Family and Fellowship

This past weekend I had the privilege of being involved in my church’s 100 yr celebration. I also had the pleasure of the weekend off from work.  My parents, now 85, flew up from Florida for the event and I was blessed to have them stay with me, along with my sister Karen, whom they live with. I had a great time seeing, and of fellowship with people I never thought I would see again. The music was awesome, the praise and thanksgiving was moving, to say the least. Many members and staff deserve honor for the hard work. What a family! What a fellowship!

This weekend had a message for the recovering alcoholic and addict, that reflects the statement heard often in meetings; Meeting Makers Make It. My take is this; fellowship with like-minded people, with life-like problems, and realize recovery taught in the “Big Books” and the Bigger Book, the B-I-B-L-E. (Yes, that’s the book for me)

Our recovery hinges on truths we know works for everyone mentally able to understand. Those who think they are unique, able to willpower sober living, (the insane), or one of these days they will suddenly sober up and start attending, miss the greatest blessings ever by misunderstanding the importance of fellowship and family. I laughed more, loved more, and renewed my desire to DO more this weekend than a year of partying at the local bar.

I made it to one NA meeting, and two AA meetings as well as Sat and Sun meetings at church, to see both side of the family! I am grateful for the riches of God’s mercy and kindness, allowing me to be among His family again….what I thought would never happen and certainly do not deserve.

The weekend consummated with a gathering of my parents, sister, children and grandchildren gathering at my home to say farewell to mom and pop. Grateful even more, this would have never happened had I remained entangled in addiction to self-serving. The message to you feeling hopeless is don’t quit! Keep working the steps to recovery, get the sponsor, pray, and by all means….get to meetings and fellowship. This is key in your spiritual fitness and restoring relationships with your birth-family.

Think about who you hang with, your friendships or fellowships and family. Do these build you to live without use?, do they nag you to stop using?, do they enable your using?, do they even care? Come and join the family! Hope is found in meetings of AA, NA, CR….Eternal life with God’s family. If you are a user of dope or alcohol, of porn, gambling, etc., don’t kid yourself, you need both desperately. You come looking to receive, you will in ways you cannot imagine.

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What the Future Holds?

Grandson Rowen
Grandson Rowen
Greeting new babies into the world remains one of the pleasures of life. To think after I leave this life, my posterity continues. Yet, my joy can be interrupted by questions as to what will become of them, what they place importance on, what they will think and believe.With our government shutting down, through their leadership of finger-pointing, name calling, and with major gaps in philosophical differences on how this nation should be ran, my concern for their future is grave. What their parents teach them now will determine their values, and dreams.

My concern is not about the parents ability to provide food, clothing, and shelter. My concern is directed by my own short-comings in how I raised my children. Hindsight is 20/20, I have a clear view how emphatic I was to see the kids raised to be popular, or athletes, maybe even famous, was in error. 

It was my entering into recovery from alcoholism, by God’s grace and the help of so many in AA, that helped me see the importance of integrity, and thinking about purpose, not having a constant party. I see the necessity to raise children with a foundation base of morals that guide them to good living, as the passages above teach.

We all can hope they find their way. We can trust that the parents will see that they must be responsible enough to see society’s slide into immoral thought and actions, and direct their children away from secular thought,“if it feels good, do it.” If it feels good, it is probably wrong. We also may hope that parents pay close attention to what their kids learn, and question the education constantly. All areas of a child’s rearing needs directed, not taught by osmosis, as previous generations have learned. Daily teaching a child is tedious, but necessity in today’s world.

Will They Know God?
This disturbs me the most. The majority of my baby-boomer generation, were raised in church. Ensuing generations have gradually become less and less interested in God, and especially in church attendance. Why? Lay the blame where you wish, but the reality is what is believed and taught in their home. I know not to expect a church, or a school to feed my children a proper diet. That is not their job. Parents are to provide food. In the same respect, the parents should provide their spiritual food, and teach them about God. Will they?

I could go on, but I won’t. I don’t even know if this post matters in the mind’s of  readers. As my generation was well “churched,” they were also riddled with drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual promiscuity, and the generation that stopped taking their children to church. What a legacy.

Prayer is needed. Pray daily for your children, but pray that you can have enough spiritual stamina, and understanding to teach them integrity ahead of materialism, as well as other virtues that guide them to a good “God-centered” life.

Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

 


How to Live a Long Life

 
Mom, dad, and my wife Judy holding baby Georgia, 10 of 11 great-granchildren

    How do you explain someone living to be 83 years old, having been diabetic for 47 years? Most people with that disease are fortunate to see 70 years. My mom turned 83 yesterday, and still takes care of herself, her home, and is actively serving others. Happen-stance, longevity in her family, remarkable strides in medicine, living a life smoke free, no drinking? These may all contribute, and are facts of living healthy. But I want to submit this truth to you as well:

“My child, never forget the things that I have taught you. Store up my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.” Prov. 3:1-2

“Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commands you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land your God is giving you.” Deut.5:12 (This is the first of the 10 commandments that has a promise attached)

My mom accepted Christ into her heart at 9 years old, and has never looked back. She has never stopped loving God, and serving Him by serving others. She and dad are givers, not just money to their church, but to the needy, giving to spiritual and physical needs.

Don’t think for a moment her goodness made her this way. It is God’s grace alone, and she knows it. To see the two of them, along with Audrey, a sainted woman, so dear to our family, go out and visit the elderly in retirement homes, sing to them, pray with them, and just talk to them, is the radical, furious love of God in action. Mom, dad, and Audrey are aware of this, and do this ministry quietly, without attention.

My mom, honored her parents. She stored up God and His Word in her life, and has been obedient to Him. God has given her long life. Raised poor, but unaware. Raising her children to know God, without question. Serving others, without thought. This is a life well lived and I hope not over for a while to come.

I don’t want anyone to think that she is perfect. She gets put out by the lack of manners and kindness of this age. She will never understand weekend sports tournaments that interfere with church attendance. She will tell you what she thinks if you ask, but will refrain if she knows it won’t help, or will hurt you. To our family, she is worthy of sainthood. Blessings to you mom, I love you very deeply.

I really believe that her life, dad’s too, has been preserved by God from their obedience to Him, their honoring and doing whatever God directs them. I also don’t have all of the answers why people like them die younger, and do. But just maybe the difference is action…not just a hearer of God’s Word, but doers of His Word.

Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

Choosing Who We Accept

I read an interesting article that I found odd for a Christian publication to print. According to Charisma magazine, the president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, apologized to the gay community for the years of judgment and suffering imposed by the church, and by Christian organizations. Exodus International is the oldest Christian ministry dealing with homosexuality and Christianity. Charisma magazine has never been accused of not telling it like it is fairly, and I feel it is a very reliable publication. To this particular article I say; its about time. For too long, Christians have looked at homosexuals with a condescending attitude, and with no desire to have gays in their fellowship. We can let the murderers, the adulterers, or any sinner in, as long as they conform and forsake they way of life. We only want gays when they have already abandoned their way of life. WWJD. We may not cast the first stone at the prostitute, but the gays….

The body of Christ has made its enemies in the past by using the Levitical Law and the first chapter of
Romans to beat the sexually immoral into submission to our will. Why? Because we feel those who live in an immoral lifestyle belong in the downtown missions, not our friendly fellowship. “Our children are in attendance, what if one of those”…. Paul didn’t stop with the explanation of the sexually immoral. He adds these words for the “highly moral.”

“Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.” Romans 2:1-2 MSG

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He died for EVERYONE. You have no idea that the person setting next to you in the church service may be a wife beater, or may be cheating on her husband with several men, but neither should you care how bad they are. Whatever they are, you are no better. You do remember that YOU have sinned don’t you? After being in recovery from alcoholism and drug use for several years, I cannot look at the wino that staggers in to our fellowship with disdain. Compassion, we need compassion for everyone! All any believer needs to do is stand in judgment toward another’s sin, and then watch the spiral downward in their own spirituality. If you wonder why you struggle at times with your life in Christ, look at how you see others.

I am aware of the battle being waged regarding same-sex marriage. I know that the right has followers that have bumper stickers saying, “God hates fags.” I know that there are some in the gay community that claim to be tolerant, and feel that heterosexuals should be tolerant toward them. But they are intolerant of the right’s opinions. Both sides claim to be right, the others wrong. We cannot fix each other, or change each other. God doesn’t hate gays, he hates sin. He doesn’t allow sin in His presence, but He loved mankind so much, He paid the price and banished our sin so we can be in present fellowship with Him again. He also made all believers to be fishers of men. “You catch em’, and I’ll clean em,” is the idea. We can only tell others of His love for them and He will fix the brokenness we all have.

How do I stand? I am against homosexual behavior, but I’m for gays, I’m for alcoholics, addicts, prostitutes, etc. I’m against standing in judgment of gays. I do not believe Jesus expects less of me, for I am no better, just forgiven. What do you think?
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

End of Days…What does it look like?

People seem to be interested in the end of world. Many of us remember the “Jupiter Effect,” which was supposed to have a major impact in bringing prophetic events into reality. Some think of the writings of Nostradamus, or look to dates like the Y2K threat, the Mayan calendar ending, as well as biblical prophecies. This isn’t true for everyone. Some people think nothing of the end of life as we know it, and live as though it will never come to be. “That has been the fear of mankind for centuries, nothing will happen,” some people think.

For Christians, many have wanted to project when Christ would return, using the prophetic writings. It is true that since Jesus ascended and promised He would come back, each generation has expectantly looked for Him to return. If you take a few minutes and read Matthew 24, you can read what those closest to Jesus recorded from Christ’s words, what to look for regarding His coming again. 2 Timothy 3, has Paul the apostle’s prophetic statement of what people of the end times will be like. That can make you shutter. It is on the money of how people are living in our times…even Christians.

How do you see the end? Maybe you don’t. I for one, already have my ticket stamped and paid for, so I keep an eye on the sky, but try to stay busy, occupying myself with the “King’s business.” I have this hope that before He returns, that we who claim to belong to Him would really live like we are His. I pray that we live what we say we believe, not worrying ourselves with being accepted, or popular. I want to see believer’s stop disagreeing on silly doctrinal differences, and trying to be politically right. I want to see us find the common ground of caring for the lost, the broken, the elderly, the orphan, the foreigner, the hungry, the homeless.

I want to see the followers of Jesus know what they believe, and teach their children to know God’s will by knowing God…by example. I want Christ to be the center of our lives, that meeting together with other believers be more important than the ball tournament every weekend. I hope to see believers live in a way that doesn’t bring reproach on Christ, living others-minded, not self-centered, slothful, apathetic.

Though I have that passage ticket paid for, I still have many things that I have to rely on God’s grace to help me improve, I can’t fix these on my own. Those things I can improve on, I really work to do so. If I merely look at the direction the world is heading, via the media, the days that remain are few. In fact, today may be the day. There is nothing scripturally that must occur before Christ comes to rescue those belonging to Him. His grace has given us one more day. How will you use today? A suggestion: request your ticket, compel your family, friends, those around you to do the same.

I have often thought that He would return for a group of people that were stronger than the people he made the promise to. If you look in Acts, the recording of how the church began, you’ll see followers of Jesus that had no regard for their lives, only for promoting the kingdom of God in the Earth. Will we become that hungry to do the same? God knows.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

Does the Church Hurt Families?

Since my time in recovery from alcoholism and drug abuse, I have heard many in meetings say, “church isn’t the place to recover, that will get you back where you were.” It is not a vendetta against the church, it is having watched people go to church for their cure, and wind up back on the bar stool. People in church do not have an idea how to help, AA, NA, do know what must be done. Celebrate Recovery was a breath of fresh air to those wanting Christ-centered recovery, there is more to this story for a later time.
What is God like?
In recovery meetings, the attendees often gain a different view of God. Not the evil ogre they always thought, or aloof and unhearing, they discover a God of love, mercy, and kindness. I do not try to correct the misguided any longer unless opportunity arises. I understand they are beaten enough by self-inflicting and guilt. I do hear their stories of church abuse, or from misguided teachings, and thus understand their disdain for the local church.
Reasons?
Outside of recovery, the church has witnessed a dramatic loss of members from the upper-middle to the lower-income classes, nearly cut in half since the 1980’s. From sexual abuse to cult-type leadership desiring control, to ingraining separation of church and state in peoples minds and removal of prayer from schools and government buildings, many of these people have developed bitter contempt for anything related to church. Relativism, pleasure seeking, science without conscience, greed for more, and sloth can all be attributors to lack of church attendance for many, I’m sure there is more.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” Heb.10:25 NLT
People that take their children to church are to be commended. We should know that the child is learning the truth and sound doctrine. The problem may be that the parents do not know anything close to sound doctrine, and for years have taken the teaching they receive at church as truth. We all really need to considered what we believe, why we believe it, and why it is important. If the church is teaching error, and you know doctrine based on scripture, a flag goes up anytime a message is delivered that does not agree with the Word. And when the child comes out of Sunday School or youth groups, the parent should ask them, “What was your lesson about today?”
Does the church hurt families?
Consider this; if you attend one service per week, the church gets an hour of teaching time to it’s members. That’s 52 hours in a year out of 8,760 hours. The school system gets 1170 hours to teach kids the three r’s, and indoctrinate them in their views that disregard religious belief. I have no idea how much time the children watch TV, play video games, participate in sports and other activities. How could the church on such a schedule hurt your children, your family?
I am convinced that church does not hurt families, especially those living in a Christ-centered home. FAMILIES HURT FAMILIES where religion is concerned. Teaching the young traditional religious beliefs that have been handed down for generations, based on family lore regarding what you have to do in order to make heaven, without biblical basis, is destructive. Placing activities ahead of God throughout a child’s entire growing years, is harmful. It is as though we teach them that sports and fun is all that matters, God will always be around when needed. Never having one on one’s with your little ones to show through scripture the awesome nature of God, His many characteristics and attributes, is allowing others to teach them He is nothing more than a myth.
There is so much to say due to the lack of interest in our society, and how we no longer seem to hunger for goodness, and view church as a stop in and visit poor old God, putting on the façade of good living for the neighbors and minister. I feel that the church is still Christ’s body, we need each other, the world needs us in Him.
What do you think? Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

The Danger of Forgetting

Remember 9/11/2001?

People changed overnight in 2001. When we saw the many lives snuffed out on live TV, our blood boiled with anger and the majority wanted vengeance. For the months that followed, people had flags on their antennas, in their front yards, and hanging from their balconies. We were nearly one as a nation, ready to fight. Twelve years later, though the day has not been forgotten, the pain for most Americans has subsided and the actual feelings lost.

Coming into recovery, the addict, alcoholic, gambler, sex addict, etc., are normally weighed down with deep pain from self-abuse and guilt of how badly they treated loved ones that recovery seems only a dream, not possible. As days and weeks turn into years and life improves dramatically, they tend to forget their desperation and hopelessness. Complacency is lurking with their addiction in it’s back pocket, ready to pounce. Relapse is on long before the first wager, or drink, or drug is used.

This being Resurrection weekend, we pause to remember something that changed history, and present, as well as it ultimately changes the future of us all. This memory is vivid to God, the moment in time that He gave His final and only necessary offer to His crowned jewel of creation, mankind. He offered His only begotten to be brutally sacrificed, atoning for man’s rebellion and separation from Himself. When He sees you, the follower of Christ, bowing in prayer, in worship at home or church, when you are good, and bad, He remembers that moment in time as though it happened right now. The reason…when He looks at us, He sees Christ’s blood applied!

He also forgets. Because of that precious blood, He forgets every transgression, past, present, and future you and I have committed. That is not a license to steal, it is a reason to repent. His goodness leads to repentance, not fear of hell, nor of His retribution.

We forget those terrible things invading our lives; at least most things. We should keep the events of 9/11/2001 fresh in our minds. Not just the attack, but the reason for unity as a nation. For the recovering from any addiction; the pain it brought into your life and home should be vivid, and intense. Not only to help you stay free, but also to be willing to help those new to recovery.

For the follower of Christ, every time you kneel in supplication, in fact, every morning you awaken from sleep, what Christ did for you should be remembered in gratitude. He never forgets, neither should you and I.

Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

 

A Recipe for Spiritual Growth

The Seed
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance  and supplication for all the saints..” Eph.6:18
To grow spiritually, we need to pray. I have found this to be for me, the hardest spiritual exercise. It isn’t praying I find hard at all. What is difficult is to have a set time that belongs to me and “Abba,” free from distractions and interruptions. I have no problem praying as I go about my day. I may pray for my family, for social network request, for requests on the churches prayer chain, for those I work with, those I pass as I drive, those I work with in recovery, etc. It is my determination to spend time just talking with God in humility, on my knees, that I find hard to accomplish but necessary to grow into the stature of Christ.

The Fertilizer
“Every day will I bless You, and I will praise Your name forever. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” Ps.145:2-3
I don’t want to come to God in prayer empty-handed. I want to hallow His name, praise His mercy and grace, His steadfast love, and constant watchful eyes to defend and protect me from danger and evil. The book of Psalms reveals so much of God’s character. If you are like me, to praise and worship God before asking for anything in prayer, gives me the scriptural understanding that I have His attention. He inhabits my praise…in other words, that’s His address.

Add Water
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed in accordance to Your Word.” Ps.119:9
This is my bread…daily. I love the Word more than anything in life. If you want to know God better, or at all, grab a Bible and devour it. I often hear others say,” I don’t understand it, so I have no interest in it.” There are several new paraphrase versions, the Message, Good News, NLT, etc., that anyone mentally competent can understand. It is spiritual competence that is the problem, in truth.

Putting these together, prayer is like a seed, fertilized by our praise and adoration to God, watered by the living Truth of His Word. Though I find a set prayer time difficult, I find it much easier after I fertilize the soil of spirituality with praise, and realize the goodness and purity of the One I am addressing. Reading the Word creates the environment to praise and honor God, and like a cycle, prayer makes me grow in my understanding of the Word.

If you struggle with any of these, ask God in sincerity to open your spiritual understanding, He will. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.

A Month of History and Help

I am convinced that people who have never had the grand pleasure of being addicted to drug use, alcohol, gambling, porn, overeating, etc., or have had mental health issues, or have had no family or friends with any of these issues…yet, could care less that February is National Recovery Month. In the same respect, people outside of the African-American community, have little interest in Black History month, unless they are history-buffs. There are many other months that the government recognizes for people of various heritages, Irish, Hispanic, Jewish, Filipino, et al, that I had no idea existed. This is the way we Americans celebrate various cultures in our country, ignoring them. Awareness has become, and is becoming more important to me as I grow in recovery, and in Christ. The reasons for their importance is the three tenses, past, present, and future.
Past
Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius “Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it.” Lemony Snicket, The End
I love history. There is little of the past that doesn’t intrigue me. Americans have this tendency to be so busy racing to the end of life from the time of their adolescence, until in their late forties, when sensing their mortality, and slamming on the brakes of time, and calculating how fast things happened. Just a few years ago, when the kids were little…we pause in reflection of how good the past was, those warming memories of loved ones passed, prices in grocers and restaurants, old TV shows, and the like. If we can look at the importance of the past to teach us the treasure of living one day at a time, we would never be in the zoom-zoom mode, and see the past for what it truly is…a professor of now, and tomorrow.
Black history is important. As a society, we should never want to see happen to a race of people that happened to them. The history of how slavery of African peoples came to be, must  be viewed as diabolical, the greed and treachery of men, never to repeated at all cost. But my view today is not to remember the how, but the why, and look how this culture has risen out of their low estate, to prominence. The focus today should  be on the history and the admiration of a people’s rise from ashes. The contributions of  African-Americans, both noted and unknown, can help every American see that all people, all cultures are important to society.
One more quote:
“I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” -Morgan Freeman 
Present
To believe that slavery ended in the nineteenth century is error. I am not referring to the 27 million slaves in the world today, but the millions of Americans addicted to substance abuse, those chained to fears and mental illness, and to love of self, desiring more and more things that have everything but happiness included. Recovery month is obscure to most Americans, mainly because of apathy, some ignorance too. We don’t know, and we don’t care, until directly affected. Get involved, don’t wait for others. Find ways to be a part today, and if nothing else, pray daily for the nation.
The actions I take today has a great effect on my tomorrows. Making decisions early each day to give God the first acknowledgement ahead of what I want to do, has a profound influence on the rest of the day. Each one of us who have been graced with the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus, as well as those of us with the gift of sobriety, should be deeply aware of the danger of ignoring the past, get our spiritual battle gear on, and fight the good fight against slavery to addictions in the realms unseen, the real battlefield. Now, today, the present is the day of salvation. Time is short and even Jesus said we should pray for laborers to enter and work.
“In an acceptable time I have heard you. and in the day of salvation I have helped you,” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2Cor.6:2 “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into HIS harvest.” Matt.9:37-38
Brighter Future
We all want the future to be an improvement. The Black history month, Irish, Hispanic, Jewish months, are months we reflect on the past of suppressed peoples, living and contributing in our society today. Through prayer, awareness of this new slavery to substance abuse, and the old ploys of the enemy, using fears to drive greed, hatred, racism, and all other forms of evil, these can be shaken, and strongholds he has built up into the minds of individuals, even entire communities can be toppled.
Forgiveness is key, allowing the light of God’s Word to infiltrate those dark areas we have placed bitterness, and allowed it to fester, rejecting other cultures and their contributions, can be banished. We must make the conscience decision to love. It is Christ alone that can bring us as a people, to accept and unite. The government cannot, secular education will not. It is spiritual in nature, only by understanding the plan and purpose of God can we say, “I once was blind but now I see.”
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep us all.

Fighting the Darkness

A movie came out some years ago called “The Devil’s Advocate,” starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. The movie had one line that stuck in my head. “The smartest thing the devil ever did was make everyone believe he doesn’t exist.” Well it went something like that. I watched the movie during my dark days of enslavement to alcohol. That line from this movie is true. People kindly say they believe in God, just in case He turns out to exist, or to have someone to blame for natural disasters, but the devil? you can’t be serious.

The present evils in our society, addictions to legal and illegal drugs, alcoholism, pedophiliacs, gang wars, and the list seems endless, is only explained that the perpetrators are uneducated in civil behavior. Evil, to many, doesn’t exist. Huh? Parents are selling food stamps that feed their children to buy dope or booze, and that isn’t evil. Mothers prostitute their daughters for drugs, or give them to their latest man, so he will stay with them…that isn’t evil either. Missing children found dead, murdered after they were raped comes into our homes via the nightly report with regularity. This is not evil either. Too often the victims are forgotten, and the guilty cad gets to spend 15 years of appeals costing the tax payers a fortune, and often never faces the sentence of death they received for their crime originally. Shouldn’t we forgive? Of course. The law eventually forgave me for speeding, they removed the points from my record, but I still had to pay the fine.

So what do we do as a people? As a nation, we should remain tough on crime and elect men and women that agree with that. We should see that the criminal fears the law. We should also be sure to have lawmen that really desire to serve the public and the nation. As followers of Christ, we should take the Word literally, and put on our battle garb and go to action. This is a fight that is won already, the outcome is in the book. But until the time of His return, we fight on.

“For though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and everything that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2Cor. 10:3-6

“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly place.” Eph.6:10-12

I can say that helping those struggling to be free of addictions, writing to edify believers, and striving to please God in all we do, has ruffled the feathers of the enemy, old scratch. If you are doing a work in the Kingdom of Light for God’s glory, you can identify. My wife and I have been involved with starting a Celebrate Recovery ministry at our church as well, and in all of these, the war is raging! But we are more than conquerors in Christ…so we fight on. Get in the fight.

Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.