REFORMERS UNANIMOUS 10 PRINCIPLES (PART 9)
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.
PRINCIPLE #9 “WE LOSE OUR FREEDOM TO CHOOSE WHEN WE GIVE IN TO TEMPTATION. OUR CONSEQUENCES ARE INEVITABLE AND INCALCULABLE AND UP TO GOD.”
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I remember when I was a police officer many years ago, monitoring traffic during my shift. I noticed, about an hour into my shift, a driver approaching my direction at a very high rate of speed. I noticed that as the driver drove past me, he looked at my cruiser and immediately began to slow down. Even though he had determined to do the right thing, he had been caught doing the wrong thing already. At that time, he was no longer in control of the consequences. The results were inevitable and incalculable and totally not up to the driver but the officer.
The same thing applies to our lives spiritually. You see, we lose our liberty and freedom when we willingly give in to temptation. We can not predict the consequences or the responses to what we have done. When we indulge in harmful or addictive behavior we lose the ability to choose our own consequences.Why? Because we give our freedom to another person or circumstance. Here are some helpful tidbits of advice to avoid giving away one of God’s gifts:
The More You Fight, The More You Appreciate Your Liberty
Most of the soldiers all over the world will testify that they would rather NOT fight for liberty. However, the ones that have been in fights, for their lives, those are the ones that seem to enjoy their freedom more than the average person. These are the ones that fight hard for their freedom and the freedom of others. When soldiers fight, they long for the sweet peace of victory and their own liberty.
Those that have been in the war of addictive behavior and on the battlefield of struggle know that at some point, victory will come. Once you have been in the midst of sheer destruction, you seek nothing but peace, liberty and victory. Have you ever noticed that those that have been “around the block” or “heavy in addictions” seem to serve God with more fire than certain others? The reason why they serve with this fire is because they appreciate their liberty. This does not mean that they are better than any other person but they know that they have been forgiven much. Listen to what Jesus said in Luke 7:36-50
“And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet:but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss:but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint:but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”
When a person has been in a fierce battle with an enemy force or with an overwhelming force that wants to destroy them it changes you. It makes you more sensitive to the things that others take for granted. I remember an experience in the military where I saw a team be attacked multiple times while we were playing “war-games”. Each team took turns trying to defeat this one team. No one was able to defeat this team because they had been in combat before and learned how to survive attacks. They ultimately learned how to avoid being overwhelmed by remaining calm and anticipating the next move and constantly looking for a way to escape before the attack occurred.
Here is the application:
God allows us to have bad experiences in our lives so that we can have confidence in the future or in another time where we struggle. It seems like the whole world is attacking you and trying to destroy you but all you need to remember to do is look forward for the route of escape. We need to constantly look for the route of escape even of we aren’t being attacked right this second. The devil doesn’t play fair and will oftentimes attack when we are weakest and aren’t prepared. So when we haven’t suited up with the armor of God we risk exposing ourselves to make bad decisions. Once we have made bad decisions, we will lose our freedom and the consequences will be out of our hands.
What fight have you been struggling with? Are you ready for peace and victory? You will never experience peace and victory until you submit to the one that can guarantee it. We must do our part before we logically expect God to step in and help us. Our part is:
- Putting on our armor
- Following orders
- Submitting to Him
- Refuse to act in our own power without His
- Stay where He has put us until He either moves us or tells us to move
When we submit to God, the enemy can not defeat us! The enemy will try to throw everything at us that he has but it will fail. Only God has the power to protect, preserve and prosper. Have you experienced this from God? Today, I challenge you to think about this woman that washed Jesus’ feet with her hair. She had nothing special to serve God with but herself. She gave herself to God to serve Him and it mattered to Him. What are you giving? In tomorrow’s devotional, we will discuss the last principle and how it applies to our lives. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.