When I think of something working from the inside-out, my mind turns to a microwave oven! I know – weird, huh? Hang in there with me, I’m making a point.
Those little micro waves begin cooking in the center of whatever is in there. Just as a microwave heats your coffee or cooks your bacon… God works on us! Now you feel like a cup of coffee or a strip of bacon, don’t you? LOL! I doubt that God sees you that way. Nah… pretty sure He doesn’t.
God begins His work with His precious Holy Spirit – in the center of our being – our hearts and minds. Renewal begins to take place. We love the things that God loves and hate the things He hates. We have to be careful to never hate people – but behaviors we can definitely hate and refuse to participate in.
Because the enemy of our soul is still working in our world – it’s possible to slip and fall. Even those who belong to God are to some degree vulnerable. Actually, it seems the more you are trying to work for the Lord, the more that ol’ devil whispers in your ear – and remember – he copies everything that God does. He’s a copy-catter! He will do anything to get you off-balance.
God wants us to thrive in this life. He wants us to lean on Him and learn His ways. Remember when Nancy Reagan said, “Just Say No” – in her one woman drug campaign? I was a young teen at the time and thought, “she didn’t go far enough. You can’t just say no to drugs – you have to turn and say yes to Jesus!”
There was a time when the 12-step program was centered around a faith and trust in God. I think they tell you a “higher power” can be anything now – but it was originally all about God. Lean on God instead of your addiction. I’ve been through OA twice. The second time, the leader explained the “higher power” as anything you place higher than yourself. I wasn’t diggin’ on that, but I wasn’t the leader, so held my tongue. I did – and yeah, it took a miracle.
Maybe your higher power is your cat… but the only HIGHER POWER that you can always depend on to come through for you is Jesus Christ! He will be by your side when temptations arise.
Let Jesus have your heart, soul, and mind… let Him help you form some new habits – replacing your unhealthy and self-destructive habits. 🙂