Friday, November 25, 2011

Full of Life or Lifeless?

What is your life like these days? Does it reflect one full of life and hope or is it reflecting more of hopelessness and a lifeless picture.
Last year I had the chance to go to the country of Jordan with a small group of brothers and sisters to do a Life’s Healing Choices conference. While we were there we took some time to go visit the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea is this body of water that is made up with so much salt that nothing can survive in it. It is exactly what it says, “dead”. A couple times we got the water in our eyes and the salt was so strong from the minerals that it burned our eyes. Amazingly it is true what they say; you cannot sink in the Dead Sea. We jumped in the water and immediately floated to the top. It was the most bizarre feeling to know you could not sink.
Recently I was reading in Ezekiel 47, where a river is mentioned, also mentioned in Revelation 22, God refers to this river that is associated with the Garden of Eden in Chapter 2 river.
When I think about the Garden of Eden, I think of good, pure, and life. This river God refers to in Ezekiel and Revelation symbolizes life from God. This river is gentle safe and deep river, expanding more and more as it flows. We learn that this river will flow into the Dead Sea and freshen the Dead Sea’s water so that it can support life. Wow! Think about that for a second. If God can take a sea like the Dead Sea, that is lifeless and give it life, He most definitely can do that for us can’t He?
If our life is feeling lifeless or hopeless right now, we can find hope in knowing that God’s power can transform us the same way he will the Dead Sea and give us life. He can give us a life full of HOPE. Jesus said in Mark 1:15, “Turn from your sins and act on this glorious news!”
No matter how empty, lifeless or corrupt our life may be, He will flow His living water through us and give us LIFE and life more abundantly.
Even when I feel too messed up and beyond help and hope; His power can heal and restore me. The bottom line, I cannot sink in my junk and won’t when I turn to Him and His power to control my life. This will reflect His blessings that flow from His throne. “He frees the prisoners….; He lifts the burdens from those bent down beneath their loads.” Ps 146:7-8
If He can bring life to this messed up man, that was full of dysfunction and messiness, He can most definitely do this for you. He promises us in John 10:10, “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”
Isn’t that good news!? His purpose is to give you and I life in all its fullness.
Come visit us at CR tonight! We would love to have you join us.

For information about Celebrate Recovery contact Rodney at 479-659-3679 or roholmstrom@fellowhsipnwa.org

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