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BE PREPARED

 

Proverbs 12:18 Thoughtless words cut like a sword. But the tongue of wise people brings healing.

What we say reveals what is in our hearts. Wholehearted obedience to God requires preparation. Repairing relationships requires preparation. Unless our hearts are ready for the task of meeting and sharing with others we have hurt and who have hurt us it isn’t going to go well.

We need to take time to pray about it, set a plan of how we would like the meeting to go and what outcomes we desire. God likes it when we take time to prepare for things with a spirit of thankfulness for whatever happens. We also need to take time to prepare what we want to say to people. The words we use can make all the difference in how we are received.

  • Have you prepared what you want to say to people?

Prayer: Lord help me prepare what I want to say to the people on my list with Your help.

Planned Recovery

Serenity

It’s a bit of a stretch when you enter recovery and hear someone tell you about the peace that surpasses all understanding. You’ve been trying for years to seek peace, and have always gotten chaos and confusion instead. In recovery, you’re learning to be yourself, instead of being whoever people wanted you to be. Only in the glorious moment of ripping off the mask of your false self-do, you discover you truly cannot do this on your own.

God becomes very real when you truly know he’s the one who saved you from yourself because he loves you so. God takes your brokenness and begins reconstructing your life’s puzzle pieces into the masterpiece he designed. He equips and strengthens you to do the good things he planned for you long ago.

God rubs out your guilt, washes away shame, and takes your sin as far as the east is from the west. God poured his special favor on you to walk out the recovery he planned for you long ago, one day at a time.

Lord, I pray I will continue, by grace, to experience your peace. I pray to walk out the recovery you planned for me long ago and not give up. Amen

Philippians 4:7 You will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:10 We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

1 Corinthians 15:10 Whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by His grace.

Above is my daily devotions for today. Resulting in my focus word for the day being ‘PLANNING’

Reading further this morning on the subject of planning the Life Recovery Bible says:

The Psalms say The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.

Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery. They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.

The Bible goes on to warn me in Proverbs: The Lord approves of those who are good, but He condemns those who plan wickedness. If I plan to do evil, I will be lost; if I plan to do good, I will receive unfailing love and faithfulness. No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord. 

1 Corinthians 1:25  says “This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.”

Ephesians 1:10  says “This is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”

  1. I can make good use of my resources through planning.
  2. Careful planning can save me a lot of worries.
  3. Careful planning includes submission to God.
  4. God’s plan for me has eternal benefits.
  5. God’s plan for me is better than anything I can imagine.
  6. God’s plan for me can’t be understood outside of a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

WELCOME TO MONDAY – What are your plans for today?

 

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Psalms 40:13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

 

GOD LIFTS US OUT OF OUR PROBLEMS
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (Ps 40:2)

WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS TO STOP GOING BACK
May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. (Ps 40:14)

WE NEED TO STAY CLOSE TO GOD
Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
(Psa 22:19)

Living Life Recovery Reflection 260

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LIVING LIFE RECOVERY REFLECTION #260
PURIFY YOUR SOUL

1 Peter 1:22 You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. So, you have an honest and true love for your brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply, from the heart.

This verse is talking about purity of our souls.  The dictionary defines the soul as” the principle of life, feeling, thought and action in humans,  In other words the part of me that makes me Archie.

Purity in my life is in direct relation to how I feel, think and act towards others. Honest and true love for others comes from learning to love ourselves, be honest about our feelings and thoughts and acting in accordance with God’s guidance and direction. The purpose of recovery is to become more like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says “God planned that those he had chosen would become like his Son.”

 

  • What are your honest feelings and thoughts about recovery?

Prayer: God help me to purify my soul with Your help and guidance.

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ACKNOWLEDGE I NEED GOD’S HELP

Proverbs 3:7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Pastor Rick Warren said “If you could fix your problems on your own you would have already.” The reality is we can’t. We have all tried and failed, with a true desire to change our wills and lives in our own strength. Wanting to change is not motivation enough on it’s own for any of us to overcome our problems.

We need a power outside of ourselves to change and that power is the Holy Spirit of God. As it says in the verse above “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.” We all have good ideas that we fail to follow through on because we are human.

What we need to do is stop doing the wrong things we are doing and replace them with right things (Godly things). What we need to do is ‘turn to God.’ put our faith and trust in Him, be guided by Him and follow through on doing what He tells us to do.

IT STARTS WITH PRAYER ………………….

God corrects us in Love

Self-Control

Hebrews 12:7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Whoever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?

– God allows some things to happen to us in order to train us

LEARN FROM THEM…

–  Our response to God’s discipline determines how much we benefit from it.

ACCEPT IT GRACEFULLY

– God is more loving and demanding than any other parent.

DRAW ON HIS STRENGTH

Realise I am out of Control

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James 1:19-20 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Realising who or what is in control of our lives is an important part of the recovery process. James advises us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.” for many of us control of our lives in the past has been dominated by our emotions. We know in our own strength, left to our own will and desires we cannot control our feelings. That is why we need to ‘turn our wills and lives over to the care of God.’ 

Even when we feel out of control He can help us maintain composure. He can give us what we need to ‘think, think, think’ and listen before we make bad choices or take the wrong action.