“One thing I know. I was blind but now I see.” John 9:25
I was blind, but now I see. I think all of us have some visual deficit if not outright blindness when it comes to our faith journey. Going through life eyes wide shut is a sure way to miss the message that God loves us and wants to be in a relationship with us.
Spiritual blindness comes in different packages, but at its core is denial. Spiritual superiority, the misbelief that one is better than another because they are more connected to God because of what they know and who they are; sin isn’t really a problem for them. This type of denial is nothing more than pride and is very destructive. C.S. Lewis said that pride causes you to look down on another and when you do, you can’t see what’s above you. That’s right, when we look down on others we miss the truth that is found in our loving Father. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace.
Denial is not a river in Egypt, as the saying goes. In fact, some of us are so caught up in our denial that we really can’t see the issue(s), even when its obvious to those around us. In CR we start at the beginning by admitting we are powerless over our hurts, habits and hang-ups, and our lives have become unmanageable. I’m reminded of a verse from Jeremiah, “You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there.” Recovery is an ongoing journey of breaking out of denial so we can open our eyes and see the truth; that Jesus loves us and wants to be in a relationship with us, and so much more. Our sins are forgiven, can we forgive ourselves and each other. You bet we can, God’s grace is enough!
I remember my first recovery meeting; I was scared, dazed and confused. But I met people there that really wanted to help me; I arrived hopeless, but left with hope. Maybe, just maybe, Jesus could rescue me. My worst day was the start of a new best day, the day I surrendered to Jesus and let him have the lead in my life. Your eyes are wide open when you see the potential of Jesus saving and changing lives in everyone you meet.
“Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” -John Newton.
“In Christ we are set free by the blood of his death, and so we have forgiveness of sins. How rich is God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7
During this Easter season make sure you attend your home church and continue your work in Celebrate Recovery. If you do not have a home church, I invite you to attend Crossroads Easter services, the Holy Spirit will fill the services with love and you will be blessed.
Love God, love people, Jesus first!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
March 12-18, 2018
Friday, March 16: Teaching Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for dinner and fellowship.
- 7pm: Join us for an hour of worship and a message on Step 5, “Admit.”
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Sold Rock Café.
- A new Women’s Mixed Issue 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday at 6:30pm in room 211 at the Crossroads Loveland Campus. For more details, contact [email protected].
- A new Men’s Chemical Addiction 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm in the Crossroads Loveland in Room 138. For more details, contact [email protected].
- A new Men’s Mixed Issue 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm in the Crossroads Loveland Conference Room. For more details, contact [email protected].