Last night I heard an amazing testimony from a man who was raised in an alcoholic home. His family was dysfunctional, and he began drinking whiskey in second grade. I couldn't hardly believe the story he went on to tell about all the bad decisions, broken relationships, failed marriages, adulterous affairs, lies, and hurts he experienced and perpetuated. The drugs and alcohol enslaved this man for the first 46 years of his life...until he met Jesus. He was part of a 12 Step program called Celebrate Recovery which helps all comers work through their own hurts, habits and hangups with an emphasis on Christ. What I really appreciated about this man's testimony is that he kept bringing it back to Jesus. He went so far as to say that the 12 steps weren't the cure; it was Jesus working in his life through the 12 step process that made all the difference. He's been sober 14 years. Can I just say to anyone who might read this; Jesus makes the difference. So cling to Jesus. Put your faith in Jesus. Listen to Jesus. If we are to have any hope or assurance in the face of life's pain He Must Increase.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Deut 3