In my last article "Control Freak: Take Responsibility for Your Own Life" I asserted there were four areas that a person could control their lives. One of these areas I spent far too little time on. It is my intention to more fully address this now. The areas mentioned were physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The area I want to now discuss is the spiritual.
Our spiritual wellbeing directly effects every other area of our lives. It has been proven over and over how patients have been miraculously cured by their faith in God. We know of many circumstances where individuals have overcome great odds as a result of their deep spiritual beliefs.
The Bible is the oldest collection of writings known to man. I once heard it argued that the Aesop's Tales were written before early Bible manuscripts. In one of the tales there is a story of a man who must go see the old wise man who survived a great flood. Therefore, it was concluded that the Biblical manuscript was derived from the Aesop's Tales rather than the other way around. However, upon closer scrutiny it can clearly be seen the manuscript predated the Tales. Nor was it considered the possibility that the Tales was derived from a true story that was a secular side of the true story of the flood.
Much has been done to discredit the Bible. One thing will never be able to dismantle the spirit of truth and might of the word of God. Experience. Everyone can say they have lived through something, but I have come to the conclusion that experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.
This may sound somewhat profound and I wish I could say I came up with it. Actually a very good friend of mine who was also my supervisor in another job helped me to come to this understanding. When you think about it the obvious comes through. If we do not learn from what happens to us then we are bound to repeat our mistakes and fail to repeat our successes.
When I was first brought face to face with the option of accepting Christ as my personal savior I was totally oblivious to how life really worked. The power of God cannot be bought, bargained, or otherwise bartered. However, God met me where I was and allowed me to test if his truth was real. I was addicted to drugs and found myself about to either go to prison or, at the very least be dishonorably discharged from the military service. I was at my end. I had no idea what to do.
A friend of mine, who turned out to be more than a friend, told me about Jesus. I gave the idea much thought and decided to pray. I prayed to God that if he was real to get me out of the trouble I was in and then I would serve him. If he is not real or true to his word then I would remain in my problems and either go to prison or be dishonorably discharged. To truly put God to the test I reasoned that if he is real then I would tell the truth when questioned and he would still prove to be real.
The next day I had a sum of drugs on me and to make it worse I was stoned as usual. An officer approached me to inquire if I had drugs on me. I told him quite frankly that I did. He became furious and lectured me on respect and then marched off. The sergeant with him asked if they were going to search me while they walked off. I could hear the reply that I was lying and needed a good discipline, which never happened.
Wow I thought. I should have been searched right there on the spot, arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to prison. It never happened. God was proving himself to be real. There were numerous other occasions with the same results. I received an honorable discharge and was able to go on with my life with a clean record.
This presented a new problem. I now knew God is real. Now I had to decide if I was going to serve him because I made a deal or because he deserved my love and devotion. I now knew I had to reevaluate my life and my beliefs.
On one Wednesday night in March of 1977 I gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ. I did this as a decision out of true desire to do the right thing, true devotion, and honest desire. Immediately the addiction to drugs was gone. Within six months I no longer smoked cigarettes. I was smoking two and a half packs a day as a chain smoker and soon it was gone. Why? Because I knew in my heart it was wrong for me to do.
What am I saying? I am not saying to be a Christian you have to do this or not do that. I am saying that for me, in my heart, the Holy Spirit convicted me of these things. Was I no longer a sinner? Of course I still had sin in my life, but now it is a journey to continue to grow and become a better man.
God is real. He has allowed me to go through many trials. Almost all of them, I am sure, are due to my own stubbornness and failure to see the sin that had to stop or the failure to stop the sin I knew I was doing. As a man I have so much that I do wrong, but I know I am forgiven. You cannot come to God except through Jesus Christ. You must believe with your heart and confess with your mouth. It is written in Romans 10:9. Romans 3:23 says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our lord.
Test to see if God is real before you lose your chance to find true peace and happiness.
Author of Death of a Green Soldier
Life Lessons from Sir Isaac Newton
by Michael Wright
Dec 13, 2013
It has been proven over and over that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Think about car accidents: it seems drivers are always trying to prove this theory false. Sometimes the result of testing this theory is very traumatic and sometimes it's almost comical. Sadly, too many times it ends tragically.
A short story by Michael Wright: Lost in Teen - Part 1 of 4
Dec 4, 2013
After putting his books back in his locker, Mark found his way to the exit doors where Jeff and Matt were waiting for him. They walked quietly from school to Jeff's house. It was good to feel the warmth of the sun on them this unusually warm fall day. The color of the leaves was growing bright. This made it more enjoyable to all of them as they walked through the historic small town.
Why Your Teenager Doesn't Respect You - And what you can do to fix it
Dec 1, 2013
When we go to the doctor's office, we inevitably hear the words, "This may hurt a little." You are about to read some things may hurt a little, but I'm hopeful that like a tetanus shot, it will hurt initially and leave you better off in the end.
Michael Wright is a resident of Albuquerque, N.M. After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Michael Wright earned his master's degree in Secondary Counseling and worked with troubled teens for more than 20 years.
He has recently published a 374 page book called Death of a Green Soldier which was released on June 20th. All proceeds from the sales of Death of a Green Soldier will go toward a missionary mission to the Philippines.