Knowing He was God’s Son did not make Jesus reject Mary and Joseph as His earthly parents.
Being in recovery and in relationship with God through Jesus does not give us permission to ignore our responsibilities as parents, sons and daughters, siblings or spouses.
Commitment to God and right living does not justify neglect of our family members.
Luke 2:51 he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.
Even though we don’t admit it, we all want the approval of those closest to us. Our parents, siblings, spouses, children. We tell ourselves and them it’s not important, whilst we cringe inside. Desperately wanting them to say they approve of us, how we live and what we do. It’s in our human nature to want to be accepted.
When people approve of us, we feel good, but that should not cloud our thinking or affect the decisions we make in life.
We should not live to please people – especially in our spiritual lives. Be like Jesus. Know what others think of you, but don’t put your trust in it.
Put your trust in God.
John 5:41-42 “I don’t want praise from you or any other human.”
The only way to win in recovery is reliance on God. In our own strength we tire and expire. In His strength we succeed and eventually lead the examples He is calling us to.
Nehemiah 4:10 But soon word was going around in Judah,The builders are pooped, the rubbish piles up; We’re in over our heads, we can’t build this wall.
Now we are in recovery we need to learn to seek what God wants and do all that we can to make His will our daily routine.
Colossians 2:20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:
Acts 2:46 The believers shared a common purpose, and every day they spent much of their time together.
Pursue God’s plan.
Understand His sacrifice for you.
Replicate Jesus attitudes and actions..
Pray regularly for each other.
Open your heart to the Holy Spirit.
Share your experience with others.
Endure whatever comes your way.
I thank God regularly for all He has done, is doing and will do on my ‘Road to Recovery’ from sin.
1 Corinthians 1:3-4 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
Be honest with God, and he will help you turn your attention from yourself to Him.
It’s hard to stop focusing on our own circumstances sometimes. Especially if we are going through crisis or trauma. But we need to learn through practice and discipline to focus on God, how much He loves us and how much He has done, is doing and will do for us.
Psalms 6:6 I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears.
The A.A. Big Book in Chapter 6 says:“Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path.”
All of us, whether in recovery or not are trying to live a better life. Trying to develop better attitudes and actions.
At Celebrate Recovery tomorrow night we are looking at the topic of ‘Vision’ as a lead in to our ‘Testimony Meeting.’
If you are someone in recovery, or not, who is looking for a safe place to belong, share and be supported. Come along to 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne and be part of C.R.
We’d love to see you and meet you!
The Bible is written so we can believe that Jesus is the One True Higher Power. When we believe this, our thirst to know more about Him should lead to further investigation of the Bible and a desire to know Him personally.
John 20:30-31 Jesus provided far more God- revealing signs than are written down in this book. These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.
Unbelief can stunt our spiritual growth. Confessing our unbelief can help us recommence our spiritual walk.
Admitting our doubt is the right place to start when we feel separation from God.