Giving Our All To God

As Christians, we would do well to remember that we don’t need to go it alone as we seek to break the bonds of our addictions and negative compulsive behaviors. We have an Advocate before God and a Helper who will come alongside us, bear us up, and strengthen our walk as we resolve to turn our struggle(s) over to God.

Think of your most precious relationship. What would you be willing to do in order to retain that special relationship, restore the relationship should it ever become broken, or to help that special person through a life-threatening event. Imagine what you would be willing to do if it were truly in your power to affect the necessary changes to help this person.

Next, think of your most prized possession. What would you be willing to pay or do in order to protect that item from harm, or to restore it should something happen to it?

Finally, imagine something that falls into both of these categories. This is how God views each and every one of us! There are numerous Scriptures throughout the Bible that express the extent of God’s love towards us and the price that He was willing to pay in order to restore our relationship with Him.  1 John 4: 9 & 10 tells us, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (NKJV).  Additionally, John 15:13 tells us, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” This aspect of the scenario I have proposed is easier for some to accept than it is for others especially since this type of love is personified by military and first responders in their willingness (readiness) to sacrifice their own lives for the safety of others.  However, the other side of the coin is much more difficult for most to receive and comprehend. This is dealing with the aspect of ownership.

The bottom line is that, whether we accept this truth or not, we all belong to God. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19 & 20, we are not our own and have been bought with a price. And what a price; it cost the earthly life of God’s only Son! Once we accept that we belong to God, what are we to do with this knowledge? These same verses tell us that we are to, “…glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

We need to turn our ENTIRE lives over to God so that He can work to restore us to a proper relationship with Him as well as restoring us to physical and mental health. We need to ensure He is our LORD and not just our Saviour!!  Consider Matthew 22:20-21 where Jesus is answering the Pharisees concerning payment of taxes.  Jesus asked to see a coin and asked them about the IMAGE on the coin. “And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Couple this with the various Scriptures, e.g. Genesis 1:26, that tell us that we were created in God’s IMAGE, which means God has been imprinted on each of us, and we can see that Jesus has called us to turn our lives and wills over to God.

Oftentimes, we argue that we have too much sin to be forgiven, but Paul addressed that issue in Romans 5:8 when he wrote, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” As a result, our reasonable service is not just to offer ourselves as ‘living sacrifices’ (Rom 12:1); we must also be willing to turn over to Jesus all of the defects that are part and parcel with us, including all of our addictions, lusts, habits and hang-ups.

Remember, God paid a great price for each of us, addictions and all, not just those portions we are willing to turn over to Him. Just like you, He is VERY interested in protecting that investment from harm or in restoring the damages we have sustained. This is why He sent Jesus to pave the way for restoration to Him, and the Holy Spirit to walk alongside us and guide us back to physical, mental and spiritual health.

Taking Every Thought Captive!

Scott Pipenhagen
Recovery / Transition Chaplain
Serve & Protect
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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About Scott P.

Scott is a retired Military LEO and a Volunteer Chaplain with Serve & Protect (www.serveprotect.org) where he seeks to provide transition services for First Responders and Military personnel by mentoring and connecting them with local 12 Step or similar Faith-Based recovery programs, local Chaplains, and Trauma Therapists to continue their recovery journey following residential care treatment. Scott contributes these devotions to the Serve & Protect ministry Facebook page: Guns'n'Hoses (https://www.facebook.com/GunsHosesMinistry). Scott has been involved in Faith-Based recovery programs since 2006 and has a Bachelor of Science in Religion through Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies through Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Fredericksburg, VA, and can be contacted at spipenhagen@liberty.edu.
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