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Don’t be Deceived by What you Perceive!

The article below is one I wrote and put in two of my other blogs.  For those of you who don’t follow me on those blogs, here it is…

Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information, or the environment.

The above is the definition of  the word, ‘perception‘.  What we eachperceive as being the truth is, to us, the truth.  There’s a glitch here, though. You may be colorblind and I’m not.  I may try as hard as I can to convince you that my favorite flowers are the beautiful red, crimson and pink ones (in the top photo below); however,  you are insisting that you only see yellow, blue, lavender, green and white ones (bottom photo reflecting someone who is clinically colorblind).  Who’s correct?  Think about it.  I am seeing the colors as I perceive them, but so are you!  So, to me, I’m 100% correct in describing the colors; however, you’re 100% correct as well – even though we are both seeing the same beautiful garden in different colors.

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So, what does any of this have to do with addiction recovery?

Perception has everything to do with addiction recovery!  What you perceive as truth is your truth. Let me give you another example.  We each use different mental processes when we formulate impressions of other people. As a matter of fact, many of us regret making snap judgments about someone who later turns out to become a close friend. Our first impressions are based upon our past personal interactions and our own personal traits.  Someone who you perceive as being evil may be perceived by someone else as being a kind and caring person.  Again, who’s right?  This perceptive behavior is what brings friends together; however, it also brings about those hellish clicks of people who we all love to hate.  So, getting back to recovery, we all have different perceptions of what happens in the various addiction recovery program, as well as preconceived notions about whether or not these programs work.  Our perceptions come from the media’s opinions,  the seductive ads we see on TV for expensive rehabs, the success or failure of friends and family, and what we have read online and in newspapers or books.  Our own worst enemy can beour personal perception that is based on all of these sources combined, which may or may not be factual.

How does a person decide what’s real and what could be a false perception?

Have you ever heard of, ‘just the facts ma’am’?  We need to gather the facts – without the bias of our preconceived perceptions.  Consider other possibilities.  Evaluate the success or failure of a program.  Weigh your options. See what the statistics are.  Consider going out of the box when it’s not looking too good.  Make the decision that you perceive will be the best for you. Consider God, who is the Creator and Master of all things; is there anything impossible for Him to do for you?

As a final word, I come back to the title of this post:

Don’t be deceived by what you perceive.


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I Believe! Do You?

Faith is a big deal with the Lord.  With God and faith, the Bible says all things are possible.  The Bible says that we need to come to Him with a child’s faith.  You know how kids will believe anything you tell them?  We have to be the same.  It’s blind faith – the type of faith reserved only for God.

Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He Is, and that He Is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6

I love to recall the day, on March 22, 2007, when I was on a gurney in the ER, waiting to be transferred to another hospital for emergency intervention in the cardiac care unit and then, if I were to survive, to be detoxed.  I was experiencing a massive accidental overdose and not expected to survive.  My liver was failing… my kidneys were almost completely shut down… and my heart was beating very irregularly as it pounded in my chest.  My potassium level bottomed out completely so that my heartbeats couldn’t be supported.  I never felt sicker; I don’t think anyone could feel worse than I did back on that day. With all this going on, for a few hours I felt really scared, alone and hopeless.  I figured I would just wait it out until my death.  Then, it happened!  It was a pivotal moment!. I heard a newborn baby crying as he or she was entering this world for the very first time.  This new little life was being born just a few feet away from me.  Usually, when a life comes in, another one goes out; however, this time it wasn’t going to be me who was going out.  Jesus let me know, at that very moment, that I would defy all odds… that He would allow me to live through all of this… that my miracle was on it’s way.  So, instead of waiting to die, I waited to live.  This was the same Jesus who I betrayed by my drug addiction.  His love for me (and all of you) is so great… so unconditional… so righteous… so pure… that He never gives up on us!  Who do you know like that?  As long as you still have love in your heart for Him, and the desire to do your life His way, He won’t ever leave you.

The rest of my story is found in the first several posts on this blog, so I won’t repeat it.  My point is that whether it’s the total healing of addiction, or anything else, God will do it – according to your faith.  In His hometown of Nazareth, He could do not healing because no one would believe that He was the Messiah.  They saw Him only as Joseph’s Son, so they figured there was no way the He was the Christ!  Once Jesus traveled around to neighboring towns, it became a completely different story; EVERYONE was healed, delivered from demonic possession (mental illnesses) and many were even raised from the dead.  Since the Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”, do you not know that He will heal you?

My ongoing impossible dream is to have an IV infusion of faith… one that I can insert in a vein and run it through so that I can give them the faith to believe.  YOU have to find a way to receive and keep your own faith.  It comes with getting the Word of God into your heart and mind by reading your Bible daily and fellowshipping with true born again believers. Above that, PRAISE HIM!  “He inhabits the praises of His people”.

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f you need a faith infusion in your addiction recovery, CLICK HERE.  Jesus doesn’t make you count days, He makes your days count!  He’ll never make you do (12) steps, you only need to follow in His steps.  He causes recovery to end in you being fully recovered without a lifetime of struggle.

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What Can You Say to the Newly Recovered Former Substance Abuser?

Words hold power – to do either good or evil.  When you deliver bad words, life takes a turn for the worse.  When you speak good words, beautiful life changing events happen.  The recovered former substance abuser is extra sensitive during their first year, when the brain is re-setting itself to normal. When you love that person, you need to provide encouragement, forgiveness and a source of hope for them.  No, you’re not responsible for winning or losing in their recovery; however, you ARE responsible for respecting their humanity and showing them that you forgive them.  They need to feel your unconditional love, without placating them or giving them false hopes.  It’s a balance of things that need to work together to help them in a therapeutic and humane way.  We teach that at Victory Retreat Montana online.

The people the recovered former substance abuser comes home to are an integral part in that person’s completed recovery. Through your words to them, along with their observation of your lifestyle that back those words, they learn trust, love, compassion, balance, life skills and hope.  You need to know what ingredients to add that will make the recovery meal super delicious.  In a way it’s like a child learning what they live.  The vulnerable newly recovered former substance abuser is also like a child who need to re-learn life, just as a child does.

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For you newly recovered love one, NEVER…

  • Never call them an ‘addict’; that was then and not now; they are humans like anyone else
  • Never become hostile; hostility breeds rage and resentment
  • Never speak to them in the negative, such as saying things like, ‘don’t’, ‘you’re not’, ‘never’, ‘I prohibit you from’, ‘you can’t’, etc.  All of those negative words cause behaviors that are opposite to what you are demanding.  When you tell someone, ‘don’t, they ‘do’.
  • Never speak words that will dredge up their past. The past is over and done.  No one should ever be defined by their past.
  • Never correct in a negative manner.
  • Never use words of condemnation.
  • Never react in anger.
  • Never cause them to feel invisible; that’s abusive.

For your newly recovered loved one, ALWAYS…

  • Always speak truth in words and in deeds… and follow through with your promises.
  • Always pray for and with your loved one at least once daily and each time a crisis comes up.
  • Always be a source of encouragement. There is always something to respond with encouragement about.
  • Always be there to listen – without judgement.
  • Show unconditional love always.
  • Find something to compliment about your loved one.
  • Deliver words that bring change.
  • Offer words, on a daily basis (or more), that tells them how much they matter.
  • Ask them if they would like to talk about their plans and encourage them.
  • Tell them, in word and in deed, that you are proud of them.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
Proverbs 18:21

 

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Do You Understand?

We’re in a war.  Addiction is the killer that wants to destroy you.  It’s rampant.  It’s insidious. It’s even promoted and enabled by doctors who you thought you could trust.  It seeks anyone it can.  It overpowers the  young and old, rich and poor, professionals and the uneducated, men and women, children, those in mansions and those who are homeless.  Anyone with breath are it’s victims.  Blink your eyes and it’s already gotten hold of you.

  • For you who are married to a substance abuser, do you understand how and why this happened, and that you can help?
  • For you, parents, do you understand how your child ended up in an addiction, and what you can do about it?
  • For those of you who depend so deeply on a doctor for all of your problems, can you even begin to comprehend the reason why your pain is getting worse and why your health is failing?
  • To you kids, I’m so sorry your parents are using drugs and have seemingly abandoned you and your needs; do you want to know more?
  • To all of you who have a loved one whose personality has radically changed: do you want to know how to tell if it’s because of drugs or alcohol?
  • Are you or your loved one sleeping all the time and you can’t figure out why?
  • Are you, or a loved one, emotionally out of control and being given all of these psychiatric diagnoses that require medications that are making it worse?  Do you want to know why?
  • Have you, or a loved one, become unmotivated and apathetic about work, life and your family?  Want to understand why this could be?
  • Are your prescription drugs for pain, anxiety and depression making you worse, but you’ve convinced yourself that your doctor is always right and would never harm you, so you keep taking them anyway?
  • Does there seem as though there is a dark cloud over you that won’t leave you alone?

stop 9Most people just don’t understand anything about addiction.  Unfortunately, there is a very real stigma associated with it. Many are in denial about it.  Others make a loved one worse because they don’t know anything about enabling.  Some don’t recognize the signs of addiction until they find their loved one blue and dead from an overdose one morning.  There are those who are so lost in an addiction that they can no longer help themselves, so they need to be rescued.  There are enablers out there who think that feeding their loved one will keep them from using again or that, without giving money, they will end up on the streets and die.

Addiction affects EVERYONE!  You either are in an addiction or you have a friend or loved one who is.  You may know someone who overdosed and died.  We need to work together to STOP & PREVENT addition.  Most of all, we need to eliminate the stigma associated with it.  The answer and the solution is God… Jesus Christ.  Laugh at me… mock me… tell me I need to get a life; however, I’m right!  Our ministry in addiction and recovery has proven I’m right.  The Lord saved my life from certain death in 2007 and healed me.  I have never struggled.  My addiction is in my past and does not affect my life in any way except for the good.  I appreciate and love each day because I’m free.  I never take my freedom and healing for granted.  Our ministry works with people to recovery and, soon, we will have an faith based, NON-12 Step healing drug & alcohol rehab up and running here in Montana.

When the current rehab system isn’t working, and more people are dying at a higher rate than ever, continuing in the same way is insanity, isn’t it?  Why do what isn’t working over and over again.  We came up with something miraculously different!  People actually get healed and have new lives.  No one has to do ‘steps’ for the rest of their lives!  That, in itself is bondage.  We get people out of bondage and into freedom.

If you want to have a talk, we’re here for you.  Just go to our contact page and reach out to us.  We just may be able to help.  The talk is FREE.

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Is Your Loved One Coming Home to His or Her Past, or Will it be their Present and Future?

One of the reasons why we work with families, is because addiction is a family problem that has a family solution.  Without knowing it, family members can destroy someone’s recovery process by refusing to see them as a new person.  Typically, spouses, children, parents and others close to the recovering person, will constantly make mention of what that person once was and the bad things they did – not acknowledging their courage and strength during their brave fight to be delivered from the ugly, dark and demonic claws of addiction.

When people graduate from Victory Retreat Montana’s virtual recovery program, the family is well coached on how to welcome their loved one back into their lives and their homes.  The graduate is also prepared to overcome any obstacles that may present themselves upon their return home.  Most rehabs don’t do this.  They send the graduate of their program back into their former life, with all the problems they left there.  No one knows how to communicate, much less provide the necessary encouragement and recovery tools to fuel their loved one in a positive direction.

Are you a new graduate?  Need faith based Recovery?  Looking for answers? Are you the family of a loved one who suffered in an addiction and don’t know what to do or where to turn?  Please contact us below, or go to Victory Retreat Montana and learn more of what we do and how we can help.

 

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How Does the Family Heal from a Loved One’s Addiction?

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Some families heal, while other don’t.  Some marriages repair, others break up. It’s kind of like the situation that exists between a couple who lose their child to death.  The unthinkable death of a child, almost always, breaks up a marriage.  This is due to blame, guilt and shame that is not dealt with. The fact remains that addiction takes hostages, so ALL have to be freed.

Don’t rehab programs deal with the entire family?

Unfortunately, most don’t; however, WE DO!  Typically, the newly detoxed and rehabbed person comes home – proud and happy that they are finally free.  Unfortunately, if they have been rehabbed with the 12 Steps groups, they come home without much hope for their future.  Those groups tell them the lie that they are diseased and will suffer relapses.  So, those people come home waiting come down with a fake relapse that causes them to use again.  Sadly, when the brain is brainwashed into believing such lies, it will cause that person to be automatically set up to use again.

Under healthy circumstances, when the rehabbed person isn’t brainwashed by disease theorists, the initial scene they walk into is one where everyone is happy to be reunited with them, so a big dinner is shared… possibly even a little celebration.  Then, soon after, the anger, the fear, the waiting for the ax to fall, the suspicion, the loss of trust, the not knowing how to act, and questions as to ‘what now’ arise.  So, there’s a HUGE problem when the family isn’t integrated into the healing process of recovery – together. Addiction is not the problem of just one individual – it is a problem of the entire family unit.  The person who just left their addition behind has radically changed from the user he or she once was, but rarely do they get praise or credit for what they have accomplished.  More often, they are continually treated as the addicted person they once were.  No one understands that person any longer and that person doesn’t know how to do life now.  Each one involved needs to be coached on how to re-engage themselves with each other and what to do as the first year of healing phases unfold.  There is a toolbox needed for married couples, kids, and the family as a unit.  We have that toolbox where many rehabs do not think it’s even necessary.

I tend to promote what we do and how we do it because our way of recovery is unique and works!  When you can help people gain self worth and get rid of guilt and shame, they can begin the healing process.  They transform into that stunningly beautiful and unique butterfly God wants them to be.  butterflies-2

So, assuming you, or your loved one, needs to choose a way to rehab, please contact us about it.  Talking to us is free and you really need to check out all of your options before deciding on something this important.  You can either go to our contact page on this site, in the contact form below, or you can go to VictoryRetreatMontana.com and find us there.  Trust me, we’re not going to do a pushy sales job on you.  We’re not like that.  We will answer your questions and explain what we do and how we do it.  Then, it rests in your hands to say yes or no.

 

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The Psalm for the Addicted

This Psalm, Psalm 31, is one for the addicted person to read and own.  It was categorized as such by Rev David Wilkerson who went to be with the Lord.  He was (and still is) my hero and mentor. As a matter of fact, I became a certified Teen Challenge PSNC teacher in my recovery ministry because of him, his anointed wisdom from God and his solid teachings about addiction and the cure.

If you’re hurting, this one’s for YOU!

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Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord.

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God.

My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.

Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.


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Words + Action = Change

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What differentiates us from the animal kingdom is the fact that we can communicate through words.  We can make our desires know, we can teach others, we can designate our choices, we are able to reply yes and no, we can give directions so that others don’t get lost, and we can create power by our words.

What happens if we don’t use words? 

  • Without words no one has a clue as to your intentions or thoughts.
  • Without words, you build a wall between yourself and everyone else – including and especially those you claim to love.
  • Without words, you cannot achieve.
  • Without words, you appear hopeless, useless and hateful.
  • Without words, who can know us?
  • Without words, you end up living life between your ears only.
  • Without words, you ‘say’ to everyone, I don’t care about you, anyone else or anything.
  • Without words, you cannot live our faith, so we prepare ourselves for a very real Hell in eternity.  Think about the great commission- “preach the Gospel”. That requires words.
  • Without words, you tell God that He doesn’t matter, because you can’t trust Him to supply the words you need to say.
  • Without words, no one can know you or trust you.
  • Without words, you lie – by omission – and your truths are left unknown.
  • Without words, you render yourself powerless over addiction and life.
  • Without words, you are forever being misunderstood by everyone.

What happens if we use words, but don’t take those words to action?

  • Without action immediately following your words, you are a liar.
  • Without action immediately following your words, you are a hypocrite.
  • Without action immediately following your words, you are deceptive.
  • Without action immediately following your words, others learn never to trust you .
  • Without action immediately following your words, you are rendered useless.
  • Without action immediately following your words, you are not who you say you are.
  • Without action immediately following your words, you bring evil, hatred and quarrels.
  • Without words, you end up in Hell because God commands us to speak.  Who, of all our Bible heroes remained silent?
  • Without action immediately following your words, you are unable to do God’s will.
  • Without action immediately following your words, you place yourself in harm’s way.
  • Without action immediately following your words, you subject yourself to bullying.

So, what does all of this have to do with Addiction?

Words that propel you into action have everything to do with addiction because…

  • you cannot CHANGE without the commitment of words followed by action.
  • you remain in your addiction or keep finding it impossible to heal.
  • you are a liar and cannot transform into who Christ created you to be.
  • you define yourself as  a nobody and will fail every time, whether it be in healing,  marriage, school or work.
  • you can be addicted to silence and apathy – both a recipe for addiction.
  • you can never process your thoughts, which leads to confusion.

Change, resulting from words, with action behind those words, is what reflects that you have a balanced mind.  A balanced mind is what God undeniably gives you when you come to Jesus. Your mind is what proves you are a child of the Living God.

“For God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of Power, and of Love, and of a SOUND MIND. “

If you have no words, or your words are always filled with emptiness, you will not be able to get past your addiction.  On the other hand, once you come to Jesus, He gives you words, He propels you into action, and you change yourself and change others; you may even change the world!  The very beginning of healing begins with your words. What’s the answer?  Receive Jesus.


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If… Then!

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Wouldn’t you absolutely love to be able to say, I never have to worry about addiction again… it’s over and done… that was all in my past Well, I’m here to tell you that you absolutely can!  I have been able to declare this and have never had one moment of craving or considering going back to those dark days.  I can also tell you, with 100% certainty, that you also will never ever have to deal with disease, depression, despair or poverty either.  That’s a pretty bold statement you say? Well, it’s in the Bible; I couldn’t make this up.  Below this post, are God’s Words about blessings and curses.  There are many, many other verses that support this; however, I’m not here to re-print the Word of God, so I ask you to please do your own research.  After you have read, studied and researched, then – and only then – you decide.

For now, stay with me and try to trust me.  Please understand that I am not one of those name it and claim it apostate believers; neither am I one of those ridiculous prosperity people.  I am simply a child of God and take the Bible literally – just as God intended me to do. It is a very literal Holy Book.

A little background…

The world says that addiction is a disease from which will stem multiple relapses.  The TRUTH is that addiction being a disease is a theory devised by the two people that started the 12 Steps. They were both constantly going back to their addictions and had to figure out why.  So, they theorized that they had some disease that caused them to constantly relapsed.  By the way, they both died due to their addictions.  The world bought it!  It sounded good to the professionals and professional institutions treating addiction because it meant lots of money.  For those addicted, it was comfy because it gave them the excuse to keep using.  This is all a blatant LIE from the pit of Hell, which means it’s fake.  Addiction, spoken of in the Bible as rebellion – or sin – is fixable.   It’s fixable by receiving Jesus Christ, confessing this sin, and living for Him in all things and in all ways.  This is why I say, Yahweh (the True Name of God – in 3 Persons) is an If… then God.  IF we follow Him, THEN we are blessed in health, daily needs and safety.  Addiction is included in the forgiveness of sin and total healing.  Read your Bible and find out about His Majesty… His Forgiveness… His Love… His Mercy… and His Healing!

On earth as it is in Heaven is reflective of the fact that we can entertain some logic in the Lord’s Words.  Here, I’m talking about the ‘if… then’ principle. Transfer the conditions to which you would reward your children.  Do you or would you reward your kids for good behavior or bad behavior?  Do you or would you reward them for being rebellious or for being observant of your house rules.  Now, take that in the heavenly places with our God.  He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

HIS BLESSINGS FOR OBEDIENCE:

And it shall come to pass, IF thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, IF thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, IF thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.
And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.
And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
The Lord shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; IF that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

THE CURSES FOR DISOBEDIENCE
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.
Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.
Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand.
The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
The Lord shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee.
Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:
And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.
And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:
So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.
The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,
And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.
If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, The Lord Thy God;
Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the Lord thy God.
And it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:
And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.


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Have You Asked Yourself, “Who Am I”?

Most of what I have written, to date, has been about my personal exodus out of addiction.  I’m as far from being a narcissist as anyone could be; however,  I just wanted you to know that complete healing is possible.  I am asking you to stand on the Word of God with me that says, “with God, ALL things are possible”. From today, and going forward, my posts will be directed to YOU and trying to help you discover who you are!  When Jesus spared my life after my near death, I promised Him that I would show others the same Holy Road that He took me on.  I care about your freedom and I want to lead you to the place where I am – a place where you will never have to fear addiction ever again; it’s the way Jesus taught me.  Once you arrive, you’ll just KNOW that getting free from addiction will never be a decision that you will make again.  You will never be hostage to anything again.

Addiction freedom is a destination to which I can give you the directions. I cannot put you there unless you follow them yourself. You’re going to have to walk there – barefoot.  Sometimes you even have to pull glass and rocks out of the bottom of your. BUT… the joy upon arrival is unspeakably spectacular and everlasting.  You’ll never have to walk that road again!

Now, back to the question.  Have you ever asked yourself, who am I?  Maybe you did and maybe you didn’t; but, if you have, have you been able to truthfully and knowingly answer that question?  Perhaps you’re struggling with it.  One of the common threads that exist within people enslaved by addiction is that they don’t know who they are and why they’re here, which leads them into feeling useless and hopeless.  Despair is the #1 cause of addiction. 

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10

You see, your Heavenly Father created you with a purpose for which He chose only you to accomplish during your time here on earth. Never choose to be a slave of your past!  Do not let it own you.  The Lord knows you’ve been through an abusive childhood… that you’ve been bullied… that you’ave been abuses by your spouse… that you’ve suffered a horrific life in the foster care system… that you’ve been molested and raped by someone you trusted… that you’ve had to grow up in a broken home… that you’ve suffered the unthinkable  separation from someone who meant everything to you – through their death… that you’ve been through a teen pregnancy… that you’ve been somehow involved in sex slavery… that you’ve been into witchcraft… that you have involved yourself in criminal activities… that you’ve been in prison… that you have been through the torture of the death of your child… that you have had an abortion, or taken part in abortion procedures… that your mind keeps focusing on your nightmarish regrets… and other things that this broken world may have done to you.  I’m here to tell you that all of these nightmares have contributed to who you are, your endurance, and the strength you have.  After all, you’re alive and reading this, aren’t you?  For the past 11 years, I have been able to use the nightmares I’ve been through to mentor, coach and counsel others in the recovery ministry God gave me.  In many things, I can say I’ve been there, done that, and I’m still here and better than ever!

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1 Peter 4:12,13

So, who are you? If you don’t know, ask yourself, who do I want to be?  That is a very transforming moment.  “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Those thoughts of who you want to be, come from the Lord.  He will feed your purpose into your  spirit and the transformation will begin.  Don’t know how to take it from there?  Specialized coaching can help.  Sound spooky or crazy?  Well, the Bible is a supernatural book; it’s ALIVE!

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:17,18

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One of my favorite songs’ lyrics, by Casting Crowns, is below.  Enjoy!

                     Who Am I
Who am I, that the lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?
Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours
Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?
Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours
Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are
I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still you hear me when I’m calling
Lord, you catch me when I’m falling
And you’ve told me who I am
I am yours
I am yours
I am yours
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear?
‘Cause I am yours
I am yours
Songwriters: John Mark Hall
(Who Am I lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Essential Music Publishing, Capitol Christian Music Group)