For eight months of my life I sat in an adult rehabilitation center in Dallas, Texas. It was the lowest point of my entire life. Alone, no one to lean on, surrounded by 132 other men who were addicts as well, we will all trying to get free. It did not matter what the addiction was, addictions are devastating. They destroy everything and everyone around us. The person with an addiction is self-center, self-absorbing, self-loathing, self-destroying and 99.9% of the time they never take the blame for the problems they have. I didn’t.
The rehab center I was in was a good center, but honestly it is geared more to “works” deliverance instead of allowing the Spirit of God to come in and take full control of a person’s life. I in no way mean that as being critical of the center, it is simply an honest observation from a person who has walked the path. Works cannot free any of us from strongholds in our lives. And believe me, we all have them. They may not be as open as some, but we all wrestle with things internally than none of us are happy with. I did for years, but religion had brainwashed me to believe that if I came clean I no longer would be allowed to be used by God or even anointed by the Spirit of God any more. I swallowed that lie, “hook, line and sinker”. Today I guard my eye-gates and ear-gates very much. I know that only by the grace of God I am what I am and where I am. And, I also know that if God can pick me up out of a hog-pen and clean me up and use me, then He can use anyone no matter what religion says.
Now, let me pull back the covers for a moment and let you in on a secret. Just like I spent 8 months in a rehab center dealing with an addiction, when I came clean before God and started down a different path, unbeknown to me I entered into the spiritual rehab center of the Holy Spirit where He started dealing with things in my life to get me clean before the Father. You are there as well. Yet, we are among a great company of both men and women who have gone before us. For example,the apostle Paul writing to the church at Rome, confesses in one particular session, “In fact, I don't understand why I act the way I do. I don't do what I know is right. I do the things I hate”.(Romans 7:15 Contemporary English Version) So,hey, don’t be too hard on yourself.
I’m not certain that the spiritual rehab center of the Holy Spirit is not much more difficult than the “works” rehab center I once was part of. I have learned over time that if the core of the addiction is not dealt with, and the root severed, then eventually an individual will return to their former life. But, if the Spirit of God is given freedom to sever the root and brings His light into hidden recesses of the heart, darkness cannot stay where light comes to abide. John, the disciple in the 4th gospel puts it this way, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”(John 1:5 English Standard Version)
What got me to thinking this way today was something I read early this morning before heading back home to Corsicana. After spending the night in Amarillo, I came across the words of a chorus that is being sung in various parts of the body of Christ. The words are simply, “Set this generation apart for You,Let me be a part of what You’re doing,I want to stand in purity and righteousness,Set this generation on fire Lord I will burn, I will burn for You”.
This is a generation who understands fully that they are in spiritual rehab. It is an ongoing process. We are working out our salvation on a daily basis. Do we mess up? Duh! Do we still deal with anger issues, lust issues, and pride issues? Do we often need an attitude adjustment? Does the enemy often get us trapped with things we should have known better than to do? Of course. Do any of those things disqualify us from being used by God? NO!Not at all. He is still working on us all and will continue to do so until we stand glorified in His presence. So, I challenge you, be part of this last day generation that will be used mightily by the Holy Spirit. Stand in purity, live in His righteousness, let the Holy Spirit set you on fire, for this is our finest hour!!!!!!!!!!