“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
When God speaks of hope it comes with the reality that there is a struggle within us or around us. If there were no struggle, why would we need hope? As Christ followers in recovery, we start to experience the hope God offers when we admit our powerlessness over our hurts, habits and hang-ups. The struggle to quit, to change, and to fix ourselves can lead us down the path of despair and hopelessness. Where do we go when there is nowhere else to go? I hope you go to Jesus; he is the light, the truth, and the way.
The book of Jeremiah is about a prophet that repeatedly warns the Kings of Israel that the country is in decline, falling deeper and deeper into sin yet no one is listening to what he has to say. They ignore and ridicule him; leaving Jeremiah angry, discouraged, and wondering if this is all worth it, being a prophet of God. There was a time I had not listened, wasting away in a pool of denial, living a life of fear, unable to fight off the forces of evil in my life and the world around me.
But God listens to our cries and understands our mess. In Jeremiah, God tells us that a Messiah is coming and we will be made “right” through Him. God has a plan for our life and it’s better than any plan we can come up with. He doesn’t say the plan will be easy or without struggle, but He does say we will prosper and He will offer all the hope we need for a better future: an everlasting life with Him. We need to believe! When we ask Jesus into our hearts, we are reborn into a new relationship with God.
God loves you; Jesus died for you; His spirit lives in you! Say “Yes” to Jesus!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
February 3-9, 2020
Friday, February 7: Message Night
- 6pm: Join us for dessert and fellowship prior to our large group meeting.
- 6:30pm: Please join us for an hour of worship and a Recovery message.
- 7:30pm: Open Share Groups.
- 8:30pm: Solid Rock Café.