You Can Break the Cycle (1)

You Can Break the Cycle (1)
Sunday, 14 June 2015 01:13
‘…Who sinned, this man or his parents…?’
John 9:2 NKJV
‘His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who
sinned, this man or his parents, that he was
born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this
man nor his par-ents sinned, but that the
works of God should be revealed in
him.”’ (John 9:2–3 NKJV). When someone is
trapped in a self–destructive habit, we
sometimes say it’s genetic: ‘It runs in the
family.’ Yet psychiatrists tell us 90% of those
who abuse others were first abused
themselves; they are simply ‘acting out’ what
was done to them. Some say if alcoholism
and addiction run in your family, you’ve got
an ‘addictive gene’, meaning you’re at much
greater risk if you pick up a drink or a drug.
But you’ll notice Jesus didn’t get into the
whole ‘nurture vs nature’ debate. In essence,
He said, ‘This is just an opportunity for God
to demonstrate His love and grace by setting
this man free.’ So your problem may be too
big for you, but it’s not too big for God. It’s
actually a platform for Him to demonstrate His
grace in your life. ‘Therefore if any person is
[ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new
creation (a new creature altogether); the old
[previous moral and spiritual condition] has
passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has
come!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP) God doesn’t
consult your past in order to determine your
future. Before you met Jesus, you were
spiritually dead. That’s why He said, ‘…you
must be born from above…’ (John 3:3 CEV)
From that point forward, the past no longer
has any power over you (except the power
you give it). So you can break the cycle.
SoulFood: Josh 1, Ps 27:11-14, 2 Tim 2:1-13
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and
Debby Gass and published under licence from
UCB International Copyright © 2015

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