You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses. Acts 1:8
Month: July 2015
Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form.
If you have ever built any metal furniture or art you would be aware powder coating is applied to keep the outside looking good.
Today in my personal devotional time I read this scripture: “Shout! A full-throated shout! Hold nothing back—a trumpet-blast shout! Tell my people what’s wrong with their lives, face my family Jacob with their sins! They’re busy, busy, busy a worship, and love studying all about me. To all appearances they’re a nation of right-living people — law-abiding, God-honouring. They ask me, ‘What’s the right thing to do?’ and love having me on their side. Isaiah 58:1-2
Everyday in life we see people going through the motions. Saying the right things, mixing in the right groups,reading the right curriculum, telling others about how well they are doing – when really they are hurting inside. People keeping the outside looking good!
Recovery is not a game! Addiction is life-threatening, soul destroying and a danger to the health of those caught up in it or in relationship with them. There is one solution to overcoming it successfully and it is personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
When people come to a recovery group or programme for assistance they don’t know what is wrong. One of the best responses I have ever heard expressed to someone who announced in a recovery group “””I don’t need to be here I can fix this on my own.” was “If you could have you would have already but you haven’t so welcome to recovery”
To all the Counsellors, AOD Workers and other professionals working with people with addictions I have one thing to say today: Pay attention to these verses from Isaiah “Shout! A full-throated shout! Hold nothing back—a trumpet-blast shout! Tell my people what’s wrong with their lives.” They have come to you because they can’t fix it on their own. They are putting their faith and trust in you and the process of recovery:
Stop Powder Coating Recovery
Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. 18 I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
We can count on no one but God to help us overcome our addictions and compulsions. When we are tempted to relapse He is there keeping us from falling because He is our defender. He does not allow temptation to destroy us beyond hope.
God is involved in our recovery, encouraging us to seek His will for our lives and His power to live as He wants us to.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
The world can be broken up into two groups of people:
BELIEVERS: People who are indwelt by God because of Jesus. who realize their spiritual helplessness, show sorrow over sin, and who are hungry for God’s righteousness, merciful and pure in heart because of Jesus,
UNBELIEVERS: People who are proud, self-sufficient, and do not understand their own unrighteousness before a Holy God.
Being a believer means having God’s nature within:
2 Peter 1:4 We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.
Believers must interact with this world of corruption and darkness in order to act bas salt and light:
Matthew 5:13-14 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.
You have been called to SHINE!
There is a time for everything because that’s the way God planned it,
All life is part of a well-orchestrated symphony for which God has written the music.
An essential part of recovery is seeking out God’s plan for our lives and following it.
UStep 1 – Day 23
One generation goes its way, the next one arrives, but nothing changes— it’s business as usual for old planet earth. The sun comes up and the sun goes down, then does it again, and again—the same old round. The wind blows south, the wind blows north. Around and around and around it blows, blowing this way, then that—the whirling, erratic wind. All the rivers flow into the sea,but the sea never fills up. The rivers keep flowing to the same old place, and then start all over and do it again. Everything’s boring, utterly boring— no one can find any meaning in it. Boring to the eye, boring to the ear. Ecclesiastes 1:4-8
Only God can break them ..
God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.” Genesis 4:6-7
When we asserted our freedom to live as we chose we lost the freedom to choose anything but dependency.
33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. John 31-36
“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth!” Psalms 121:1-2
“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.” Isaiah 64: