Getting Straight

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“Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
(Oh, you don’t need kicks, girl)
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
(You just need help, girl)
Before you find out it’s too late, girl
You better get straight”

— Paul Revere and the Raiders Kicks

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Addictions are a result of a human character flaw. The only way to completely over come an addiction, as a recovering addict recently said, is by turning it over to the Lord. There are many other manifestations of character flaws as a result of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.

As a former homeless man in lower Bucks County used to say, “we all have baggage.” To remove the garbage in our lives, we need a higher power than ourselves. In John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress, an allegory about the journey of the soul, the character “Evangelist” points up to God.

Not only do we need God to restore us to the way we are supposed to be, we need each other. There is no such thing as the Lone Ranger Christian.

“For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

— Romans 12:4-5

Whether you have a problem with excessive alcohol, drugs, anger management, resentment, anxiety, depression or any other malady, you are not alone. God wants people to help one another. He gave individuals various talents they can use to help their brothers and sisters.

Although Christians have a common bond, namely Jesus, we are not clones and are not alone.

Originally the disciples spread the gospel by word of mouth, much like the oral tradition of the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA. Fast forward several centuries when Martin Luther started, and Guttenberg facilitated with the printing press, the tradition where Christians read scripture and learn God’s Word for themselves. The gospel further went out and people became more personally accountable for their faith.

Today our society is decaying, as a result of people straying from God.

The church has always been in conflict with the world. It’s been a constant battle. This is why the apostle Paul, the letter writer to the churches and the boys visited the early churches to check to see that their teachings and actions were in sync with God.

Some people think they can become the way God wants them just by dealing with God on their own. Certainly, we all need a personal relationship with the Lord, but should not forgo the assembly of saints, as God has commanded for our good.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the light. This is really the only way we can be made right.

Personal problems, issues are a result of people not listening to God and living their lives according to his Word. God knows better than we do how we should live. He made us and wrote the manual for us — the Bible.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

-Proverbs 3:5

I find that I am encouraged to keep the faith when I go to church and attend Bible studies. The church I attend encourages us to learn what God is telling us through scripture and to maintain a personal relationship with God through prayer, fellowship, songs of worship, and studying his Word.

The 12 Steps program, which uses a Biblical basis for the original program started by AA back in the day, has also been a big help in my healing process. I didn’t have a drug or alcohol addiction but my attitude and accompanying behavior was just as destructive.

http://www.12stepjourney.com/

Restoring us, throwing out our garbage, is an ongoing process. It’s a constant battle between my will and God’s, and like Gunny Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) in Heartbreak Ridge, He will win.

God has made a covenant with his people. God’s covenant is not like a human contract, where if one party breaks a promise the other can back out. In God’s covenant, even if we mess up and break the contract, God still honors his covenant with us.

“I will never leave you or forsake you,”

-Jesus