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

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sick As Our Secrets

Ezekiel 8:12
The the LORD said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the leaders of Israel are doing with their idols in dark rooms? They are saying, ' The LORD does not see us. He has deserted our land!'"

There's an old adage in A.A.----"You're only as sick as your secrets."
In other words, the things that we try to hide are the very things that affect us the most.
Transparency and rigorous honesty have to be the rule of the day for anyone who desires to move beyond their addiction. Secrets are the very fuel that drives the addiction machine.


We convince ourselves that our secrets are different. We truly believe that the things we hide and our desire to use are totally separate from each other, when in fact they are joined at the hip.  I am amazed at the power that sin has over those who are living outside relationship with Christ. Sin clouds our thinking. Convinces us that we are in control. Tell us that we are very much capable of running our own lives. Never mind that evidence reveals that all we've done is to run our lives into the ditch. Not only that, but once in the ditch we keep our foot on the accelerator trying to move forward. 

The idea of hiding from God is one of the most misguided thoughts a human mind could ever conceive. "God can't see what I'm doing. I'll hide under the cover of darkness to carry out my sin desires."  So we use a lie to justify our actions. We tell one lie. Then we have to tell another to cover up that secret. Pretty soon we're stacking lies like cord-wood, only to discover that we've lost track of them all. We can't tell what is truth and what it is we've lied about. Like I said at the beginning....we are only as sick as our secrets. IF that be the case then we're only as healthy as our honesty and transparency. 

Think on this today...
God on you...

mbb

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