I have been away! Visiting family and getting ready for the ‘Next Stage’ of my spiritual walk. In the past, I have continued my blog whilst on holiday but this time I made a conscious decision to ‘Rest’ Because like so many other people I know I can be good at telling others what to do without following through on my own advice.
The Bible Jesus says Matthew 11:28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”
The next two verses of that passage of scripture say v 29-30 “Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Recovery requires work! It is not always going to be easy. Things are not always going to work out according to our agendas and plans.
Recovery requires prayer! Matthew 6:6 says“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” We all need to take time out to talk to God, get alone with Him, seek and understand what it is He wants us to do next. Because even when we think we know what we are doing we still may not be on the right track.
My focus verse for today is; Matthew 26:2 “You know that Passover comes in two days. That’s when the Son of Man will be betrayed and handed over for crucifixion.”
JESUS KNEW WAS READY In one sense the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures–no surprises here. Matthew 26:24 He knew what was coming! For many of us entering the recovery process, we have an idea of what is expected of us. We know we are going to have to give up many of the things that have been our comforts through our addictions and compulsions.
KNOWING WHAT IS COMING DOESN’T NECESSARILY MAKE IT EASIER Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?” Matthew 26:39 None of us set out in life to live addictive, dysfunctional lives. And, when we get to recovery none of us, if we admit it really want to STOP! and change our lives. But it is necessary, just like the cross was a necessary path for Jesus to take for our sake.
GOD HAS A PLAN AND A PURPOSE FOR US EACH “The Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.” Luke 19:10 This Easter remember Jesus came for a purpose. To open the way to each of us to have direct access to God and for those of us caught up in lives of addiction and compulsion ‘The Way’ is discovered through ‘The Principles of Recovery’ outlined in ‘God’s Word’
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.”
This Easter don’t forget:
- JESUS CAME TO EARTH WITH A PURPOSE
- HE COMMITTED TO GOD TO CARRYING OUT THAT PURPOSE
- BECAUSE OF HIS COMMITMENT TO THAT PURPOSE WE ALL HAVE ACCESS TO LIVING LIFE RECOVERY.