This morning I woke up thinking about a ministry that I had been involved in in the past. How I had an experience with this ministry to lead a Bible study group for ladies, where no Bible study was even offered anywhere within this ministry. This was something I had to fight with a Pastor about to do. I had really sensed that God wanted me to write these lessons on a regular basis, listening to Him weekly for those lessons. I had to fight to even write them. Even though I had shown myself, in times passed, as being a dependable person in the ministry, for a lot of years. I even had the opportunity to share my story with all the churches, a part of my church, on a Sunday morning a few years earlier. They knew I was legit. They had heard the story of freedom and yet they trusted in themselves more then in asking for God’s leading.
I had experienced in other ministries within this church how shallow their teachings were. And I believed that the Lord prompted me to write these lessons for addicts, based upon my own experience from breaking free from years of bondage under Satan. How wrong it is for the church to believe that they are strong enough with their own head knowledge to fight the battles of addiction. This battle is only something that can be broken by the Holy Spirit. And I had experienced this myself in my own life. Over my time serving in this huge ministry I had seen many lose this battle, dying, even after being involved in this church. To this day I pray for the Lord to conquer this spirit of pride that led this ministry at one time. I don’t know what they do or don’t do but I do pray that if they haven’t changed their ways that God would take this ministry away from them and plant these people somewhere they will find freedom in Christ. Not only for the church’s discipline sake but for the sake of these people’s lives they’re trusted with.
Oh how quickly we forget what the Word says:
“My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” (2 Cor 12.9)
“LET LOVE for your fellow believers continue and be a fixed practice with you [never let it fail]. Remember those who are in prison as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are ill treated, since you also are liable to bodily sufferings.” (Heb 13.1, 3)
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