Strengthened By Chrst

Posted: February 18, 2013 in God's Love, Gods Grace, Short Stories about GOD, Thankfulness, Uncategorized
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Strengthened By Christ

Galatians 6:14  May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (8) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, (9) not by works, so that no one can boast (10) For we are Gods workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

I was sitting here this morning trying to think of a poem to write when it dawned on me that it is the morning of my first wedding anniversary. My wife, Mary and I are fairly simple when it comes to special dates like this, plus we don’t have a lot of money to by gifts. So we settled down to a nice quite dinner together at one of our favorite restaurants this past weekend. God pulled a fast one, so to speak of, on me and decided for me what I was going to be doing on my wedding anniversary night, and come to think of it, it is a wonderful gift to give my wife. I get the Blessed opportunity to give my life’s testimony at a Celebrate Recovery meeting at the church I am a member of.

Both of these opportunities could of never happened if it weren’t for Gods grace. Why a Celebrate Recovery meeting, is because God delivered me out of a 30+ year addiction to drugs. Oh CR is not just for alcohol or drugs, we recover from life’s habits and hang ups like codependency, pornography, food issues, things that get in the way of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Why my testimony? To show other people who struggle that Christ is at work in my live, how He redeemed me, and to show how God has never left me. It is a message of Hope to others. Plus I recently celebrated one year of clean time off drugs, now I’m work to recover from food issues and codependency and other hang ups. Why do this on the night of my anniversary, 1 to obey God, 2 to share with my wife my recovery and to show my willingness and desire to share how Christ has not just changed me, how He has changed my heart and as He changed my heart my hearts desires are changing as well.

Philippians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. None of this could or would be possible if it weren’t for Christ, the Cross, and His Resurrection. God did what no man could ever do and I believe He provided Grace. Christ being our grace, obeyed His father to death on the cross and was raised to life to be seated at the right hand of His father. Without the resurrection we would be just like any other religion in this world that has a dead god. Our God is not dead, He was raised and is alive today and is our every strength. When I put my dependence in Christ I am not only able to move mountains, He strengthens me to climb the mountains that He has me climb. I’ve been told and heard it said that what I’ve been called to by God, He has prepared the way in advance. All I have to do is have faith in Christ and put my trust in Him.

I want to dedicated this post to my wife Mary, how thankful I am that God has united us together and given us the strength and courage to never give up on each other. I LOVE YOU with all my heart.

IN Christ

Bart

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 and 2012

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  1. Ron Graham says:

    Bart, amen! If I keep my life yielded to the Lord, I can do all the things he has plan for me. Now that is the reality of living in joy, peace and purpose in this fallen world. Praise our Lord for ever for his great love for us! May our lives bring glory to His name.

  2. Lori Lara says:

    Bart, first of all, Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. Life holds such promise…

    Secondly, as your recovery sister, I’m so happy you shared your testimony. When I was trapped in my 20 year addiction (s) and PTSD I really didn’t think there was a way out. I’d hear about people being healed from addiction, but mine grew bigger each day. Year after year, discouragement took a deeper hold and I struggled alone against my powerful enemy. Finally, at the brink of ending my own life, Jesus walked into my life and rescued me. It is the testimony of what Jesus has done for us that helps set our brothers and sisters free. I could never have broken free on my own. The sad and beautiful truth is we were never meant to do this life alone.

    We know what it means to be trapped, and we also know the freedom that comes only through Christ. He miraculously delivered me from decades of struggle. In a moment with him, his love set me free. I hope and pray your testimony reaches many, many, many others who need to hear the life-saving truth of what you’ve found. Jesus.

    Blessings to you,
    Lori (formerly Jumpingonclouds.com)

    • adopted80 says:

      Lori, thank you for the beautiful words of encouragement. You know like me that only freed people can helpset people free. It is only through Christ we are set free.

      bart

    • adopted80 says:

      Lori, thank you for the beautiful words of encouragement. You know like me that only freed people can helpset people free. It is only through Christ we are set free.

      bart

  3. Bart and Mary congatulations!! It is a great and wonderful Lord we have and we know that He is always with us. (This reminds me of the hymn Jesus On The Mainline Tell Him What You Want) . I stand firmly on ‘ask and you shall recieve’ and I can see that He is working in your lives more and more. god Bless you both my dear family in Christ.

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