May 25, 2016

What it means to be a Child of God

Child of God - 100PedalsThis morning I was thinking of my son, out on the street with nothing but an empty wallet, the clothes on his back, the shoes on his feet, and running. While I pray that he discover a way to move towards those opportunities that could save him, unfortunately he is running away from them.

In yesterday morning’s prayer group, one of the participants shared powerful wisdom and insight regarding my child’s struggle. It is not his addiction, the impending threat of prison, or how he views his circumstances that are getting in his way. In reality, he has not embraced or discovered what it means to be a child of God. He is still looking at his situation as his problem; his fears are his reality and his belief that they are bigger than his ability to deal with them has become his truth.

Once he realizes how big his Father God is and discovers how to give it all to Him, his life will change dramatically. No addiction is bigger than God. No problem, no issue, no situation, no challenge is more powerful than Him.

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4 (NKJV)

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

As a child of God, our problems become His provided we trust and believe in Him enough to give them to him completely. We may still find ourselves in situations that distress us. God the Father is our protector and our teacher. It is through Him, and only Him, that He will show us the way. This is a wonderful comfort for those who trust and believe in that promise as His children.

Like my son, we can look at the mountain of stuff before us and try to figure out how we are going to tackle the insurmountable. Or, we can run right at the problem knowing that our Father will show us the way and guide our steps as we go. Sometimes it becomes nearly impossible to move forward toward that which scares us; it is only scary because we don’t know what will happen. God knows! Trust Him. After all, he is Your Father and he only desires the best for His children. Allow Him to show how much He loves you and let His greatness reign in your life.


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Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.