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.
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.
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.
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.
- Quite often problems happen around us, sometime to those closes to us and we fail to notice them or assist in rectifying them.
- 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?
- 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.
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
When God does a new and wonderful thing in us it makes us want to Worship Him in singing songs of praise.
Psalm 98:1 Sing a new song to the Lord,because he has done amazing things! His powerful and holy right arm has brought him another victory.
There is an old saying, “there is none so deaf as those who will not hear”. It suggests that sometime deafness is self-inflicted because we don’t like what we are hearing. There are many people in the world today who say they have never heard God speak to them. Perhaps the problem is self-inflicted because they don’t want to hear what God has to say to them.
When you hear God’s voice it’s very hard not to obey without feeling guilty.
To really hear God’s voice I have to be in personal communication with Him. In my public and private life I must be aware of His presence at all times.
John 8:47 Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”
God’s opinion of me is the most important thing in my life. I want His approval, for Him to think of me as a good man.
My opinion of Jesus is also important. He was the only perfect man and is the only perfect God. By recognising this I agree to aspire to be like Him. A task impossible by self effort.
Attaining some Christ likeness in this life is only possible through receipt of the Holy Spirit and daily walking with Him.
John 7:12 Some said, “He’s a good man,”
Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the future? There is a lot happening in the world today that is cause for gloom and pessimism. Analyse things and you will realise godlessness, increase in immoral conduct, over throw of Godly-principles, obsession, lawlessness and selfishness are foundational flaws in our corrupt society, which is sick and failing.
On the other hand, the true children of God have optimism because of an endless future in Paradise, where there will be no sin, no sorrow, no suffering, no stigma.
Our trust through learning and adapting the principles of recovery as a way of living assures us ‘God is on the throne’. He is in command of everything and because of that we have a future certainty of our destination for eternity. The final solution is in His hands.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?