Recovery is about progress, not perfection: We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 2 Corinthians 4:7-8 Read More
Month: January 2015
People who do what is right don’t have to be afraid of the government. But people who do what is wrong should be afraid of it. Would you like to live without being afraid of the government? Do what is right.
God gave the right to become His children to everyone who believes in Him. Through faith we receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to us. Then we become His witnesses and testify about Him.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
We all need to be able to express our needs and concerns to someone who will care, pray, and encourage us in our efforts to change.
Prayer: Just for today I will extend a hand of friendship to those who need my support on the journey of recovery.
Luke 9:18 –20 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
As God helps us in the process of recovery He addresses our spiritual need of a right relationship with Him through Jesus, who offers us recovery that touches every area of our lives. With his help the Twelve Steps become a way of living in harmony with God and the people we encounter as we grow in spiritual maturity.
Prayer: Just for today Lord help me to know and to understand who You are, ‘The Christ of God.’ And help me to live my life as a faithful example of personal relationship with You.
Judges 15:18-20 Samson was now very thirsty, and he cried out to the Lord, “You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagans?” So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank. Then he named that place “The Spring of the One Who Cried Out,”[a] and it is still in Lehi to this day.
Samson judged Israel for twenty years during the period when the Philistines dominated the land.
This week at Recovery@theSalvos we are looking at story of Samson, a man who had everything and lost it all.
A man who was left emotionally and physically drained after his victory over the Philistines and complained to God. It is important for us as we grow in the process of recovery and overcome some of the things that have kept us from being all that we can be to not become discouraged, because it seems to be too hard. We need to learn to rely on the strength and power of God to meet our needs. That is how we can be ready to handle the next battle that recovery brings.
Prayer: Just for today I am going to rely on God’s strength and God’s power as I grow in the process of recovery and prepare to face whatever I need to, to be all that God wants me to be.
Our lives have been unmanageable, out of control, lost . When we admit our powerlessness and turn our lives over to God’s care we begin not just the process of recovery but also the process of new life. Now in the process our lives (even in tough times) are worth living because of the unexplainable joy we receive from knowing God loves us and is prepared to travel with us on this new journey of faith.
Prayer: Just for today I thank God for this new way of living and His willingness to walk with me as I live for him daily.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
I’d like to think I had a hand in it (but it was mostly his Mother I think!) Today my eldest son Duncan preached his first sermon ever, to the congregation at Belgrave South Baptist Church.
Tomorrow He turns 19 years old and as much as I know the Bible tells us in James 4:6 “God opposes the proud.” or in Romans 3:27 “there is no place for proud boasting in the Christian life.” This father is proud of his son and the way he has developed into such a kind and caring young man who has a strong faith in his Saviour and is not ashamed to show it.
Today as he spoke about ‘God’s Chisel’ and how He (God) wants to shape us all into the people He designed us to be, I am pleased with the person He designed Duncan to be and that He entrusted him to me as his earthly father.
Prayer: Just for today I give thanks to God for all He has given me, since I made a choice to follow Him and be obedient to His leading in my life. Because of that decision I am blessed every day.
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.
“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
Jesus said “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.
1 Samuel 15:22
Successful recovery is dependent on transformation of our old attitudes, beliefs, values and behaviours.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright in heart and in right standing with Him). Psalm 146:8
The Bible tells us we need to be
1. Up right in heart: changed from the inside
2 On right standing with God: obedient to His Word and His leading.
Prayer: Just for today I will be obedient to God, read His Word and listen for His voice.
True wisdom and real power belong to God; from him we learn how to live, and also what to live for. In awe before the glory, in awe before God’s visible power. Stand at attention! Dress your best to honour him! I’m filled with God’s power, filled with God’s Spirit of justice and strength. He set the power of salvation in the centre of our lives. What comes next is very important: I [Jesus] am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.