It’s here! It’s finally becoming a reality! Reformers Unanimous will open its doors to the public on September 25, 2015! My heart feels like it is going to burst out of my chest and my mind is going to explode with all of the knowledge I’m cramming into it. I just finished reading, studying, and outlining the first chapter of Steve Currington’s book “Nevertheless I LIVE”. It’s the core curriculum for RU and it’s paired with the “It’s Personal: Daily Journal” and the challenge book. I’m a n00b, so I’m on the first book: Overcomer. The little book on the bottom is “Recovery Without Relapse” and it’s going to be the curriculum for the RU Sunday School class. That one was written by Dr. George T Crabb, D.O. and Mr. Ben Burks. Mr. Burks was one of our trainers when we went to Rockford, Illinois for training in the RU program.
What’s great about Reformer’s Unanimous is that you don’t have to be addicted to just drugs and alcohol to go through the program. It can be any stronghold in your life. Food, anger, covetousness, envy, or any other area in your Christian walk that could use some beefing up. It’s also a WONDERFRUL discipleship program!!
The first chapter: One Way, One Truth, One Life, Once to Die is such truth that it took my breath away! I’ve never understood what it meant to “draw near to the Lord” or to “walk with Him” or to “have fellowship with Him”. Sure, I read my Bible and I pray and I am an active member in the church, but to be completely immersed in Him was something in which I had no clue. Until I lost a baby at 21 weeks. It was a precipice in my Christian walk. It was go forward or give it up. I felt like if I didn’t completely surround myself in Him, if I didn’t completely saturate my life with Jesus Christ I was going to, as they say, lose my faith. I read the Bible, I prayed, I listened to sermons 24/7, I fasted, I attended church as often as the doors were open– I made sure that every minute that ticked by I was surrounded by Christ. Proverbs 16:18 says “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (KJV) Chapter one sums this verse up by stating that if we believe in ourselves to do something that only God can do for us, we will stumble and eventually be destroyed through our self-centered efforts. How true! There was no way I was going to survive that miscarriage without Jesus Christ. Sure, I would have physically survived. It wasn’t going to kill me, but I would have been a shell of a person. I can proudly use the loss of my baby for His glory. Do I get discouraged? Sure. Do I have thoughts creep in on me that make me doubt, get angry, or sin? YES! But I continue to faithfully give this burden to Him. And that’s what RU is about. Giving our sin, our stronghold, our addiction to Jesus Christ because He is the only one that can overcome. Chapter one gives us the formula for success: believe on Jesus + continue in His Word + be His disciple + know theTruth = FREEDOM.
“Freedom from addiction is NOT freedom from drugs and alcohol; it is not freedom from pornography; and it is not freedom from smoking, television, or the love of money. Freedom from addiction is being out from under the control of this world and under the control of Jesus. Freedom is control. It is not what controls you that separates freedom from bondage, it is WHO controls you that separates freedom from bondage. That is God’s honest Truth.” ~Steve Currington, NIL, p. 30