We both had all the “stuff” the world tells us you need to be happy. He had a beautiful wife, 2 incredible kids, a great job, supportive parents, beautiful house…
But we were both empty, lost, searching without Jesus (its a void that we all have that can ONLY be filled with HIM) so many of us get confused & try to fill it with other things: promotions, people, relationships, money, alcohol, drugs, medication... (to numb the pain of not knowing what that pain is) - but the answer is Jesus & there is no substitute…
I’m not suggesting that depression isn’t real, because it can be very real. But I don't believe it can ever be managed until we at least have the truth and love of Jesus to move forward in that healing. I trust & believe that we can be healed of all of our addictions: Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
I was able to find truth and love when my brother made me go to church & God spoke to my heart through Dana after the crash. - My brother was not.
Brick refused to grab the lifeline that reached out to him from the cross.
He couldn't recognize Jesus as the answer to heal him.
My brother just died of liver failure from alcohol abuse in March, 2017 at the young age of 45.
He did finally see the truth of Gods love for him on his death bed. I believe he did invite Jesus into his heart because he had peace when there was no reason for it other than Jesus.
Brick is a great example of “better late than never” … and yes… that is an option - we can wait until our death bed to accept Jesus and go to heaven….
But were told in Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy”
I don't know about you - but waiting till our death bed to finally get it & invite Him in to our heart doesn’t seem like we are spending our lives living in His Joy… with His strength & help that He wants to give us.
Now, I know I don't have all the answers, But there are a few things that I know that I know that I know….
Jesus doesn't force himself on us & we can't force Him on anyone else. It's a personal choice for each & every one of us.
God gave us the choice… it's laid out so clearly in Deuteronomy 30:19: “He set before us life & death, blessings & curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
My brother & I are a living example of this verse. I don't know why I chose to invite Jesus into my heart during my life while my brother didn’t. But I saw the results of both of these choices. Brick & I were headed down the same path of destruction.
It feels like I was given a brand new life when Jesus overwhelmed my heart and blessed me with peace, freedom and love like I had never known before.
We each have that offer made to us, what will you choose?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Seek God, His wisdom, pray… God loves you!!! He has a good plan for your life, but it's up to you if you choose to invite Him into your heart & let Him help you make better choices. No one can force you to do that, not even Jesus will force you… You have free will - He loves you!!! No matter what you’ve done, no matter what you may be doing right now - You can't out sin God’s grace! Romans 5:8 “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
IF you would like to make this decision, it's as simple as confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart - that's all it takes to become "saved". Then seek some Godly friends and a good church, to help direct you on a healthier path.
Father God, I love you, Jesus I need you. I believe you died on the cross for me and are now alive in Heaven. I know that I’m a sinner. I ask you to forgive me. YOU have paid for my sins Jesus & I receive you into my life. Take me just the way I am & help me become what you created me to be. I believe my sins have been forgiven & I believe I’ve been saved. In Jesus Name, Amen.