Follow the Law

Concept of justice. Law scales on green background.

Too many men in addictions and many more that haven’t admitted to addictions have gotten themselves on the wrong side of the law. Unpaid child support, traffic violations, fines, bench warrants, skipping court dates. We can all say that we love Jesus and he will provide for all of our needs. But following Jesus also means following his word. 1 Peter 2:13-16 tells us we must” submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority” By taking care of our earthly duties we can truly live at peace with our Lord and savior.

A brother in Christ recently took action to get his driver’s license restored after many years. Seeing how calm he was that he didn’t have to worry about getting caught driving without a license, makes him a better Christian and person. “Doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men” 1 Peter 2:15. Know a brother that may be struggling with legal matters that may come to rear its ugly head at any moment. Encourage them to face their dark past that so that they may be able to be a shining light to others.

Written by Robert Breault: Robert is a full time staff member at America’s Keswick and married to his lovely wife Shirley.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 64; Proverbs 3

Daily Quote: “The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy.” ~Dwight L. Moody

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

19 The Lord God[a] is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.

~Habakkuk 3:17-19

Humility Vs. Pride I

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)

I have been wrong, I have made many mistakes, life and people have crushed me plenty of times; and most of them left me in despair. In addition, losing a loved one has way of bringing me to my knees. These are all situations that push or should push us back to a broken state before God.

However, I have been asking God to keep me in that state of humility in spite of life’s condition. You might think I’m crazy, but I believe if I can keep myself with a broken sprit and a contrite heart, that God doesn’t need to do it for me, or at least as often. I am certainly not the example of the humblest person, but that doesn’t stop me from checking my motives and dispositions.

The beauty about Humility, besides the constant command in the scripture, is that it reflects the attitude of Christ. It sets us apart from our natural prideful make-up and forces us to total reliance on God. It allows us to be in a right fellowship with God. James mentions, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” And all of us could benefit from the grace of God.

Humility is characteristic and evidence of the Christian faith. It understands who the boss, who is in control, who is right. Even secular recovery starts with admitting that they are not in control and need a power greater themselves. The good news; we know that power, we know that person. Jesus Christ humbled himself to the will of the Father and at the right time the Father lifted Him up and made His name above every name. Take down, and He will lift you up.

Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member at America’s Keswick.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 103; Proverbs 12

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Daily Quote: “To love someone means to see him as God intended him” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him. ~Psalm 28:7

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