God Knows

Psalm 139:1-16

God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in! 7Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!”  It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.  Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvellously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.

  1. GOD KNOWS ALL ABOUT YOU
    God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. Psalm 139:1

  2. GOD KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT YOURSELF
    Thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvellously made! I worship in adoration Psalm 139:14

  3. GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU THINK OTHER PEOPLE THINK ABOUT YOU
    If there happens to be a feast celebrated, don’t go there either to enjoy the festivities.” Jeremiah 16:8

  4. GOD KNOWS YOUR POTENTIAL FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
    All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. 1 Corinthians 9:25

 

1 Corinthians 9:25 highlights the importance of the continued application of the principles of recovery and resetting our focus not on ourselves but on the things God wants us to be focused on.

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Reach out to others

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Living Life Recovery Reflection #310, 2017

 

1 Corinthians 10:24 We should not look out for our own interests. Instead, we should look out for the interests of others.

In the Bible Jesus taught us two lessons in Luke 14:7-14. He taught us that service is more important than status. He also taught us that caring is demonstrated by how much we reach out to others less fortunate than we are. In the case of recovery that is people not as far down the recovery track as we are.

Everyone needs recovery! none of us are so well adjusted to life and its problems that we will never need anyone else to help us and care about us. God expects us to care about and look after each other. We are all called to help the homeless, hungry, sick and imprisoned as if they were Jesus (Galatians 4:8-14)

  • Do you avoid people who are suffering – or are you willing to do what you can to help them?

 

Prayer: Lord help me today to reach out to someone less fortunate than I am
and do what I can to help them

 

Weakness and Hardships

Check out the mirror to see its reflection. Are you an imposter, pretending to be what you aren’t, or authentic enough to admit who you truly are? The spirit of fear comes hard against love, and when it comes knocking to disrupt your day of being real, let faith open the door. Examine yourself to see if your faith is real or something abstract. The only way to fail this test is to not know Jesus is in you right now. If you fail the test, do something about it! When Jesus’ love is in you, fear has to leave.
Are you willing to examine and take ownership of what’s going on? There’s a different road to travel than the road to self-destruction, medicating the pain of your resentment and regrets. It’s okay to be hopeful!

Can you admit when you’re wrong, or weak, quickly? The disciple Paul delighted in his weakness, hardships, and difficulties. It’s okay to be driven to your knees by troubles; it’s a great place to be.

Lord, I pray to endure whatever comes, for your sake. I pray when battered and bruised, your grace is sufficient to strengthen me. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10, 13:5

Serenity

It starts with God

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Living Life Recovery Reflection #309

 

1 Corinthians 3:11 No one can lay any other foundation than the one that has already been laid. That foundation is Jesus Christ.

A large contributor to how well we progress in recovery is based on what we do at the beginning, what foundations we establish to build our new lives on.

Now I never understood this when I first came to recovery. I thought you do the Twelve Steps, one to twelve and when you have done them all you have a recovery. But there’s more to it than that. Because when we first enter recovery many of us are too sick to understand the twelve steps. That’s why I believe one of the first things we should all do in the process of recovery is to establish clear spiritual foundations (because it’s a spiritual program) and make them the foundation stones of our recovery.  Failing to build on an enduring foundation leads to destruction.

  •  What are your foundation stones of recovery?

 

Prayer: Lord help me today to identify my foundations

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Pray about problems

Romans 16:20 The God who gives peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

 Problems don’t disappear because we are in recovery. We just learn new ways of dealing with them.

Problems in our lives can be times of faith testing. We need to learn to use problems to get a better understanding of ourselves, God and life.

There are no problems in our lives that will occur that are too big for God. We need to learn to trust Him when problems come and know that if we do all we can to solve a problem He will do the rest.

Romans 8:28 says “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” Remember God when next you have a problem.

 

  • Do you pray about your problems?

Prayer: Lord help me today not to stress about my problems. Teach me to do all I can do to fix them and to leave the rest to You.

 

Distraction Can Lead to RELAPSE

Mark 4:18-19 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.

A false sense of security brought on by taking glory for what God has done is doing and will do in our lives and desire for things that can harm our new found serenity can cause us to go back to whence we came. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by things of this world. Material pursuits deafen us to God’s leading. Hearing when He speaks requires complete focus.

Prayer: Lord help me to avoid distraction from Your will for my life and stay focused on the process of continued Spiritual growth.