Hebrews 3:7 That’s why the Holy Spirit says, Today, please listen.
My favourite verse in the Bible. Why? you may ask.
In 1989 whilst wrestling with the Holy Spirit about whether to follow Jesus or go back to my old way of living I read this verse, which in the New International Version says Hebrews 3:7-8 The Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness.”
I could relate to it! Could see times in my life where God had clearly intervened and given me a choice ‘Move Forward’ or ‘Go Back.’ Could relate to the hardening of my heart and rebellion against not only God but all of society. It is the verse that made up my mind to try God’s way for a while and then if it didn’t work go on my merry way. I had nothing to lose. Through this verse, kneeling at the side of my bed and audibly hearing Jesus say to me “You do not need to live like this anymore, follow me and I will lead you.” Thankfully I made the right choice and here I am in 2018 still following His lead.
Over those years I have had many Holy Spirit encounters, my life has been shaped by them and hopefully will be until the day I go home to be with Him. I would like to say I have made all the right decisions but that would be a lie. I have when the Spirit speaks and tried to do the right thing. I am one of the most fortunate people on this planet in that I have known from early on in my recovery experience God’ purpose for my life. “To introduce others to a personal relationship with Him through the process of recovery.” Which in itself has raised some issues in my life, because whilst I believe and acknowledge God created us all in His image He also created us as individuals. No two are exactly the same, even in identical twins. so then I find myself both frustrated and irate by the number of Recovery groups and programs who honestly believe their way is the answer. Not there fault, God gave it to them so it must be right, right? Wrong it is right for them and it is right for some of the people they share it with but it is not right for everyone who enters their group/meetings. Over the years I too have been guilty of thinking the way God has shown me is the right way (Living Life Recovery) But, over the years I have adapted what God gave me to better fit the people He has brought into my sphere of influence. I have developed this blog over ten years and find it is now a Recovery Devotional blog. Based largely on the 365 daily reading I wrote which when written were actually written as discussion starters (not devotionals) Becuase I believe a lot of the recovery experience occurs through discussion one-on-one and in groups. When Bill Wilson and doctor Bob first started AA where was it’s strength ‘In finding another alcoholic to talk to and support.’
Over the years I have developed curriculum based on what God has revealed to me about the recovery process. Which I now believe is also a tool He has given me for starting discussions on recovery. This blog was initially supposed to be about me sharing my experience, strength and hope with others to encourage them to want to know the God who helped me become who I am today. I find it difficult in my life to ‘fit in’ which up until today has bothered me. I no longer want to fit in, I want to stand out. Stand out as a man whose life would have ceased prior to today had God not intervened. Stand out as a man who loves Jesus and follows where He leads regardless of consequences. Stand out as a man who has one goal and that is “To introduce others to a personal relationship with Him through the process of recovery.
Does that mean this blog is going to stop? No! But it does mean in the days, months and years ahead it may undergo a number of changes as it stops being a ‘Recovery Devotional’ and aligns with the purpose God has for my life.
Today I want to ask everyone reading this the question WHO ARE YOU? Is your life lived to accommodate others or is it lived to do what God is calling you to do?