I once had a "not so happy" woman come up to me and declare with no small amount of intensity, "Frank Friedmann! You are a controller!"
To which I replied, "Yes maam, but you know what the difference is between us? I am willing to admit it!"
We ALL struggle with control issues.
We want to control our circumstances, control our kids, control our spouse, control our congregation, and control the pastor. Control! Control! Control!... but dig deeper!
Why? Why do we want to control?
Because the desire (need) to control is deeply rooted in the lie that ALL of us were birthed into with the help of our brother Adam, that "we shall be as God". By the way, that is why we struggle with wanting to know it all, cannot admit that we do not know all, find it difficult to admit we are wrong, feel the need to be strong, and have this crazy thought that we are supposed to be the source of life for others.
God is all those things. He knows all things, He is everywhere,
He is all things to people, He is strong, and HE IS IN CONTROL!
We are not because we are not God.
Herein lies the glory... we were never designed to be strong, or have it all together, or know all things, or be in control. We were created to be dependent on the One Who is all those things and offers to be all that He is to us in the moment of faith!
I do not believe there is a man alive who really comprehends how "BLITZED" we were by the lie of the garden and how it continues to effect all of us as we "labor to rest" in the finished work of Christ.
So, let's move further on in the journey and begin admitting the truth...
... that all of us are "recovering god's"
... that all of us struggle with control issues
... that all of us think we know more than we know
... that all of us find it hard to embrace and live in our weakness
... that ours is really a "vision problem"
... that we see ourselves as bigger than we really are
... that we see God as a lot smaller than He really is
Let's start running the church like an A.A. meeting!!!
"Hello, I am Frank and I am a recovering god wannabe"
And all the other "recovering god's" say: "Hello Frank"
AWESOME!!! Now we can take off the fig leaves, that were never designed for us in the first place, put on the righteousness of Christ, and start being who we really are... weak and frail people who have an opportunity to live FROM a REALLY BIG GOD WHO is crazy in love with them. WOW!!!
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