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What is your addiction?

When you think of the word, “addiction,” what words or phrases comes to mind? One could say captivity, chained, slavery, can’t live without.

Did you know that most Americans suffer from one or more addictions? Did you know that the majority of them don’t even know they’re addicted?

Sex, drugs, and alcohol are the usual culprits, but there are other addictions that exist such as gambling, shopping, food consumption, loved ones, and even sin. An addiction is the condition of being abnormally dependent on some habit.

There are three ways to get addicted: your flesh, your eyes, and your lifestyle. When Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days and nights in the wilderness, what do you think happened? In Matthew 4, Jesus was tempted to satisfy his hunger by turning the stones into bread (flesh). He was then tempted to throw himself down from a pinnacle of the temple, to prove that the angels watching him would catch him –keeping him from harm (eyes). Lastly, he was shown all of the kingdoms around the world he would inherit if he were to worship the devil (lifestyle).  Thankfully, Christ chose to stand firm, resist temptation, and follow the Lord thy God.

Addiction is a choice, but genetics may also have a role to play. We have to be mindful that moderation and temperance is the key to leading a Christian lifestyle.

The only addiction we ought to have is Jesus Christ. He gave us life, he sustains us, and it is only he who can free us from the things or people in our lives who have tried to keep us in bondage.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV

Today we ask, what is your addiction?

Here’s the link to the lesson on addiction in its entirety.

What’s In a Touch?

International Women’s Day of Prayer

Speaker: Eunice Senior-Baker, Northeastern Conference of SDA

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:40-48

As women, we must reclaim our responsibility as prayer warriors. We must pray for the church, pray for each other, pray for our young people, pray for those who don’t know the Lord. When women pray, great things happen.

One concern of the devil is to keep perople from praying. He doesn’t care about prayerless religion or prayerless work. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. So let us continue in prayer.

In Luke 40, we read the story of the ruler of a synagogue who came to Jesus, pleading for Him to heal his only daughter. Jesus never turns down someone’s cry for help. He was on an emergency call. So He headed to Jairus’ house. The crowd also followed Him. As He headed to the house to stand by the girl’s bedside, a women suffering from an issue of blood for 12 years snuck into the crowd and touched His garment.

We don’t know her name. She is referred to as the woman with an incurable issue of blood. She was so stigmatized that no one cared to learn her name. She was identified by her issue and not by the contributions she offered nor her value. She lived under the  Levitical laws, during which it was important for a woman to be identified by family or position in the community. Due to her issue, she was a social outcast for 12 years, excommunicated from the temple and synagogue, considered impure. She was divorced from her husband and abandoned by her family.

For 12 years she sought help and healing from physicians who were stumped. She suffered alone with this illness. She lost all hope and was in despair. She heard that Jesus was in town and had heard of all the miracles He had done. He cast out demons, made the lame to walk, the dumb to speak,  and calmed the seas. She knew that He was the great physician and the only one who could help her. This was her only chance she thought. So she made her way through the crowd thinking that she only had to touch the hem of His garment and that would be enough. It was now or never and she had nothing else to lose, because she had already lost everything.

In one touch, she concentrated all of her faith and instantly her illness gave place to good health. We must all touch Jesus for ourselves. Jesus recognized the touch and halted, turning to ask who touched Him. Jesus was surrounded by a crowd so any one of them could have touched Him, Peter thought. This touch was different and Jesus knew it, because He felt virtue leave Him. Jesus knows the difference between a touch of need from a touch of greed.

This woman was treated by the church and the people as nothing or nobody. Jesus sought the person who touched Him and fearfully she spoke up in fron of the many who had abandoned her in her time of need. Jesus, however, called her His daughter. She was somebody, the daughter of the Prince of Peace.

Jesus is never too pre-occupied to not recognize the cry, quest, and need of a single, solitary soul. There is a certain sensitivity which Jesus has towards the needs of each of us. No one is ever hidden from Him.

Why didn’t Jesus let the woman stay hidden? The Son of God knew who touched Him. That’s not why He asked the question. There’s a lesson behind it. If she remained hidden, the good of the action would fail her. She needed to know who healed her and not how or people would want Jesus’ clothes. Matthew 5:34 says, “And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Healing didn’t come from His clothes. She shouldn’t be misled. Touching Christ or His clothes didn’t bring healing, because there were many in the crowd who interacted with Him. They were also sick, but not healed. She couldn’t think that her touch could work a miracle. Jesus wanted to recognize her faith. Her touch was different, not a casual t ouch, but a conscious, deliberate, voluntary, dependent, saving, pre-meditated touch of faith.

Hers was a touch motivated by faith and faith always stop Jesus in His tracks. It gets His attention every time. God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. We must know the Savior, if we must experience personal salvation. We must not be satisfied with being a part of the crowd. We may be near Jesus in a thousand crowds and yet not once in contact with Him. We are too c omfortable with surrounding Him as a crowd, but never truly knowing Him, or purposefully touching Him.

Jesus loves you so much that He made a way for you to be saved. That is why He died for you.  He loves us too much to let us die. Jesus is still here for you. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The Patience of the Saints

Speaker: Elder Arnold Burton

Scripture Reading: Revelation 14:12

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12

We often experience pain in our lives and doubtfully ask questions regarding the presence of God. We find it difficult to comprehend that during our efforts towards the route of perfection comes so much imperfection. When the enemy sees that we make provisions and efforts to please the Father, he begins to make plans to attack us in any way possible.  Ephesians 6:12 states, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This spiritual warfare does in fact exist.  As humans we cannot control the power of evil spiritual forces, however, God’s power is able to do all things! We must remain in consistent communication with the omnipotent one, in order to resist and cast out spiritual wickedness. Only believing that He can do all things will not get the job done, because faith without works is dead! (James 2:17).

“The devil has placed a virus on this earth called sin and he wants to infect us all.” (Elder Arnold Burton) He wants to hinder us from receiving the gift of salvation that Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, has promised to those who truly love him.  But daily we must” study, pray, and testify”, building characters in Christ that will help us to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Eph. 6:11).Jesus has promised that those who endure and stand firm to the end will be saved and receive the crown of life. (Matt 24:13) The endurance may be painful, but “there is no pain or hurt that Jesus can’t feel.” The savior did it all with the help of the loving Father, and just life him, we too can overcome, for we are more than conquerors. 

The patience of the saints according to Revelations 14:12 states, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Those who endure to the end, who believe in God‘s word, in His laws, who act accordingly to righteousness of Christ, and who hold on to the faith of Jesus, which is the victory that overcomes this world, will inherit the kingdom!

Christ never promised that our Christian race wouldn’t be difficult, but he did promise that while we strive to make it to the finish line he would be our help and guide, and most importantly, that he would be waiting for us to complete the race. Although trials and tribulations that we face may seem as stumbling blocks, our all-knowing God has placed us in circumstances in our lives so that we may not learn to panic, but to endure, progress, and prevail. Though we endure, we must first finish the race. We will not earn the trophy of eternal life if our mission is not accomplished.

 “If you are faithful, what Jesus has done for you will make you say that Heaven is cheap enough! No matter how difficult your situation is right now, you must not and you cannot let go of this great faith!”