please read Hebrews chapter 11, the ” Faith Chapter”. But never forget, humans have a finite mind, but God The Father’s mind is infinite! Therefore no human will never, ever fully grasp, and God shall always be a mystery—–
Job 11:7-9 “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.”
Paul expressed it thusly—-
Romans 11:33-36 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
Yet we have this….
Psalms 97:1-12 “The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD. For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”
Psalms 104:24 “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. ”
Note: From this Psalm, can we correctly say this: “All wisdom come from God?” YES! Remember, if any man knew ALL the answers in the Cosmos, he’s be god! That’ll never happen!
However, the Bible contains many mysteries as deep as the character of its Author: How sin entered into this world, how God became a tiny Human Baby, how a soul is reborn, how the dead can be made alive, and many other, hard to grasp subjects. But even though these mysteries are too much for the human mind to know the how behind then, we have no reason to doubt God nor His word. For it proves itself within itself. In the nature, we don’t understand everything, that we see. The very simplest of life-forms presents complexities science can’t explain!The emeaba, a single cell life form, moves, breathes, eats, reproduces, and has all the things within it to self-sustain, itself and next generations just as humans do, with billions of cells, yet they think and believe that we are its result via evolution, from such a life-form! However why is it they are still here, with us, unchanged by time? Selective Evolution? Artists have been with humanity from the beginning, photographs for nearly 200 years and fim, well how many miles of film has been exposed looking at nature itSelf, and NO A ONE EVOLUTIONARY EVENT CAPTURED? Is that not strange?
Wonders are everywhere, so why are we surprised to find mysteries in the Spiritual realm of God, that we don’t full understand? As Paul noted—-
2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
Do Y O U know that “Scripture Lawyers”, skeptics have argued that certain unanswered questions about the bible are reasons to doubt its credibility. But the opposite is actually true: the challenges provide strong evidence for divine inspiration. If the Bible only had information about god that we could very easily understand, if His greatness and majesty could be grasped without any efforts, then the Bible would not so obviously be the work of god. The grandeur and mystery of the topics and ideas within its pages inspire faith in God’s Word. In other words if it was just another book who’d read it? Who’d believe in it? Who could gleam from it “how to obtain our salvation” ?
It then shows anyone, that we must pray and ask for wisdom and guidance to understand His word, with wisdom! This is the why many a highly educated person, after reading it says it’s a fairy-tale! As they can’t accept all its mysteries, many such say they reject the Bible! But it says—–
Hebrews 3:12-14 “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; ”
NOTE: Ever wondered of the why we are created? We are made to be PARTAKERS OF CHRIST! Partaker: metachos- [met-okh-os] a sharer, associate, partner, partaker. Yet this relationship goes deeper, as one accepts The Father, we become His child, thus Jesus then by faith becomes our older brother!
Therefore, the human problem is NOT with the Holy Bible but our interpretation of it! They do not allow it’s many passages, to prove itself within itself!
John 10:35 “If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;” Christ Himself spoke these words!
NOTE: broken LUO [loo’-o] to loosen, to break, destroy, dissolve, melt, put off.
UNLIMITED TREASURES of KNOWLEDGE.
If it were possible for human to fully understand God and all He does, what would happen after achieving that goal? There would be no further discovery of truth, no further growth in knowledge, no further development of our minds, nor hearts, The god would no supreme!
Colossians 2:2-3 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
1 Corinthians 2:11 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”
John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. ”
NOTE: That is He The Holy Spirit! The Counselor, The Comforter, HE is the One Who—-
Philippians 1:6″ Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
GOD WANTS AND EXPECTS . . .Y O U . . .TO THINK FOR YOURSELF! [After all that’s the a reason for our free-will agree?]
There are many things in the Bible that may seem hard to understand, but God will make them clear IF YOU ask for His help, for the wisdom to understand it!. Yet YOU must daily surrender to His will [ some say ‘die to self’, and ask for and invite the Holy spirit to reside within and rule your life according to the will of the Father. We do not possess the power within self to do what is right. Doubts arise when one is not fully clear, in your own mind, that one will truly, without reservation, be willing to surrender their will to their Maker. Plus it’s not safe to rely upon another human, for the meaning of God’s word, as men do lie and deceive! Thus we urge you to pray and seek wisdom from its Source, the Word and The Father!
Note: (JB) I was a smoker, for 40+ years. I remember saying, “i can quit any time I want, and I did sometimes several times a day!” It was not though, even with much prayer, seeking His help to remove this habit, and it’s urges, UNTIL I threw all the tobacco away, and then on my knees I asked my Father, to remove this need, this urge, and the seemingly unconscious, reaching for another smoke, that three weeks went by, no urges, no reaching, and smoke free, plus STINK FREE, and that was more than 12 years ago!
THE EVIDENCE OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
Psalms 34:8-9 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear [revere] the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”
There is one evidence everyone can grasp– from the most educated to those who are not— and that is personal experience. God encourages us to prove to ourselves that His word is real, His promises are true. He invites us, as in the Psalm above “…to taste and see that the LORD is good….” As—–
John 16:23-24 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Note: Unlike humans, God keeps His word and His promises are as permanent as written in stone! As the more you learn of the Godhead, God The Father, god The Son, and god The Holy Spirit,, your doubts will vanish as smoke in the wind, and you’ll find as all other true Christians do, that your love for The Father and The son, will grow and grow, until you MUST share Jesus with others, or you’ll “POP”! And it is LOVE, that is God’s foundation and His government!
Colossians 1:13-16″ Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”
NOTE: Yes, Satan has been given some control of nature, but God has set strict limits regarding the extend of harm he can cause, thus the overall control is GOd’s powers! Look art this—-
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
NOTE (JB) God’s Word will and can change people’s lives, by changing the way we think from inward looking to outwards looking, no other book is this capable!
CELEBRATING SOCIAL SUPPORT.
(JB) “What’s life really worth if it’s not shared with one who loves you”? Christ loves you so much that He willingly died for Y O U ! WHY?
Romans 6:23″For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Note: We must make a choice, we either accept Him and His death for our sins, OR we die because of our sins, at Judgment!
Developing a social network is a two-way street, and only by allowing others to connect to you, can we begin to develop any kind of relationship, worthy to be called a friendship! As you study your Bible, you’ll find there are many verses about how to be kind and loving so read of it each day, even if you need to set your alarm an hour earlier, spend that time with Jesus, Who is not only your savior and mine, but also a best friend and older Brother!
NEXT: “Rejoicing in the LORD” # 5 Step 7.
Thanking YOU for your time. Questions? Comments? John at email@example.com
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