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Biblical Authority - Decisions To Be Made

 Editor    Aug 14 : 00:18
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What in the world, does the bible's authority have to do with recovery from chemical dependency?

Biblical AuthorityWhat in the world, does the bible's authority have to do with recovery from chemical dependency? Well - in the world at large, probably, nothing. Many people in this world, react to the bible in the same way, a horror movie, vampire reacts to garlic or the cross, "Aaaaargh Away from me!" Shamefully, there are those in the chucrh, whose reactions are similar, when confronted with the word of God. Why? What makes the bible something to be feared?Loathed? Ducked and denounced? The answer (I believe) is : IT'S AUTHORITY!

Think about it. If something, or someone, doesn't have authority over you - you ignore it! You certainly don't give it much credence in your life, do you? You want an example? Think about the times your parents left you in charge of your siblings, you being several years older than they. How the havoc broke out! They opted for T.V,. instead of homework, playtime instead of bedtime and fighttime instead of bedtime. Can't relate? How about the Substitue Teacher, ( oh, what a blessing that was! ) It was like a short circuit of all good sense. Even the goody goods became class clowns. Oh, for you folk politic, does the term Lame Duck President sound familiar? You see? When authority comes in the room, rides down the street, opens the door, or takes office....the jig is up! Now, decisions have to be made: To be or not to be..? To do or not to do? To see or not see? That decision process is what authority is all about, Do I take the red light , with that police car sitting across the street? Do I continue to watch that porn movie, when my wife, my boss, my brothers or sisters, in Christ, are knocking on the door? Who's in charge, anyway? Me or them? Shouldn't I be able to choose, whether I can use or not? After all, it's my life right? ( Those were the questions that sent my life spiralling out of control with sex and drugs. I thought, that because I answered, 'Yes'. to these questions, I was prepareed to act on them - I was my own authority! How foolish! It's sort've like that saying, Anyone who hires himself, as a lawyer, has a fool for a client! The bible is the decision maker for all mankind, whether you acknowledge it or not. Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

Decision making becomes much easier, as a Christian. Why? For Christians, the bible is the highest authority! The word of God is living and active...it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) You see! The hard decisions are made easier by letting God make them for you!

As an addict, I don't like decisions being made for me unless they're in my favor. I don't like to be told what to do, either. I like wiggle room, to opt out of my commitments. The bible doesn't allow wiggle room. You don't get by. You don't get over. You just get on or get off. In or out! Most people don't like that. Can't accept it. It's a hard teaching even for Christians! Here's an example, Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except, that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Wow! As an addict, I need to hear clear affirnations like this! No wiggle room! Obey or pay. Consequences.
So, for your consideration, what do you think? God won't mind me:
● attributing my recovery to someone or thing other than Jesus Christ.(Acts 4:8-12 )
● believing I can use and still get to heaven (Psalm 107:10-16)
● believing abstinance is the same as totally recovering the life He gave me. (Col.1:28-29 ).
● believing that there is any authority that can unseat, override, or replace His.(Mt.28:18-20 ) Sorry, HIS IS THE LAST WORD!!

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