An analogy of the Holy Spirit was posed to the children of our church today; it went something like this:
A flashlight; it is composed of three parts, the light, the on/off switch and the batteries. The light is Jesus and he pours out of us for all the world to see. The switch is our free will, which God gave us, to accept or reject his gift of salvation. The batteries are the Holy Spirit, they are that part of the flashlight we can't see and it is he whom lives inside each believer, connecting our will with God's will and chases away the darkness which is sin.
The thing about batteries though is they die. That is what happens to a human soul, our spirit, when we don't continue to seek the LORD. Through study of his word and through prayer and meditation on his precepts and through fellowship with other believers, we are recharged, fresh and renewed. Let us keep shining brightly and leading others away from the darkness that causes stumbling. ☺
Being an addict means one uses a stimulant to push aside their true feelings. When we dislike what we can't or wont cope with from our past or our present we seek to make ourselves numb and unresponsive to our feelings. The addict needs to fill that void that nags and only the-choose your poison-will help.
Enter the Good News; accepting help even in the short term, opens up a a way of compensating for the deficiency or the void you feel. This help comes from none other than God. Through people, God manifests and reveals his presence, he gives others the necessary tools to help empathize with and strengthen each other.
And better still, eventually we will feel better about ourselves and those whom we relate with after surrendering from the dependency. What we can't conquer alone, he will give us the courage to seek help from others.
They will testiy to his strength, they are his conduits, his stars and certainly witnesses of hope leading to salvation from death.
The influence that each of us should be under, is the influence of love.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
To be abused by another holds two possible outcomes in ones life. The first being we assume the role of victim and we never realize our full potential to become what God has planned for us, and that is to prosper, perhaps not through financial gain, but most definitely through winning our freedom over sin and eventually over self doubt.
You my newly found friend, are now one of God's children, you are a princess through adoption by the Spirit, and as such we are Co-heirs to the throne of and the glory of God. This is far removed from your past. Now instead of being a victim, you have become the victor, and you are to pursue to the fullest extent the spoils that come along with winning. Pray in Jesus' name and receive his promise!
The small boy, who could not tread the water and upon realizing he was descending deeper into them, cried out for help. The man who heard the cry responded calmly and quickly; asking the boy to climb upon his back, they began to head towards the shore. The man, realizing he was struggling to keep sure footing, cried out to God to help him. At once, the man realized the parallels of their circumstance and he was encouraged by the revelation. Encouraged by this thought; an inward strength and focus of task developed. The results were not only in their reaching the solid ground of the shore safely, but more importantly, knowing their was a stronger and compassionate presence available to guide them both.