Monday, December 22, 2014

GRACE - from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, NOT FOR MEN ONLY










GRACE

I know God loves all people including those of us who became addicted sexually. God not only loves you, He delights in you and wants you no matter who you are or what you have done. I am convinced of this because I have discovered it for myself. He reveals himself to me through the opening door of my honest, open and willing surrender. Thankfully, having an authentic relationship with God is not a matter of how smart I am, but how sincere I am with Him. He takes care of the rest. It’s simple, it’s effective and it’s called grace. Grace is God’s gift of a new life, no matter who you are, where you are or what you have done. God is concerned for you and He reveals himself to anyone who is interested in Him. When you are ready to receive and accept it, God’s grace will always be there to meet you. He’ll make His home in your heart. From there He will move into every aspect of your life, continually expanding His presence and filling you with Himself.
I believe all people — whether they know it or not — intuitively long for a spiritual and eternal Father, one who knows exactly what they need, one who is eternally committed to love and care for them perfectly. We all need an authentic relationship with a perfect Father. And this is where Jesus comes into the plan for our redemption. Jesus is the One Person who has always known God as the Perfect Father. He reveals who God the Father is and what God the Father is like. God may never be exactly what we want Him to be, but He will always be everything we need Him to be. There has always been only one whose life displayed perfection of purpose, whose death exemplified the perfection of love and who lived
again after death, proclaiming the perfection of power that altered the course of world history and changing individual lives.

In Jesus, I experience someone whose destiny offered Him all privileges but — by His own choice — gave up His entitlements, preferring to love others in surrender and obedience to God his Father. He embraced those who admitted their need for Him, anyone who was willing to ask for His help. He forgave those who sought to destroy Him. He never retaliated, nor defended Himself. He expressed love for those who killed Him, because He knew they did not understand who He was or what He was about. After giving up His life, He lived again and appeared to His followers, proclaiming once and for all His role as The One who is capable of giving life to dying men. He chose to associate with those who, like me, were socially and personally ravaged, drawing us to Himself, to His love and to His Father.

I am empowered by Jesus Christ according to His power and the gift of faith I have in His power. It is in Jesus that I have life and confidence in God’s care. Thank God Jesus loves the sexually addicted like me.

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son
merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
John 3:16-18 MSG

The man and the life of Jesus can never be contained in a history lesson or a theological discussion. The only place for Him and His Spirit to be is in the lives of men and women who, like me, become infused with His Power as a result of their faith and hope in Him. His life is my life. His God is my God. My life is His. God does not exist for me. I exist for God. Looking through the lens of eternity, everything begins to make sense. I am increasingly aware of the joy God brings, His excellent plan for me and the assurance that my life, the world around me, and the universe as a whole are loved by Him completely. The love of Jesus is changing my heart and as my heart changes, my mind is changing too. The recovery I am receiving is not about rule-keeping, religious moralizing and self-imposed corrections. I have experienced a complete change of allegiance, now preferring an intimate relationship with God above my sexual addictions, above my life, above everything. Jesus lived courageously, died lovingly and lived again eternally so we can know that God eternally forgives you and me. Are you ready to say…?


Dear God, I pray that I will learn to desire obedience more than blessing or comfort and to know that the greatest blessing in life is to live obedient to Your will. May I learn to better give up my will and find my complete and total satisfaction in Your will. My self-centeredness destroys me but seeking You and doing Your will brings life to me. Realizing this, I have decided that my mind, my heart and my will, will be directed to You. I will find my purpose and identity in knowing You more personally and living more powerfully according to Your Spirit. Amen
The Operation Integrity Prayer












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