I’ve noticed over the years that addicts tend to be really hard on themselves and tend to beat themselves up over their past. Instead of thinking negatively like that I encourage them to think of all the victories they have had and celebrate those. This gets their minds off of the negative and focused on the positives that God has worked out for them. In 1 Samuel 7:10-12 we are told,
“As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. But the LORD thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were defeated before Israel. And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car. Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer.”
Why did he call that place of victory “Ebenezer”? Ebenezer means “stone of help”. This was a memorial stone erected by Samuel to mark where God helped Israel to defeat the Philistines.
I encourage the men to set up Ebenezer’s wherever they have a victory over sin. I explain to them that if they are driving down the road and have a temptation to pull into the store and buy some alcohol or to go by their drug dealers house to begin to pray and take the thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and if they have a victory over that temptation to get out and build an Ebenezer. Then the next time they are in that area they can drive by and see it and celebrate the victory.
In the second stanza of one of my favorite hymns “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” we read:
“Sorrowing I shall be in spirit, Till released from flesh and sin, Yet from what I do inherit, Here Thy praises I’ll begin; Here I raise my Ebenezer; Here by Thy great help I’ve come; And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.”
The writer of that hymn, Robert Robinson, had an understanding of that passage in 1 Samuel. Don't be surprised as you drive around town if you see Ebenezers erected.
Jesus is Lord, Tim Brown
Tim and Kit with the guys at the Faith Community Church Memorial Day Picnic.
Please pray for Shane and his family. They are going to be moving from California to Woodstock in the next few weeks. This will be a big move for them.
Please pray forPaulto continue to grow in his relationship with the Lord. I've been greatly encouraged these last few weeks with his growth.
Please also pray for Jonathan, he continues to bear fruits of repentance, pray that he would fully trust the Lord in the upcoming months as he transitions out in August.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
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