“Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” Hebrews 4:14-16 (MSG)
What a great verse about Christ’s love, mercy, and grace. But it also tells us something more: that we can trust Him. Why? He’s been where we’ve been. He lived among us, saw it all, experienced it all, and was tempted beyond anything we could imagine, not to mention the weight of the world’s sin on Him at the cross. The question really isn’t if we can trust Him but rather what happens when we don’t trust Him. If I am not trusting Jesus then I’m trusting in me or someone else to see me through this life. I’m not saying that we don’t need people, we absolutely do, it’s when we rely on people first instead of God that gets us in trouble.
When I don’t put God first, I put me first and when I do that the writing is on the wall, I take that slow ride down the elevator until I hit bottom. I don’t know about you, but trusting Christ in all my affairs is a process and at times is so very hard to do. I want to cling to some of my character defects, fight for control, and be the leader of my life and yours as well. When God doesn’t work fast enough I think I can take over and speed up my recovery process, speed up becoming more Christ-like. If not for Christ‘s grace and mercy I don’t have a chance at recovery—do you? Ask yourself what is holding you back from trusting Christ in all your affairs. Where are you misplacing trust? What character defects are you hanging on to and not giving to Him?
Let us keep working on our inventory process and seeking the truth behind what is really going on in our lives. We learn in CR that trust is faith in action, the more we put feet to our faith the more we learn to trust Jesus. “So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.”
May God bless you mightily this week!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
October 1-7, 2018
Friday, October, 5: Lesson 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 a lesson from Jimmy—Relapse.
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Solid Rock Café.