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Every new beginning is just a first step away!

Monday, January 11th, 2016

‘Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth,
do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.’ Isaiah 43:19

The day of our birth is actually the start of our own individual new year.

I often send birthday greetings to loved ones that reflect my wishes for their coming year to be filled with many blessings of health and happiness.

That makes the first day of January, the commencement of our collective new year, which, when taken as a whole, seems like a long stretch of time.

Newly begun, it is equated with new beginnings, with the promise of the future, as it becomes the new days of our lives.

There is no denying that we are living in times of upheaval and unprecedented change that is being experienced around the world. We can consciously close the media out and yet, somehow, we are still aware of
the tumult and energetic dissonance that is present.

Indeed, in dark times, it is often the chance to begin
again which helps us to make it through.
We take each day, each step, each breath,
one at a time, in order to survive.
Remembering that each new beginning
holds the potential to change things for the better:
To lighten the darkness;
To ease the load
To heal the wound
To forgive and love again ~Wayne Visser

Every new beginning is just a first step away. And so we begin 2016 with anticipation of what is promised in faith and what may be actualized in our trust of the peace that surpasses all understanding.

~*~
Becky and Jim Gabriel

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FREE recovery magazine “The Gabriel”

Friday, December 18th, 2015

The latest issue of CIR’s FREE recovery magazine “The Gabriel” is now available for Download

You are encouraged to download this, print it out or put on a diskette and share it with your loved ones, church, pastor and/or recovery group. It is jam packed with inspiration, tips, resources and information for everyone in recovery

But I need something more!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

But I need something more! I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I am at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Romans 7:17a and 24-The Message

Before we can get a hopeful answer to this predicament, we first have to arrive at the door of giving up! Just like Paul; who remember, had a religious pedigree as long and as impressive as the State of Texas is wide-we seem resolute to exhaust all of our personal resources first.

Does the power of sin and unhealed or unresolved life issues ever seem to sabotage your best intentions? More often than I like to admit, they do for me. Any real, transparent or honest follower of the Grace message of Jesus Christ will readily admit to Paul’s dilemma. The very things I truly think are behind me, often jump up, seemingly out of nowhere, and bite my religious butt.

The answer to this is in the giving up-truly coming to the end of our rope. “There is none perfect, no not one!'”

The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

God went for the jugular when He sent His own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In His Son, Jesus, He personally took on the entire human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. Romans 7:25-8:1-3b, The Message.

In our quest to please Him, we long for something more-something that will finally bring hope to our hearts. He is the something more! Total and constant surrender and trustful reliance upon Him, is always the answer. It is only because of Him, (even on the best or worse of days) that our hearts can be pregnant with hope. Besides this hope will never disappoint us because God proves his sustenance by his daily love gift of Holy Spirit in our hearts.

God went for the jugular when He sent His own Son.It will never be because we finally have a perfect religious score or day-we finally get it right…no, we must always let go of our rope and grab onto (by a sheer act of faith) the resurrection power and Grace of Jesus Christ. Something and someone more loves you and me, especially in our frailty and weakness. We cannot do much of anything in our best of intentions. We can do all things through Him. That brings our heart hope!

In the grip of His Grace,

Ron Ross

Copyright by Ron Ross.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Rev. Ron Ross is a pastor, author, teacher, and counselor.
As founder of NET Casting Ministries, he equips the church
around the world to care for the wounded and addicted.
Ron is a cofounder of the NET Training Institute.

The mariner’s chart as he sails the sea of life

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

The Bible is a book which calls not so much for the exertion of our intellect–as it does for the exercise of our affections, conscience and will. God has given His Word to us not for our entertainment, but for our education–to make known what He requires from us. It is to be…
the traveler’s guide as he journeys through the maze of this world,
and the mariner’s chart as he sails the sea of life.

Therefore, whenever we open the Bible, the all-important consideration for each of us to keep before him is: “What is here for me today? What bearing does the passage now before me have upon my present case and circumstances–what warning, what encouragement, what information? What instruction is there…
to direct me in the management of my business,
to guide me in the ordering of my domestic and social affairs,
to promote a closer walking with God?”

I should see myself addressed in every precept–and included in every promise.

But it is greatly to be feared that, through failure to appropriate God’s Word unto our own case and circumstances–there is much Bible reading and study which is of little or no real benefit to the soul.

Nothing else will…
secure us from the pollutions of this world,
deliver from the temptations of Satan, and
be so effectual a preservative from sin–
as the Word of God received into our affections. “The law of his God is in his heart–none of his steps shall slide” (Psalm 37:31) can only be said of the one who has made personal appropriation of the Word, and is able to say with the Psalmist, “Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (119:11).

Just so long as the Word is….
actually working in us,
influencing us in a practical way,
loved and revered by us,
and stirs the conscience–
are we kept from falling into open sin!

And only as we personally go out and daily gather our portion of manna, and feed upon the same–will there be strength provided for the performing of duty and the bringing forth of fruit to the glory of God.

~ Arthur Pink

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“It doesn’t hurt anyone else so it is OK.”

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

It is very easy for me to get swept up with the crowd, do what everyone else is doing, agree with what everyone else is saying. I think this has its roots in my people pleasing and codependent tendencies. But because I am a child of God I know in my heart of hearts that following the crowd rarely leads to anything good. People are just lemmings heading over the cliff.

God has provided me with His Standard and it is found in Scripture. He makes it quite clear what his direction is and what His desires for me are. It is up to me to continue to be aware of His directions and to apply His desires to my life.

It is easy to become desensitized. The news media keeps telling us smoking pot is harmless. Homosexuality is “normal.” It is OK to bend the rules. Situational ethics are what matter, not what God says. It is OK to steal just as long as you are not caught.

How often have we heard “This doesn’t hurt anyone else so it is OK.”

WRONG!

It does affect me (if I am doing the wrong thing). It affects my loved ones when they see me doing the wrong thing. It affects my relationship with God. So I have to work at remaining very sensitive to what God says — and desensitizing myself to what the world says.

If someone says something loud enough and often enough it can start sounding like the truth. But there is only one Truth. I have to remember that.

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  John 8:31-32

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S.O. Brennan is the Director of
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How to Avoid Disaster

Monday, January 5th, 2015

I do a lot of long distance driving and there are many things I have learned to keep me alert. It is important for me to realize just how quickly things can go horrifically wrong if I take my eyes off of the road or “zone out” for just a second or two.

Recovery has parallels to that. I can think I am sailing along just fine, been in recovery for years. No problem…..
I start zoning out….
and not paying attention to the details…..
life is good…..

W-H-A-M !!!!!!

I think I have been blind sided but I have not. I have taken my eye of the prize. The fault is squarely mine. Not God’s. Not anybody else. Not circumstances. It is so easy to blame other people, circumstances and God. But I am the culprit.

It is essential to always remain sensitive to the Lord’s leading. But how to do that?

So often life is like being on the thruway….a little bit boring. Then something catches my eye and my focus is on that and not on the road and then all heck breaks loose.For me, it is a matter of keeping the lens of the Scriptures front and center, to always see things through that lens, never taking those Gospel Glasses off.

I take the Gospel Glasses off, everything becomes fuzzy. I can’t see or think with clarity.

It is not a matter of thinking about God all the time but having those lenses on to keep things in proper perspective — always seeing through the eyes of Christ.

I cannot be in prayer 100% of the time or working the 12 Steps 100% of the time but I can have my Gospel Glasses on — even while I am sleeping.

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S.O. Brennan is the Director of
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What are you doing?

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Do nothing that you would not like God to see.

Say nothing that you would not like God to hear.

Write nothing that you would not like God to read.

Go no place, where you would not like God to find you.

Read no book, of which you would not like God to say, “Show it to Me!”

Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, “What are you doing?”

~ J. C. Ryle

Who are You Looking To?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

“Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”—Isaiah 45:22

It is not “Look to yourself”… But it is “Look unto me.”

You say, “I do not repent enough.” That is looking to yourself.

“I do not believe enough.” That is looking to yourself.

“I am too unworthy.” That is looking to yourself.

“I cannot discover,” says another, “that I have any righteousness.” It is quite right to say that you have not any righteousness; but it is quite wrong to look for any. It is, “Look unto me.”

God will have you turn your eye off yourself and look unto him. The hardest thing in the world is to turn a man’s eye off himself; as long as he lives, he always has a predilection to turn his eyes inside, and look at himself; whereas God says, “Look unto me.”

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Sovereignty and Salvation

Problems? God is working them out!

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

“Many times God works in opposite ways to worldly probabilities. When the requirement for bricks to be made was doubled for the Hebrew slaves–who would look for deliverance? Just as the sun going back ten degrees on the sundial was a sign of Hezekiah’s recovery–so divine providence is to be read backward. Joseph was made a slave–so that he would become the deliverer of the Hebrew people.”

Thus have we found that sickness works for our spiritual health–and poverty promotes our spiritual wealth. Our worst days, have turned out to be our best days; and our low estate has lifted us on high. When storms come, we may welcome them–for they bring blessing on their wings. But when our calm is long and deep, we must be on watch, to prevent stagnation and disease result from it!

Our Redeemer bends all things to His gracious purpose! To judge His wise ways, is folly and ingratitude. What can we know? Especially what can we know of His design and purpose–while His work is yet on the anvil? Our judgments at their best, are only moderated foolishness.

We are neither prophets nor sons of prophets; and if we were wise, we would not speculate about the results of His divine operations–but firmly believe and patiently wait until His providence comes to bloom, and God becomes His own interpreter!

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28 

~ Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883 {Adapted}

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Do You Toy with Sin?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

“If we play around the viper’s hole–it no wonder that we are bitten!”

An old proverb advises us not to play with sharp-edged tools, lest we cut our fingers.

It is a sin to trifle with sin! If we must play, we had better find harmless toys! That evil which caused Christ a bloody death, is no fit theme for any man’s sport.

Playing with wickedness is a hazardous game! Sooner or later, we will pluck the lion of sin by the beard, and we shall be torn in pieces!

This is true of indulgence in strong drink: “Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper!”

This is equally true of all other forms of evil, especially of the lusts of the flesh. Lewd words, soon lead to foul deeds. Yet such is the folly of men, that they run dreadful risks in sheer wantonness, as though vipers and cobras were fine playmates, and devils were merry-makers!

“Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Do not let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.” Psalm 19:13

Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883

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