“Blessed are the Meek” // Matthew 5:5
Call me crazy, but strength and meekness are related. Suffice to say that these two traits do belong together, and do go hand in hand. As we study this beatitude that covers our third step—make a decision to turn our lives and our will over to the care of God—we begin to see how God transforms our strengths into meekness. “Meek” can be defined as strength under control. CR founder John Baker uses an example of horse training to get this point across. Under a trainers guiding hand and direction, a wild horse (that would be me before recovery, and maybe you) is broken of his old self-willed ways and taught to be obedient to his master. The horse still has formidable strength, but how he uses that strength is changed dramatically.
It comes down to surrender. After we have made our decision to turn our lives over to God, we are challenged daily to turn our wills over as well. Self will run riot (the wild horse), and more subtle forms of self will have to be surrendered daily as we seek to do God’s will. I need to allow God to mold me and shape me to be used for His good purposes. The gifts and strengths God has given me and you are to be used in service to others, not for our own glorification.
Question of the Week: What am I unwilling to surrender to my Master?
Prayer: Thank you God for the training you give, for being our Director in this life. I ask for your forgiveness in those areas in my life that I have struggled with turning over to you. I ask for consistency and perseverance as I seek to do your will. In Jesus’ Name—Amen.
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
June 25-July 1, 2018
Friday, June 29: Celebration Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for food and fellowship.
- 7pm: Join us for an hour of worship and celebration. If you have a recovery birthday please share it with us.
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Solid Rock Café.