Wednesday, September 16, 2009

real possibilities

One of the things I have heard for years goes something like this ... until you admit you have a problem, you can't get help.  Do you believe that?  Oh, so true it is.  God placed in life with lots of choices and with responsibility.  I'm sure if you are any thing like me that you wish that some of the consequences and issues we have had to deal with would just go away.  But they won't.  We have to get real.

Yet once we get real about our issues, God opens the door for real possibilities.  Did you hear that?  God wants to give you healing.  He wants to help with relationships.  He wants to get through the financial struggles.  He wants to give us hope when there seems to be little to no hope around.

But it all begins with being real.  Get honest.  Tell God and tell others where you are hurting, where you come up short and where you need help.

I have been talking about the fact that God made us for relationships.  I shared earlier this week that God intends for us to connect with Him and to connect with other people.  Not easy.  But life is richer and fuller and more.  Think about that.  Connecting with God guarantees there is help when we need help.  It also offers us life.  Connecting with people offers us support, encouragement and even shared life as we let others into our world.  We have to get real to have real possibilities.

John 10:10 (nlt)
The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

1 John 1:9 (nlt)
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Listening to Dino Rizzo's message yesterday about marriage from the I Have a Friend Who ... series brought lots of this to my attention.  It is not until I admit I have a need that I can get help with my marriage. Honestly, it has not been until Julie and I have gotten real with each other than our marriage has moved to the next level and even healed some of the hurt that we have experienced through life over the years.

One of our core values at The Community Fellowship is AUTHENTICITY.  That is what getting real is.  Boy, I want to tell you that when we get real with each other it often hurts.  But most of the time it is helps to bring some good stuff and good days our way.  In our small group this past week studying 40 Days of Love Rick Warren made the comment that one of the reasons we are reluctant to help people in need and who are in pain is because of the pain that it will reveal in our own lives.  That is big truth.

It is time to get honest, to get real.  When we do we will experience real possibilities!!!

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