Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Doing The Right Thing In The Right Way

Psalm 119:1-3
Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.

Jesus will save you......
Jesus will empower you through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit...
The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth...
But you have to be willing to become responsible for learning to hear his instructions.
You have to be willing to carry out what you hear God saying.

There's no mystery to this new life...
God will never tell you to use...
He will never instruct you to drink...get drunk...or anything associated with the old lifestyle. Just isn't going to happen.
So what's the rub?
Well, for starters, getting "ME" out of the way.

I have to put into practice a form of discipline in my daily routine. To do such is called "being responsible". Not something we've been good at in the past.

The old lifestyle is one that is best defined as "Chaotic". We lived in a swirl of emotion and drama. One bad choice only lead to destruction on some level. In order to clean up the mess, we made other bad choices. Pretty soon they piled up so high that we just quit trying to clean up the mess. Our goal for the day was to simply not "feel" anything. To escape. To run away. To split. Such only magnified the chaos.

That is why we needed a POWER greater than ourselves who could restore us to sanity. Sanity being the ability to make sound decisions and then carry though with them. When we begin to move in this fashion, we are becoming responsible. We are putting into place, and into practice the discipline that will carry us through the day. 

(The following is from the LIFE RECOVERY BIBLE)
Responsibility will result in SECURITY:
This is one of the most obvious results of our experiencing life recovery. We have not only made restitution, we have also begun to act responsibly in all areas of our lives. Responsibility is living up the our part of life, not blaming or expecting someone else to make up for our lack. We experience a genuine sense of security when we are doing our part----living responsibly in our everyday lives.

One thing we use to teach at Rapha was "Jesus will save your soul, but he won't keep you sober." That comes from discipline and a focus to be responsible. Think on these things.

God on you...


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