Well, when I lead these prayer times I also ask what they thought about the sermon (application of our Pastor's sermon is critical to me), then how their week is going and then if they have had a God-incident. You know, those times daily when we encounter God. I encourage them to pray every day to encounter God whether is a beautiful sunset to a rockin song that puts you in a place of worship to time with someone, sharing your faith.
Well last night was no different than the other prayer times. God is amazing to all of us. He brings together each week who needs to be there. One person in particular is a guy name Mike. Mike, for as long as I have known him struggles with drug addiction. He does well for a couple of weeks and then falls back into it. But what is the weird thing is he is always at church, Sunday mornings and Wed nights, at Celebrate Recovery and Bible study. He is trying, trying to beat the one thing that is trying to kill him. Last night he shared with our prayer team a book written by the former band member of Korn, Brian Welch named Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn. I looked at the book and it’s pretty in your face. On the back cover it said something pretty convicting for me. It said, two things lived inside me, one is evil and one is good. Which one is going to win? The one you feed.
I was like, uggg. The one you feed. So I ask you, which one are you feeding? If you have trouble with forgiving someone, do you just feed these emotions or forgive because you were and move on? What about other emotions, pain from our past, people who have hurt us or we have hurt, unresolved anger? What about food addictions, drugs, more stuff? What about working all the time, not spending time with family and friends? What about....
I don't want to feed the thing that wants to steal me, kill and destroy me. So I need to stop feeding it.
A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.