"The Promise Fulfilled" ~ Part Five ~

Choices

I am a firm believer in the existence of Heaven and Hell. I actually believe that there are two types of hell. The one on earth that we create for our own selves by the lifestyle choices that we personally make, and the real one to come for those who die having rejected Jesus Christ for who He is, the Son of God and Savior of the world's people who choose to believe in Him..


Whether the motivation for the choices we each make be for good or for evil? As they mount up throughout the entirety of our lives they are either right ones motivated by love and goodwill, or ones we choose to make despite the harm it will cause ourselves or another. I believe that there are no middle grounds or “grey areas” in life…black is black and white is white just as right is good and wrong is evil. God is the decider of which is which and it is clearly stated in His Word which is which. We either choose to act righteously, using Christ as our God-given example OR we make a deliberate choice to reject Christ and all that He stands for by making unrighteous choices. The latter, God says in His Word, are sin, and sin separates us from Almighty God.


As addicts it was never our fantasy, rather it was never my fantasy, dream or goal to grow up to become an alcoholic or addict of any kind. It was never "our" vision of a future life in which we would be so driven by a “source” within us which caused us to create for ourselves heartache and pain. Not for ourselves, nor for those we were blessed enough to have in our lives who loved us.

Personally speaking, I began merely “experimenting” with them, with drugs, because I desired some type of relief from my reality at home. If it hadn’t been for observing at 12 or 13 what I did with my girlfriend’s boyfriend, I’m sure it would have eventually been something else. Not because I wanted to ruin my life, I just simply wanted to escape my own personal reality for a “little while”. Her boyfriend’s huffing glue at her house that day and the way he acted while under it’s influence….I don’t know.... kind of zoned out and happy like? Well I believe I must have made up my mind then and there to investigate this matter of “getting high” and to experience it for myself .


Suddenly, and without any warnings like they issue today concerning drugs, I discovered that I had reached the point of no return. At least not until about thirty six years later, and that realization came about because of Jesus and not "me". When I said the point of no return I meant that the choice I made that day became the first of many speed bumps on a long, painful and arduous journey. A ride down the fast-lane which was to wreak havoc in my own life, and in the lives and hearts of all those who cared about me.. A “life” that became filled with helplessness, hopelessness, pain and fear. All of these emotions and more ruled me because of a lack of any real knowledge about the Savior that came so that people like me - like you too - could be set free from the power of sin that Satan seemed to, at the time, hold the only keys to in my own life.


But what I am today though, is a gratefully redeemed and set free soul who once spent a lifetime in bondage's to drugs, alcohol and men. I was that 100th sheep that Jesus left the other 99 to go in search of. I was that prodigal daughter God welcomed Home so joyously. As He will you too, if you choose Him. May I ask you, do YOU know Christ Jesus, the only Savior and the only way to God the Father today? If not I invite you to get to know Him who so loves you.


Many of the memories which I hope to share with you came from new journals I was encouraged to write later on as I sought help to deal with the things I had done in the name of the almighty “high”. You see, so much of my memory, even now, is chopped up into bits and pieces like some spliced together film resulting in my memories consisting of odd sequences of events, people, and places. Snatches of “flashbacks”, as it were, in the rear view mirror that was my “life”.


Many memories I am sure I will experience difficulty with as today I cannot imagine that I did some of the things that I did indeed do. It’s kind of like looking into a hazy, contorted mirror in which the reflection of that tormented soul is that of an unknown stranger instead of me.


Forgive me, my inexperience at this writing business is really showing. I get ahead of myself once again.

I just had the most amazing and remarkable memory! When I was still bound by my addictions to cocaine, and crack cocaine, which was the worst for me? I had already begun fighting them as best as “I” myself could once I had discovered that drugs was the idol in my life. Which meant that I was in truth worshiping a false “god” of which Satan was the root source of through the avenue of my flesh.

The memory that I recalled was one of lying on the sofa at my Mom's home and my mind was working away at me. I might have been praying, though I am unsure about that part of the memory. What I am sure of is that I kept wondering HOW I was ever going to conquer this substance that literally possessed me when all of a sudden and as clear as a bell came these words into my mind: “The Victory has already been WON.” Now I wasn’t hearing “voices” but the Truth, Jesus had already won the war I was fighting the battles of.

Today of course, I know exactly where that came from. And I now need to - on a daily basis - live IN that assurance in each and every aspect of my life. You know, remembering to act in the Victory that Christ has already won for me, for you too, through His crucifixion over 2,000 years ago. Those words made a difference in my life after I realized some time later exactly what those words meant, and they still do today as I choose to live in them.

I’ve also come to the realization that on the Day of Judgment of man there will be no “victims” standing there before His Throne. For God in His unmerited mercy and grace has done everything but live our individual lives for us in order to save us from eternal separation from Him in hell. No matter how much He loves us, and I assure you that He does love you, He will not force Himself upon any of us despite the fact that He loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son that whomsoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” {John 3:16}

God has for thousands of years sent to us prophets in the Old Testament who prophesied events that would take place in the end-times as a result of mankind’s avarice and pride. Our arrogance and envy as well, much of what is like that which Satan as the serpent in the Garden used so craftily to beguile Eve with as she stood next to the only tree in the Garden of Eden to which God had forbidden she and Adam to partake of for their own good. (Sounds a lot like how He does with us) That tree was the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. God told Adam that of all the other trees that were there they could eat of for their nourishment.

Here, let me share His words with you:

"Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” {Genesis 2:15-17}

And what did Eve do as soon as the devil appealed to her sense of pride and through her lust as her eyes hungered after that fruit on the tree in which Satan, disguised in the body of a serpent, was coiled? As she believed the words of him she did not know, instead of the God whom she did know, she ate it! Here are the scriptures in which this story is told for us.

Continuing in Genesis Chapter 3 :1-21}

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “ From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “ Where are you?” He said, “ I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”

This is the very first case of “passing the buck” in human history, and not taking personal accountability for our choices and the consequences of them which culminate from our actions. What happened next is also important, as every word which proceeds out the mouth of God is written for our instruction and admonition in every problem we will ever encounter in our day to day lives…..

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “ The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The Lord God said to the serpent, “ Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat all the days of your life; And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; (JESUS) He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (JESUS)

To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; cursed is the ground because of you; In toil (labor) you will eat of it all the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; for you are dust, And to dust you shall return. Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”

(This is the first time that a blood sacrifice had to be made for the reconciliation of committed sins against God. Disobedience is sin. Partial obedience too, is sin. It was the life's blood of the sacrifice of the animal God slew with which Adam and Eve were covered with in their newly awakened state to their nakedness. I don't mean that they were literally covered with the blood, but spiritually. The blood brought their forgiveness. All of the animal sacrifices until the one Perfect Sacrifice, Jesus, were a type of the Lamb of God who was to come as the only suitable sacrifice for mankind's sins forever. It is only though Christ that it is possible for us to be reconciled to God.)

more to come......

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whomtheSonsetFree 3 years ago from USA Author

You are welcome Rayne 123.


Rayne123 3 years ago

I figured that, I had a good reason of my own for asking.

Yes the Lord shows his completion, his assignments done here on earth with certain numbers , his divine number is seven, the others are 3, 2, 4, and 8 all mean complete. Well the number 2 actually donates a division of one slain an one free. The number 8 is a new beginning.

These are the biblical numbers I see in my daily life all the time. Which is why I asked

thank you

Laurie


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whomtheSonsetFree 3 years ago from USA Author

Thank you. And I chose the number 7 because it is the number of the Lord's for completion. And the word forgiveness in it of course is how, through Jesus, we are forgiven.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Great hub

This may sound like a strange question, and to me its a sign again,,but what made you choose the 7's

Thank you for this hub

Laurie

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