Friday, September 7, 2012

Free Indeed!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

Well we have begun a new journey in our lives in another new town, new state, new appointment, with new duties. But our primary function and purpose remains the same--"Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself". Jesus told us these were the two greatest commandments. No matter where you are, if you "Fix your eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2a), you will feel a sense of His presence and His peace. Nothing can compare to the love God has in store for you. It's been quite some time since I've blogged, but I am committing to the ministry and potential it has-plus it helps me to remember. . .

Today marks the first night of our division's Recovery Camp. This is a special weekend for those who suffer from alcoholism and addiction to really take a look at their lives, the choices God gives to each of us, and to truly turn our will and surrender to His great plan for each of us. I am excited as many people from our church, including my husband, traveled to Estes Park to be a part of this weekend. It is so easy in today's world, to be caught up with what is 'cool' or to not want to be seen as 'weird' or not part of the crowd. The apostle Paul in speaking to the church in Galatia was directing them to take a STAND and not fall into the crowd. Basically, he was saying choose now--the cross or the crowd. Yes the cross may lead to hard times. It may lead to being ridiculed. But it will take you to a new life; one full of riches being stored in heaven, filled with friends and a new family who come around to surround you with love--all in the name of Jesus.

The church's function is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. If you are struggling in your life, are caught up in a habit or just feeling down, reach out! You can't do it  on your own. But God can give you the strength. Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." I will not forget how overwhelmed I felt in trying to pack to move to Colorado. But once I admitted my frustration, how blessed I was to have a dozen people from the church come to my aid and assist in packing and cleaning the house. If God is for us, who can be against us? I'm loving the song  Our God by Chris Tomlin . I suggest everyone check it out for inspiration and encouragement by clicking on the link. 
But the Lord's Word is even better,
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9