Let me set the stage for this - are you ready?
Jesus is preaching in a synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth. He spoke from the ancient scrolls on a prophecy from Isaiah. He said that today he was fulfilling that prophecy - in other words he was the Messiah that was predicted that would save his people.
They didn't believe him and asked that "isn't this the son of that common carpenter?" Then he added more fuel to their fire by challenging them by referring to a couple of prophets who had preceded him. So enraged, they pushed him toward the edge of the hill their city was built on intending to push him off that cliff and kill him.
Now think about this for a minute, especially you with situational issues. What is trying to push you off a cliff? Maybe addiction, possibly a relationship, or loneliness, or indebtedness, or maybe life itself. Then ask yourself what has the power to reverse this situation. And don't just believe one of our sermons or classes - read THE book. Don't take our word or some incredible story we have for it, look to HIM to see what he actually did.
They backed him up against the cliff and then - "He walked right through the crowd and went on his way." An angry mob pushing against him and yet somehow he stopped them in their tracks and walked away unscathed as if parting the Red Sea. Only a power as great as his could do this, and also do that. That which is our problem
Jesus can take us right through it but we must tap into his power not our own. What looks impossible to us is entirely possible for him. But to experience his absolute power to transform we sometimes have to get to the edge of being pushed off a cliff to realize it.
Cowabunga. Hallelujah, Loudest cheers - problem solved - let him take us right through it. Thou preparest a table in the midst of my enemies!
Won't he do it?
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 email@example.com.