“But Gods discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His Holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.”
Yesterday was a great day, a great Father’s day. My cards were full of accolades and love from my grown children, words that mean so much to me. I couldn’t help but be emotional, the kind of emotion that comes from gratitude. The kind of gratitude that is found in regaining what once was lost.
Where does God’s discipline come in when you are struggling with major family issues? As a father, what can discipline do to help with influencing children that now are adults?
I learned the value of discipline as I came to believe that it was a major avenue to freedom and joy. We come to Celebrate Recovery to gain freedom from our hurts, hang ups and habits. Discipline is allowing God the freedom to work in our lives. We call this surrender. We face a significant test when we encounter Steps 4 and 5; it takes a lot of courage and discipline to do a fearless and moral inventory. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is absolutely necessary if we are to gain freedom from the chains that have held us back in our lives and in our relationship with God.
Relationships are at the core of Celebrate Recovery. Whatever brings us to recovery is but the symptom of our dysfunction. We learn that only God can pull our character defects/sins out by the root. Recovery is about our relationship with God, with self, and with others. As we turn our life and will over to God, we subject ourselves to his discipline, his correcting, and his love. God’s grace fortifies us as we trudge our road to destiny with him.
For fathers that had a great Father’s Day: be grateful for what you have. And for fathers struggling with children, young or adult, don’t give up. Continue to surrender to God’s discipline and correction and there will be a “peaceful harvest of right living.“ Our perfect and loving Father in Heaven tells us that all we have to do is believe and participate.
Question: If you trust God to heal your life, do you trust him to heal your family as well?
God loves you; Jesus died for you; His Spirit lives in you! Say “yes” to Jesus and live Love!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
June 17-23, 2019
Friday, June 21: Lesson Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dessert for you. Please join us for dessert and fellowship.
- 6:30pm: Please join us for an hour of worship and a recovery message.
- 7:30pm: Open Share Groups.
- 8:30pm: Solid Rock Café