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Daniel 3:23-25 NKJV: "And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
The Bible tells us that “the devil is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Women in recovery seem to have a special target on their back. Over the past few weeks we have watched a few of our ladies get devastating news on top of devastating news. Things that would break the best of us, let alone someone in recovery trying to learn to navigate life in a new way; Ladies that are babies in Christ and are still growing.
Watching lives be changed through Christ makes the enemy very uncomfortable and his goal is to send them back to the street, turning to drugs. But what a blessing that comes out of it when we see these ladies continue to grow despite the attacks of the devil. We have watched them grow in their faith, trusting God more than ever before. Just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, they know that Jesus is standing in the fire with them and they will come out of the fire not even smelling like smoke! God has turned their circumstances into an even greater testimony.
What fiery furnace are you facing today? Are you trusting Jesus to stand in the flames with you?
After finishing a message on the saving grace of Jesus, a little girl put up her hand. “You’re just telling us stuff we already know,” she said. That was an interesting comment, so it had to be pursued and tested.
“Well, then,” the response came. “If you were to die tonight and God asked you why He should let you into Heaven, what would you say to Him?”
Without any hesitation the little girl answered, “I’d tell God I’ve been a good girl.”
The rest of the session was spent trying to explain that no one could behave so well that they make it into heaven. Only through belief in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross can you get into Heaven. The Gospel must be explained in an understandable way over and over. That is our part. The acceptance of the Gospel and all that goes with it, is up to the Holy Spirit. You can count on children hearing about Jesus when they come to Kid’s Club!
David has been in our men's recovery program for seven months. He had been sober for fifteen years and then, his wife was diagnosed with cancer. They were raising a family together, were active in their church. Her sickness came as a shock to them. Life for David quickly became supporting his wife through her sickness and cancer treatments. A few months later, his wife passed.
“That was mostly what drove me back into my addictions.” He confessed that he was angry at God and he couldn’t make sense of his wife’s death. When David came to the end of himself, he went into detox and came into our program. During a chapel service, he noticed that the hymnals were from the church he and his wife attended. He broke down when he considered that his wife had likely handled one of the hymnals at the Mission.
One of David’s favorite verses is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He will be graduating this summer and moving into a sober-living house. He plans to go back to work and eventually start a Christian addiction recovery ministry.
“My son gave me one of the best Father’s Day gifts. He told me he was thinking of going back to church!”
Please pray for David to remain steadfast in his faith, for wisdom regarding his future plans and for his relationship with his son to keep growing.