Make Way for the New!

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭18-21‬ NIV)

The past is the past, and though God was in it, He is no longer. He is present, as are we. Do not forget the great things He has done, but also do not dwell on the trials and tribulations of the past.

He is doing a new thing! His presence is now. Be present with Him, and eagerly expectant of the next great thing He will do.

He always delivers. He always loves. He is always faithful. He is always present. If it feels like He’s far away, He’s not! He makes a way in the wilderness and makes rivers in the desert. He gives His people drink from the waters of everlasting life! Drink up beloved! Behold He is doing a new thing.

Make way for the new! Now it shall spring forth; shall you know it?

His people will know it. His people (you and I) He formed for Himself and we shall declare His praise!

Run With Endurance

I received a word from the Lord that I believe is a message for a lot of us. He said Hebrews 12:1 says, “run the race with endurance, not speed.”

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭1-2‬ NKJV)

Endurance: the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially : the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity

It is endurance that wins the race and we get endurance by finding rest in the Lord. If we do not rest in Him we will tire ourselves out and give up. Find your endurance from resting in the presence of the Lord!

Lord may you bless us all with your rest that we enter through faith so we may run the race with endurance looking unto Jesus.

I am set free!

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭2‬ NKJV)

Thank you Lord that I am free! That freedom comes through faith in believing that what you have already said is true. For God cannot lie and He is faithful to His promises!

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭11-14‬ NKJV)

Often our chastening is the result of entertaining sin in our lives. When we sin it is contrary to who we are and gives way to lies of the enemy. No sin is without consequence, but thankfully we have a Lord who picks us up when we are weak. He strengthens our hands and makes our path straight so we can yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

I Would Have Lost Heart

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! (‭Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭13-14‬ NKJV)

This one is awesome! So true for me. I would have lost heart unless I believed in God’s goodness and that it would manifest in my life. It’s only the beginning for us but we are growing from glory to glory! Like the angles that repeatedly fall down before the glory of God we are constantly amazed at how knowing Him gets better and better. He will complete the good work He has begun in us (Phil 1:6).

The Spirit of Adoption

The Spirit of Adoption
by Justin Powell

The enemy had prepared a prison cell just for me,
A trap I fell into without the slightest attempt to flee.

I gave in and would lie there in loneliness and death,
So broken inside, I had little hope to resurrect.

Entangled in sin, I had no idea what to do,
I could cry out for help, but the enemy said, “From whom?”
“There’s no one to save you! Go back to the booze.”

“Give up, you’ve lost, your soul belongs to me.”
“Just an alcoholic, that’s all you’ll ever be.”

Then a still, small voice said, “No, that’s not true.”
I whispered, “Lord, can you hear me?” He replied, “Yes, I hear you.”

“Your enemy’s a liar, a cheat and a thief,
For Satan desires only to sift you like wheat!”

“But I, Jesus, have prayed for you so that when you return to Me,
Your enemy will fall, but you’ll stand on your feet.”

“Reach out your hand my child, and from My victory,
Together we’ll ensure your enemy’s defeat.”

I reached out my hand and He pulled me up.
Now it’s His glory I drink from my cup.

He said, “Friend I have someone that I’d like you to meet.”
Then He clothed me with a robe of righteousness and gave me bread to eat.

With excitement He said I was the guest of honor,
The time had come at last for me to meet His Father.

I exclaimed, “No Lord. This must be a mistake!”
But He said, “Make yourself comfortable, just sit there and wait.”

It wasn’t long before the Father entered the room.
A cloud of righteousness almost blinded me and I didn’t know what to do.

I trembled and shook, then fell to the floor,
While my instincts all told me to run for the door!

I wept and I cried, though not sure what for.
There was an overwhelming presence I had never felt before.

I cried out, “How can I meet this Father, so righteous and true?”
But then our eyes met and He said, “Son, is that you?”

I couldn’t believe what I had heard with my own ears.
Is this the Father I had longed for all of these hard years?

Without the slightest hesitation He ran up to greet me.
He hugged me, embraced me, and then He even kissed me.

He put a ring on my hand and sandals on my feet.
He brought out the fatted calf and said, “Come son, let’s eat.”

We danced and were merry, He threw a party just for my sake.
Then He stood up and said He had an announcement to make.

All of heaven quieted so there was not one single sound,
He said, “My son was dead and lost, but is now alive and found!”

New Wine of the Spirit – Post 7

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. -John 15:12

It is a choice to pick up an offense.  There is a certain man who came and joined us in treatment recently.  It is not my intent to bad mouth anyone but I must do some “flushing” here.  This man has pushed my patience.  I have not yet expressed my feelings to him but I have been tempted.

It’s interesting that today in group we were talking about confrontation and the avoidance of it.  This man has an entirely different worldview than mine and I’m fine with that.  Many of us here have different worldviews but we focus on the similarities that we have – one of them being addiction.

I am not in a Christian recovery center and in many ways I am glad about that.  This is where God has placed me.  There are some Christians here and many who are not.  Some of these have asked me questions and I’ve been able to share with them.  I see that as the appropriate time to talk.  I’m not threatened by different worldviews and am quite interested in the way others view the world.  But what has irritated me with this guy is the inappropriate times he finds it necessary to “preach” his worldview.

We will be in group talking about recovery skills, or something else recovery related, and somehow multiple times he has switched the subject and begins talking about his new age philosophies.  He will talk about the universe and “the divine” who speaks to him while on drugs.

It has tested my patience!  I find it quite annoying, disruptive and distracting but I humbly ask God for His love towards this person.  It’s hard to love some people but God certainly loves everyone of us no matter how screwy our view of Him may be.  Tonight I pray for compassion and love towards this man and that His eyes may be opened to the love of the Father.

**This is a journal entry previously written during my stay in an alcohol abuse treatment center.  I’ll be posting many more in the coming days.  All entries will be linked here.**

The Manifestation of Hope

One attribute to the presence of God is the manifestation of hope.  When I am aware of His presence, hope becomes alive to me.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil. -Hebrews 6:19 (NKJV)

He is always faithful to His promises.  The word of God is immovable and indestructible.   I cannot live off bread alone but by every word that proceeds (and is proceeding) from the mouth of God.  His word gives me life.  His promises give me hope.  His righteousness gives me comfort.  His compassion and thoughts toward me, give me love.  In Him my soul finds the rest it is always looking for.

So God has given both his promise and his oath.  These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.  Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. -Hebrews 6:18 (NLT)

Return to your rest, oh my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountiful with you. -Psalm 116:7