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Overcomers: The Next Right Choice

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live – Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

Recovery groups (like Overcomers) have lots of sayings and clichés, but you know what, most of them are actually true and that’s why they become clichés. My favourite one is “Make the next right choice.”

 A lot of people, Christian or otherwise might argue whether or not we actually have real free choice, but the simple fact that we are commanded to choose by God indicates that God thinks we have a free choice, and personally I’ll go with God’s opinion on this one. And knowing that God actually respects us enough to allow us a completely free choice humbles me because I  realize how much nobility and respect God has imbued on us.

And so this free choice is beautiful, but it also opens us up to being able to make bad choices. And if we’ve made a lot of bad choices, especially where we have an addiction or destructive habit, it can feel overwhelming trying to get out of it. The first thought is usually, “How can I  go the rest of my life without _____ (porn, drugs, relationships, etc)?” Most people feel so overwhelmed that they usually don’t even make an attempt. But what they miss is that they don’t have to go the rest of their lives without, they just have to go one day.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

All we have to do is live one day at a time, today. But even today, all we are responsible for is the next right choice. And Jesus teaches us to choose well through grace.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. – Titus 2:11-14

So make simple good choices and even if you’ve made a wrong choice, still make the next one a right one.

It is absolutely freeing to know that we are only responsible for one choice at a time, that God wants us to make good choices, and He helps us do just that.

 

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Overcomers: Breaking the Addiction Cycle

Overcomers in Christ is pleased to bring you a presentation called, “Breaking the Addiction Cycle”.

This presentation explains how people can get trapped in a cycle of addiction or destructive habits, and how to break that cycle and begin a cycle of recovery. This teaching can be a great help for anyone struggling with an addiction or destructive habit, or their family and friends to help them understand how to help them more effectively.

Please enjoy the presentation below, and feel free to share it with people who might benefit.

 

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Overcomers in Christ: Moving in the Right Direction

I first went to Overcomers in Christ a few years ago because I had nowhere else to go.  I had hit rock bottom.   My wife had left me.   I had no real friends or meaningful relationships with anyone, including God.  I had nowhere else to turn.

As a person I am far from perfect.  I have had a life-long struggle with pornography and a negative self image, among other things.  Because of this I had been ineffective in working for God’s kingdom here on earth because I doubted I was capable or worthy of doing anything.  I doubted that I was even a Christian.  I doubted that God could love someone like me.

One thing I have noticed about the people of Overcomers is that they have an incredible awareness of God’s love and grace.  And it shows: they exhibit God’s love in a way I had never before known or experienced.  They know they are far from perfect, they freely admit it, and they know that only God’s grace can save them.  There is nothing they can do to save themselves.  In Overcomers you learn that God wants us to change for the better, and that He (and only He) can help us do that.  You learn that willpower means your will and His power.  Overcomers is a place where God loves you through other people.

Overcomers is a place for anyone who wants to change but doesn’t know how to.  You learn that no matter what you habits are, no matter what behaviours you are engaged in, God loves you.   He wants to change you to become more like His Son.  He wants to help you change and He will if you let Him.  Overcomers is a place where God helps you to change.

This may sound scary to you. It did to me at first.  I had to step out of my comfort zone.  I had to get real; first with myself, and then with other people.  I had to admit my hurts, habits and hang-ups.  I had to face them.  I had to forgive them.  And I had to forget them. It hasn’t been easy: nothing worth doing in life ever is.  But the people in Overcomers support me and help me to do this.  They love and accept me as I am.  They support me and encourage me and help me to grow and change to be more like Jesus Christ.  I’m still far short of being the man God wants me to be but at least now, for the first time, I am moving in the right direction and making steady progress.  Overcomers is a place where you learn to rest in God’s forgiveness, grace and love.  You learn that He covers all things with His goodness, and that He makes a way when you’ve messed up the way.

No matter where you are at or how many times you may have tried and failed in the past to change, I encourage you to give Overcomers a try.  Many of us fall or stray at some point in our walk.  That doesn’t make you a failure.  You’re only a failure if you quit trying.  So, give Overcomers a try.   I did, and my life will never be the same.  Thank God.

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Overcomers in Christ: God spoke to her through her pain

(story told on this lady’s behalf)

Sometimes in life we are overcome with dread.

She was going along in life her happy self, had a career, got married, had a kid (adorable little one 9 yrs). Then something dreadful happened to her right on mother’s day.

C.S. Lewis said this, “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

That mother’s day, through the pain in her life, and the pain caused by her alcoholism, God spoke to her very loudly, like through that megaphone. And at the same time, God spoke to her that through His suffering, His blood, He gave up his only son, was tortured on the cross He died to save us from our sinful selves!

She also heard Him say, “Be still and know that I am God!”

She has now been sober for over a year, and Overcomers in Christ has been a part of her recovery. And for that she expresses her thankfulness.

Yours, o lord is the greatness, the power and the glory and the victory and majesty. For all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours, yours is the kingdom, o Lord and you are exalted as head over all. – 1 chronicles 29:11

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