Day: 6 September 2017

You Are a Champion

Serenity

The enemy’s spiritual roadblocks are set up to hinder your effectiveness and distract you with deceit, irritation, and offense. The struggle in your mind is much like a heavy-weight boxing match between Jesus, the Champion, and Satan, the pretender contender. The pretender throws the punch of sadness, the Messiah counters with joy. The bully punches with anger, and Jesus fights back with kindness. The antagonist hits with anxiety and worry, the healer responds with patience and peace. The assailant lays down temptation, and the Lord of Lords quickly strikes back with faithfulness. The knock-out punch was Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus takes off his gloves, and the match is over!

Your excuses for running to the pretender’s corner lessen as you embrace being the beloved of Jesus, who accepts you as you are. You linger in his presence a bit longer than last week. As you become more real with yourself, and others, it’s critical to reveal the little foxes you think are insignificant. They can knock you out of being the champion Jesus says you are.

Lord, I’m grateful for your victory in the boxing ring. Help me to stay in your corner for the remainder of the fight. Amen.

EPHESIANS 5:8; JOHN 1:4-5

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ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER
Reflection #248 , 2017

Romans 14:19 Let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build each other up.

 Building up others and being encouraged by others is one of the most important processes of recovery.

Most of us have spent our lives being put down by other people. We understand how it feels and what it does to our character. That is why we need to work hard at building up each other.

If people hadn’t encouraged me in my recovery I don’t believe I would be where I am today. None of us has all the answers. The Bible says in 1 John 4:20 “Anyone who says he loves God but in fact hates his brother or sister is a liar. He doesn’t love his brother or sister, whom he has seen. So he can’t love God, whom he has not seen.” If we say we are serious about recovery and can’t let go of our resentments we are kidding ourselves.

  • Are you serious about recovery?

 

Prayer: Lord help me encourage others

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Step Nine – Day Six
Life Recovery Devotional

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
Bible Reading: Luke 15:11-24

We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Some of us may have stolen things from others, but now have no means of paying them back. How can we face the people we’ve wronged when we have nothing to offer? Since working through Step Eight, we should be willing to humbly approach the people we’ve wronged. But if we can’t repay our debts, what’s the point?
Jesus told a story about a young son who demanded an early inheritance and left home. He wasted his fortune on riotous living. He hit bottom, so to speak, and decided to go back to his father. He had nothing left of what he had taken and no means with which to ever repay his father. We can imagine his feelings as he rehearsed what he would say.
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. . . . his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! . . . We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began” (Luke 15:20-24).

We may feel like we have nothing to offer. But to the people who love us, we are more important than anything else we could give them. The Apostle Paul said, “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another” (Romans 13:8). Though we may not be able to pay our debts right away, we can still offer our love

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