Thanks

Every year I feel differently about the holiday season ahead. Those feelings are amplified even more as I continue recovering from alcoholism, and learn how to live as an earthling, preparing for the next life…that never ends.

In AA, NA, or Celebrate Recovery, we continue to call ourselves by the “ism” or addiction that controlled our lives. That does not mean when I say I am a recovering alcoholic that am actively drinking, nor do I disregard the freedom from daily drinking that God unchained me from. To say “I am an alcoholic,” is to say my make-up, without godly direction, is that of a drunk. If I stop doing what it takes to live sober and follow Christ, it’s possible that I’ll be at the local watering-hole, living low again.
Thanks for Being an Alcoholic
“God, why did You make me an alcoholic? Don’t you love me?” That may have been my thoughts at one time, I’m not sure. I am sure of this statement, I am grateful to be an alcoholic…that is, a recovering alcoholic. I have a real sense of gratitude for what God has done for me since that fateful day I first walked into AA. What I have learned is what Augustine said in this transcendent truth:
God uses everything to His glory, even my sin.”
Every moment of life, every thought and action, can be a life-enhancing directive to you and I, if we have surrendered to Him. The gratitude I have today could be a book entitled “Why Me?” That book would be as thick as a brick.
There are things that you see with brilliant light that were clothed in darkness, when we finally say “I give,” and admit powerlessness, giving the reins of our life to God. The “why me” question remains obscure, yet I accept this gift with a thankful heart.
Alcoholic Royalty
I have great thankfulness I have today for AA, and the many people who God used to say the right things at the right times. I have even greater gratitude for who I am in Christ. I am part of a chosen generation of royal priests, adopted into God’s family through Christ. I have been taken from the dung-heaps and set among princes and princesses, in the Eternal Kingdom. None of this to boast, I certainly do not deserve that honor, but I am thankful…eternally.
I hope and pray that you all, your families have a wonderful holiday season from Thanksgiving through the new year. I also pray that you see these days ahead for what they are meant to be, not a time for parties. The parties only happen as a result of God himself, through Christ, coming to earth and pay for our heavy debt, a price we could never pay.
“In that wonderful day you will sing; ‘thank the Lord! Praise His name!’ Tell the nations what He has done. Let them know how mighty He is! Is.12:4
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all!

One thought on “Thanks

  1. So True Keith , God does not tempt us to do evil (see below) or to be addicted which means we are being controlled which gives Satan a foothold in our lives and when we are doing evil we are not empowered by The Holy Spirit so we do not have Joy or Peace.

    James 1:12-14 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that Love Him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

    I remember a woman person saying that God got her to become a J.W but God warns against False Teaching, He would not encourage it, and even though at the time she had left them she was still indoctrinated with their teaching and taught it to others.

    We need to come to heart repentance which also means we choose to do good and we will be empowered to do so. Without The Lord any addiction will return in one form or another, we must put our flesh to death , that causes us to sin, through The Spirit, to say we will continue to sin, is rejecting what God tells us to do, which is to reckon ourselves dead to sin.

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

    Romans 8: 12-15 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father

    James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and He will flee from you.Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.

    Colossians 3 :1-17 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

    Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

    Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Many blessings Keith to you and your family for Thanksgiving.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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