Making decisions can be extremely hard, especially when your prayers for direction have silent answers. In those moments, is it possible we have everything inside of us to make that decision, including God's own counselor, the Holy Spirit? But are we still waiting for God's approval? Let these words sink in before you answer.
There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.
Now for a moment, let's assume that all of us have been saved, and have the presence of that Spirit in us, Do we dare to follow those words because God has already planted what we need inside us, or do we continually look for the approval of others before we move on it? To Do Or Not To Do becomes a dilemma, because it requires not only faith in an almighty God, it requires confidence in our instincts, ourselves and our plan, and the courage to execute it.
When your background is addiction which instincts are the right ones, even if you have surrendered to Jesus? The confidence may waver because we are not sure which one of us in charge, the old us or the new, transformed us? Are we thinking with our heart or our soul? This is a true contradiction that exists within us because we want to do good (Paul - Romans), but when a few of our decisions made in a sober state turn out wrong, we wonder, doubt tends to creep in.
The old Glenn defied logic, upset his plans, which often seemed scary to others and complicated life. But every time I have stepped out in some shape or form for this ATB Ministry, the logic, the complications, the craziness all came together because it was God's plan, which is normally not conventional by human standards. The difference is obvious - my plan fails - his plan works - and it is all inside every one of us when we feel like that prayer hasn't been answered.
If we have planted the seeds of knowledge of the scripture, of that intimate relationship with the Lord, then wisdom will grow (Proverbs) within us that will allow us to process good from evil, good plan from bad plan. And the To Do Or Not To Do comes down to the rich words of the serenity prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
If we quit banging our heads against that proverbial wall we cannot change, we will often see an open door right next to it that only requires us to have the courage to walk through it.......Selah!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.