Posts Tagged ‘Word of God’

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This is a picture I drew while in rehab. I drew it with a BIC pen.

When I first got into rehab, I was confused and lost. I was dope sick. My mind was racing, I couldn’t sleep and all I could think about was myself and how I was going to get through this.

I’d say the first month was all about myself. I was literally losing my mind. I was shaking and my stomach had a mind of its own. Dope sick is the worst. My whole mind, body and spirit was aching. I wanted to leave but the little conscience I had left told me to stay and wait it out.

That month was a testing of many mental trials. It was all about me. Because of the way I was feeling, I was extremely selfish in my thinking and only wanted everything to benefit me. All I wanted was comfort of any kind and I didn’t get it. Well at least at that point, I thought I wasn’t getting it. I thought it was absolute torture. No one cared, no one loved me and no one wanted to help.

After that selfish first month of living without my poison running through my body, I realized that I WAS getting help and being comforted. I started becoming grateful for the place I was at. I was being fed. I had a bed to sleep in. I was getting counseling, I was being taught principles and I was being transformed into a clean human being again. Waking up was getting easier, sleep was getting better and my attitude was being adjusted. There was a slow metamorphosis happening, from selfish to benevolent.

I started doing things I used to like to do, on my free time, even to this day. One of them is drawing. Just whipping a pencil back and forth is fun. Something usually appears on the paper. I can draw fast and make a quick sketch or I can take my time and whip up a detailed drawing. Either way, I now have the ability to put my problems, my anxiety and my selfishness aside.

It’s the same with helping others. I talk with many people who are struggling with drug addiction and other habitual quirks. I stand strong in my recovery, knowing that I have a purpose and that it is not all about me. I have my life back and I thank God every day for the chance to go out and live a productive lifestyle.

During my stay at rehab, I got a chance to work at the front desk. It was kind of like my own little office. I answered the phones, completed new beneficiary intakes and basically was an assistant to all of the counselors and housemen. As the days went on, I saw people, lost, dope sick people, coming in and going through the same thing I went through. They were on a mission to benefit themselves. Some didn’t last long but the ones that made it to a few months began to change too. They got happiness and some of the void, which was filled with hopelessness, filled with hope and determination.

Many of the guys who had a few months of clean time began helping the newcomers. They shared their struggles along with the in’s and out’s of the program. Now that I think about it, I had a few guys help me out my first month. They guided me along and kept me afloat. It’s an awesome thing to be led and encouraged when you need it.

As I grow and as I watch others grow, I have come to an understanding of what a renewal of the mind is all about. Understanding that putting ourselves second, or even third, well, last for that matter, enables us to move forward, grow and help others. Staying Humble, remaining Teachable and being Grateful is the only way we are going to become who we are supposed to be. Putting effort in these three things keeps us at a level open for opportunity and blessings. Put God first, others second, your’SELF’ last and watch Him make a difference every where you go!

“Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.'” Matthew 18:1-5

What IS the Greatest commandment?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30

Become Free. Become the Difference!

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See that tiny seed? It’s dead. It has no life. It’s useless.

It’s useless until it’s planter puts it into soil and with the right amount of water and sun, it will begin to grow. Do you know what that tiny seed’s purpose is? What it produces? What it grows into when planted and maintained? You would never guess what it has to offer. What it was designed to form into. Believe it or not, as dead as it is, it can still grow!

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It’s a Sequoia Tree or a Redwood Tree seed. And yes, it grows into a huge, strong and massive tree. The biggest tree on this planet! A powerful, well rooted, well planted tree. Amazing how something so small and dead becomes so magnificent. How something, once given a chance, given a purpose, can grow and become a solid, stable structure.

Did you know Paul, the author of just about half of the books in the New Testament, was an anti-Christian, a persecutor who had Christians put in jail, threatened them and approved their death? He hated Christians. Paul, who was named Saul prior to his life changing conversation with God, lived a life opposite of his revealed purpose. (Acts Chapter 9)

This guy went from hating people and wanting them dead to loving them and teaching them a new way of life. Here is an example of darkness becoming light. Someone useless becoming an important tool. A total role reversal. Paul became an important missionary for Christ and went around preaching the Gospel, confusing people who saw him as a persecutor. But he became strong and powerful proving to the people that Christ was indeed the Messiah.

Paul went on, persevering and teaching. However, he did have his ups and downs. He was thrown in prison for many years during his travels for preaching the Gospel. Even then, in prison, he continued writing to the people and encouraging them. He persevered through his hardships. In chains, staying positive and faithful.

Addiction takes its toll on us. Addiction sets us back and labels us. Our addiction destroys and leaves a nasty trail. It destroys relationships. It consumes us.

In addiction we are useless, we are dead. Nothing but an empty carcass being led by a desire to abuse drugs and abuse alcohol. Our only purpose is to self medicate and feed our SELF, that’s it.

That’s what addiction does. That’s what it wants you to believe. That you are worthless. But it’s not true. You DO have a purpose. You are worth something. You CAN make a difference! You DO have the ability to become steadfast, well rooted with a strong, solid foundation. You CAN turn from your past and become fruitful!

Become Free! Get the help you need today! Ask God to come into your life and to take the addiction away. It may take time, it may happen instantly. You may learn a lot about yourself, as I did. You may have to break a few walls holding you back. Just know it is in you to conquer this. You have it in you to persevere and to live a productive life. You have a lot to offer and you may one day change someone else’s life.

God IS listening, allow Him to plant you into good soil so you can produce and have a purpose! Continue and maintain in His Word daily and watch your life change!

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If I was asked to play a game of football with a pro team, I know I wouldn’t just throw on some shoulder pads and jump right in.

Do you think it would be safe with just a helmet? How about just putting on some shin guards? Absolutely not! You wouldn’t last very long. You would be in severe pain and you would have broken bones, especially if a 6 foot 4, 260 lb linebacker, like say Brian Urlacher, just ran you over. Even in Pop Warner games, the kids are fully geared up. So I think it is safe to say being fully geared up for tackle football is a wise idea? Would you want to see what happens if you played without gear?

Every single piece of padding and protection has its purpose. The helmet protects the head. The shoulder pads guard the shoulders, collarbones, chest and back of a player, and so on. Every necessary garment is designed to protect what it is covering. Protective gear is also designed to protect for defensive and offensive purposes. So whether you are tackling someone or getting tackled, you are shielded and protected. From your helmet down to your cleats, which, by the way, give very good traction on the playing field, to maneuver in and out of the traffic of players trying to take you down.

Too bad in this game of life, there aren’t any referees to call us out when we go out of bounds or do something against the rules. And if there were, a five yard penalty would be a walk in the park. However, there is a way to gear up for it. There is a way to protect ourselves from falling. To protect ourselves against a day where we may be tempted to use. A day where we may have a trigger. A day where we are just plain weak, mentally and physically.

We can get protection by putting on the Full Armor of God.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:11-18

We are capable of standing our ground. We are capable of defending ourselves. We are even capable of using our offense, and overcoming. Swords are not for looks. They are for protecting and striking. When we feel like we are being attacked, we should pray and use the Word of God to strike against the devil’s schemes, the powers we can not see. There are many voices that can lead us astray. Many temptations. Addiction attacks from all angles. Addiction has no rules. Addiction cheats. So make sure you are fully equipped to fend off the many ways in which addiction strikes. Most importantly, have faith. With faith we can extinguish ALL the flaming arrows of the evil one!

Addicts: You can get your Full Armor of God for free. Read your bible and learn. Further your education. Surround yourself with others who are trying to better their life. Listen to others who have made it through the storm. Ask questions. Search the Truth. Seek. Listen to others who are no longer slaves to addiction, they will have the best advice!