It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe. Proverbs 29:25
We can find release through ‘repentance of sin’. We can receive forgiveness through the ‘Grace of God‘ Changing our attitudes and behaviors requires us to learn and implement the steps into our daily living.
At the end of 2015 we have a choice to ‘go on or go down.’ Recovery is a process of growth. None of us can stay where we are now. We either need to ‘move on or go back.’
In Philippians 3:14-15 Paul says “I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above. All of us who are spiritually mature should have this same attitude. But if some of you have a different attitude, God will make this clear to you.”
At the end of another year my prayer for everyone in recovery and in need of recovery is that we will always keep Jesus in view. That we will aim for His presence more than anything else. That we will allow Him to have full control of our lives, accept Him completely as our Lord and our Savior.
As we get ready to kick off a new year I would like to challenge everyone reading this to get to know Him better personally in the year ahead in order that we can all become whatever He has planned for us to be and others will be introduced to relationship with Him through our example.
God will bless our future if we obey him.
Oh, that they would always have hearts like this, that they might fear Me and obey all My commands! If they did, they and their descendants would prosper forever.
Testing brings our real priorities into the open.
2 Corinthians 13:5 :Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.
We Will Make It!
Bible Reading: Philippians 1:3-11
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
We may have gotten through the Twelve Steps (for the first time or for the tenth time), but we are all still in process. God began a work within us which is continuing each day we live. His grace is at work within us, as we practice the principles we’ve learned, and as we carry the message of recovery to others.
The apostle Paul wrote a message for the Philippians which applies to us in many ways. He wrote, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. . . . I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return” (Philippians 1:6, 9-10).
Grace is the gift of God’s unearned favor. God favored us when we were still held in bondage by our addictions. He took us in his arms when no one else would touch us. He bought us when no one else was sure we were worth much. He is the author and finisher of our faith. We can be sure we will make it, because he has lavished his grace on us and committed himself to our recovery http://ow.ly/i/fxO0x
Bible Reading: – Ecclesiastes 7:7-10
Focus Verse: – Endings are better than beginnings. Sticking to it is better than standing out. Ecclesiastes 7:8
At the end of every year I have been in recovery I set goals and plan for the year ahead. Everyone has heard the saying “if you aim at nothing, that is what you will hit.’ When I plan my goals I always plan them with the ‘end in mind’ Throughout each year I try to stay focused on :God’ purpose for Archie’ and not allow difficulties that arise throughout the year not to separate me from His plan.
I’d like to say in 2015 I achieved all I planned to achieve – that would be a lie. After all ‘recovery is process of progress not perfection’
Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. Hebrews 12:28
“Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.” Mark 1:15
God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, Colossians 1:13
Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him. Acts 10:38
Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on when the kingdom of God would come, answered, “The kingdom of God doesn’t come by counting the days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, ‘Look here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ And why? Because God’s kingdom is already among you.” Luke 17:20-21