REFORMERS UNANIMOUS 10 PRINCIPLES (PART 6)
When we look into the Reformers Unanimous ministry, most people will ask “What is it”? Reformers Unanimous is unapologetically a Christ centered faith based addictions ministry that helps those bound in addictions get victory through Jesus Christ. The way that we facilitate this is through a few resources:
A. Three Talks
B. Ten Principles
C. Dynamic Testimonials
D. Spirit Filled Biblical Application
Today we will focus on the ten principles and how we can apply them to our lives as we seek to a clean, sober victorious life in Christ.
(Click the link above to play the video of Principle#6)
There was a young man that we will call Sam that requested help from our local Reformers Unanimous chapter to overcome a drug addiction. He did everything in his own power with no real success. He came out to our RU chapter and started to get some real victories over his addiction. However, he left the meetings and returned back to the same conditions that he desired to depart. Worse, he enjoyed returning to his friends that sold him drugs and encouraged their use. He was very happy for a period of time while getting applications on how to stop and hanging out with his friends.
One day the RU Director preached on this principle and Sam indicated that this principle destroyed him inside. He said that he would feel very guilty and want to go run and hide because of his hypocrisy. He indicated that since he didn’t comfortable being around both groups of people, he would remain by himself. He finally reached out to the RU Director and began the long road to recovery. He said “Not choosing, is a choice to chose what I didn’t want in the first place.” He said that “I was a slave to not only drugs but to pleasing people.”
When we seek to follow those that run from God, we will only make ourselves tired of the struggle and defeated. If you want to win a race, you can’t run at the back of the pack with those that don’t have the strength to run up front. You have to push & challenge yourself and train like you perform. Hence, the principle for today: “Those Who Do Not Love The Lord, Will Not Help You Serve The Lord.” Some practical advice for you while you live your life today and today’s challenge.
A. Misery Loves Company
Have you ever seen a person having a bad experience at work? When they have had this experience, especially with a superior, they seem to want others to join their journey to unhappiness. However, if no one joins their side, the person with an offense, includes them into the crowd of those that have hurt them. Basically, they want people to be miserable with them because they don’t want to be in their stubborn condition alone.
In our walks with the Lord, we should do all that we can to avoid people that have this type of attitude or that have this type of spirit. They only want to turn people away from God, the man of God and Godly teachings. They will literally tell you that it’s all fake and not true. They will even resort to personal attacks against another in order to justify themselves. Because what it all boils down to are three things:
I. Someone Hurt Them
II. Some Experience Hurt Them
III. Some Circumstance Discouraged Them
Be very careful around these types of behaviors. The only way to defeat this type of personality is to:
I. Establish Who Can Help Them
II. Explain That The Future Can Be Different
III. Enlighten Them That Circumstances Can Change
This is what one can do in order to avoid a long drawn out conversation that no one will win.
B. Mad People Love Complainers
Proverbs 22:24-25 “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul”
There is a parallel about people who complain and those that are just generally angry at the world. People that are complainers usually aren’t mad they want to be heard. When one ignores them they will flip the switch and become very upset. Those that are mad WILL complain and seek others that complain.
Becoming a friend to an angry person makes the foundation of your relationship negative and destructive. Seek those that build you up and keep you standing upright and not with those that have the capability to knock you off your foundation with one word.
All too often we will flock to those that have the same destructive behavior, habits and vices. When we establish friendships/relationships that focus on negative, destructive and sinful behavior, we are inviting destruction and devastation into our lives. What destructive behavior have you allowed into your life? Better yet! What are you going to do about it? Choosing to ignore it will not make it go away nor will it make it get better. You have to act. What will you do? Today’s challenge is to recognize those relationships and make a decision to serve God even if it kills you inside. In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about the seventh principle and how it helps our walk with God. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.