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"Before we can turn our life over to God, we need to have an accurate understanding of who He is... Even though God may be unknown to us, He is near and willing to reveal Himself. God has promised that 'if you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek Me' (Jeremiah 29:13). Turning over our will involves accepting God as He is instead of insisting on creating Him in our own image. When we seek God with an open heart and mind, we will find Him." (p. 1323, The Life Recovery Bible).
If you read the entire passage of Jeremiah 29:11-13, you see that it says, "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek Me. I will be found by you," says the Lord, "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes...and bring you home again."
When I was wrapped up in my addiction, Satan had me blinded to who God really was. I tried to twist Him into who I wanted Him to be or thought He was. Once I made the conscious decision to turn my will and my life over to Him, I began earnestly seeking Him. The only way to really get to know someone is to converse with them; that means spending quality time alone, talking AND listening. That also means spending time in God's Word; because that is the only way we will know His voice when He speaks to us! No matter where we are in our lives or how far away we feel from God, He is watching at the end of the road, waiting for us to come home so He can run to us, embrace us and welcome us home.
When the prodigal son finally came to his senses, he said to himself, "I will go home to my father and say, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being your son. Please take me on as a servant.'." But the father saw him when he was still far away and ran to him. He was so filled with love and compassion that he fell on him, weeping. Then he put the finest robe on him, threw a party, and rejoiced, "My son was dead but now is alive. He was lost but now is found!" (Luke 15:11-32).
Like the prodigal son, God wants to restore us to where we once were and He wants to bring us back home. All we have to do is seek Him with our whole heart!
No matter where you are, God has a plan for you, and it is a good one. He wants to free you from bondage, give you hope and a future and bring you back home!
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