Go for the worst

Last night as I lay down to sleep I was challenged by the Holy Spirit to ‘Go for the Worst!’.

William Booth put a challenge to the soldiers of the Salvation Army to go for souls and go for the worst. In my experience we always consider ‘the worst’ to be the homeless, addicted and afflicted.

Today I want to challenge Christians of all denominations to ‘Stand Up for Jesus, and realize Bill Booth’s Commission to go for the worst included everyone who is caught up in the black hole of sin.

Because you have a job, a family, nice house and a car doesn’t automatically make you any better than anyone else.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says alcohol is ‘cunning, baffling and powerful’ So is sin and the only remedy for ‘overcoming our sinful nature’ is through the Saving Grace of Jesus Christ.

Today people join with me and make a commitment to God to ‘GO FOR THE WORSt’ and share the Love of Christ with them.

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Thought for Today – Archie Boyle

We all need meaning, purpose and a reason for living in our lives. Without it we can be left feeling empty and unfulfilled.

The 8 Principles of Celebrate Recovery are tools we can use to discover God’s purpose for our lives. Through relationship with the One True Higher Power – Jesus Christ God gives us hope of a better life here and in eternity.

Thought for Today – Archie Boyle

Psalm 62:1-2 I wait quietly before God,for my victory comes from him.He alone is my rock and my salvation,my fortress where I will never be shaken.

Trusting God to be my rock, salvation and fortress changes my outlook on life. I no longer need be held captive by resentment, shame and hurt.

When we rest in God’s strength nothing can shake our faith.

Realise that problems are inevitable

Today I am on afternoon shift on the ‘Street Outreach Van’ in Melbourne CBD.

One of the things that happens on my afternoon shift days is I get to experience the family preparation for the upcoming day. This morning I was standing at the sink washing the dishes (doesn’t happen a lot) when Karen, my wife said to me “Is that toast burning?” It  was and I didn’t notice it. Afterwards I thought about the event and God prompted mt to some very interesting scenario’s.

  1. Quite often problems happen around us, sometime to those closes to us and we fail to notice them or assist in rectifying them.
  2. When we do nothing about the next time we go to do the same thing what sort of result do we think we are going to get.This was prompted by watching my wife remove the burnt toast, turning off the toaster and failing to turn it down. What does she think will happen next time she cooks toast?
  3. Problems in our lives are inevitable. The important thing is that we learn from them and don’t keep making the same mistakes. Problems in our life often teach us perseverance, the important thin is to maintain a positive outlook on life and learn to let God handle what we can’t – YET!

 

James 1:2 My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering.  If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.


Coping

1 Peter 2:19-21 It is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

We are called to identify with Christ. To endure hardship, suffering and trial. “My grace is sufficient for you” is God’s answer to feelings that might cause us to feel unable to cope with what lies ahead.

During my early recovery I had the support and assistance of a very dear friend, who has now gone to glory. Who when you asked him how he was doing would answer “I’m coping, sometimes I cope well and sometimes I don’t cope so well but with God’s help I always cope’.

Trust in God, nestle in His arms and rest in His will. He will never fail you, whatever suffering you encounter in the future. “Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him” (1 Peter 4:10)


Learn to thank Him and trust Him

It is normal to welcome good news. Only abnormal, mentally unbalanced people fail to be affected by something good that is announced or addressed in personal terms.

God could not have offered anything more or exciting or far-reaching than when He announced His personal desire to “put a new spirit in them”. What a great gesture, a marvellous plan. With all the misery associated with our past lives, why do some of us still refuse His precious provision? God has taken the initiative – the offer still stands! Now, if it is to be – then it is up to me!

We cannot set the change in motion that is a prerequisite for the wonder-working change God will invoke while we are wrapped up in a notion of ‘self above all else’. We must will to have God’s will fulfilled in us.

Learn to thank Him and trust Him in all things…..

Ezekiel 11:19 I will put a new spirit in them. I will take away that heart of stone, and I will put a real heart in its place