“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly (completely); and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto (at) the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 5:23
When I first met with the pastor of our church to discuss the addictions ministry, Freedom That Lasts, I thought it would be a great ministry to be part of. I imagined all the people I would be able to help, and all those who would be changed if they applied themselves to the truth of God’s Word and the teaching we would offer. We looked through the curriculum and our pastor taught a preview of the lessons on Wednesday nights through the summer. I thought the program was solid, and even was a little convicted by some of the lessons he taught as part of the core curriculum.
We started Freedom That Lasts and as I began to teach through the same curriculum, God started to work in my life. The people I thought I was going to help did not materialize as I thought, but I slowly began to realize that I was the one who needed help. I was the one who struggled with sin, and there were things in my life that I needed to repent of. I began to memorize verses and God started to do a work in my life. People began to attend and we saw people grow as the Word of God did its work in our lives.
Many people have come and gone, but there are some who have left an impact on my life. I have seen God do His good work in their lives, as clearly as if there was a growth chart on the door of their heart that marked their spiritual progress. There have been some who have moved out of state, one who passed away, and one who went to prison. My prayer for anyone who has been a part of the ministry is that they would continue to grow wherever they may be or wherever God may lead them. The point of the ministry is to find freedom from sin, which is an important part of spiritual growth and the sanctification process. One day we will be together again, and my prayer request is that we would, “be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Where are you today friend? Are you growing in the things of the Lord or are you growing in the things of the world? Are you ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ? Is your prayer that you would be preserved blameless at the coming of the Lord? You are either growing in the Lord, or you are losing ground - there is no neutral. James 4:8 states,”Draw nigh (near) to God, and he will draw nigh (near) to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” May we draw near to Him and be changed more and more to look like Him until the day He calls us home to Heaven.
Stay in the fight!