Are You Ready For Change

Here is a short excerpt of my next teaching at Celebrate Recovery about being ready to change…

Listen very carefully to what Jesus says in Matthew 12:43-45 “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

 The day I humbled myself before God—and surrendered my life to Him—and telling Him that day—God, I will do anything you want me to do as long as I know it is you–God started a miraculous healing work in my life but it was up to me to choose what I was going to replace my defects with.

 I spent a lot of time researching porn sites—when God took that desire away I spent a lot of time researching what the word of God had to say.

 I spent a lot of time in bars drinking my pain away—when God took the desire to drink away—I spent a lot of time in church, with men’s groups, prayer groups, and recovery groups.

 I spent a lot of time with unhealthy people that were not Christians—when I became a Christian, I sought Christian friends—to be specific—I sought Christian men who could be my friends, my accountability partners, mentors, and sponsors.

I fellowshipped with “Me Too” Christ-followers who were moving in the same direction I was going.

 I found that I had a lot more time on my hands and I filled that time by serving in my church, getting involved in various ministries and that is when God called me to ministry.

 I never set out to be a pastor, to work in a church, but when I replaced my defects, my addictions, my obsessions with the word of God, walking with the Spirit of God, and fellowshipping with the people of God—I experienced transformation from the inside out.

 So when the spirit who got evicted out of this house regrouped with 7 others spirits more powerful than itself to try and come and live in my house—they were met with a “NO VACANCY” sign that said this house is occupied and the guest of honor has taken a lifetime lease and if you want to move back in—you gotta deal Him who is greater than you, defeated you on a cross, and will kick you and your seven friends devil butt’s straight back to hell if you ever ring this doorbell again because greater is He that lives in me than he that lives in the world!!!

I personally believe that this scripture explains why so many Christians struggle and fall back into their old lifestyles.

 It is our responsibility to replace what God forgives, and sets us free from with something positive and godly to fill that void.

 Moving from drugs to cigarettes is not victory…it is another drug addiction. Moving from alcohol to overeating is not victory…it is another addiction.

Friends…the goal is to be changed into a new person, with new and right desires, with a new nature, a new mind, a new heart, a new creation!

The goal is not sobriety in one area of your life but in all areas of your life, and not just for a season…for a lifetime.

Be Blessed and Encouraged

Bill Rieser

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