Notes from Brother Jay

Kathy continues to receive the Nashville UMC Messenger.  I asked them to let me use this because I believe it gets to the heart of the matter for every person on earth, and all of us, myself included.  Matthew 6:33 tells us to “Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  The title is mine…


Seeking God’s Kingdom: First Steps

        “Step 1 in the Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Program says this: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.”  Think about that statement for a moment.  It’s more than what you hear on TV about just admitting you have a problem.  It’s admitting that that you have no power over it; that even with the best of intentions the alcohol has control over you.  Too often, the alcoholic thinks they can handle it on their own, that they can control it.  It's only when they admit their powerlessness that healing can begin.”
        “I mention this because the same is true for us in our sin.  We must admit we are powerless over it.  It is our human condition.  Perhaps we pretend that we can control it.  Perhaps we think we aren’t as susceptible to it as others.  Perhaps we think that our sin isn’t as obvious as others or as big a deal as others because it doesn’t hurt someone else.  When we do this, we are lying to ourselves in the same way that alcoholics lie to themselves about their control.  But when we recognize the truth – that we are powerless over it and admit it, we give up our control and healing can begin.  True repentance, change, walking down a new path can begin when we give up our control and begin following after Jesus.”
        “During this Lenten season, examine your heart.  Recognize the places where you are fooling yourself into thinking you are in control of your sin.  Then give up that control to Jesus.  Let healing begin.”

Peace,

Brother Jay

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