Day: 24 January 2018

Be Patient and Keep Moving Forward

All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be My children. Revelation 21:7

One of the most important ingredients in the recovery process is time.

TO GET IT YOU HAVE TO LIVE IT!

Patience

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.  Patience is better than pride. The seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.  Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. When your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Psalms 37:7 ~ Ecclesiastes 7:8 ~ Luke 8:15 ~ James 1:4 ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Starting with Ourselves

Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:15–4:3

We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and
that our lives had become unmanageable.

Some of us avoid or cope with our own pain by trying to fix the world. We try to right every wrong, heal every wound, point out every injustice. We spend our time demanding that the world system reform. We may also dedicate ourselves to rescuing and reforming those we love. Our zealousness to set the world aright can be a means of denying that we are powerless to do so.

Solomon said, “I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom. Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt! I said to myself, ‘In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds.’ . . . I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power” (Ecclesiastes 3:16-17; 4:1). He saw that the world was not as it should be. He also recognized that it was God’s job to judge and overcome the injustices in our world.

When we set out to save the world we err by taking on a role that belongs to God. What we gain by taking on such a massive task is the guarantee that we’ll always be busy. Then we’ll never have the time or energy to face our own issues. The Bible makes it clear that the world will never be right until Jesus Christ returns to make it so. We need to accept the fact that we are powerless to do his job. However, when we focus on our own recovery, fixing ourselves instead of everyone else, we will then be able to be more effective in helping others, too.

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If we try to fix the world before fixing ourselves, we’ll do both badly

#24-Be Patient

Psalms 40:17 I am poor and needy. May the Lord be concerned about me. You are the One who helps me and saves me. My God, please don’t wait any longer.

God cares about you. He created you in His image and He wants to help you discover who He intended you to be.

For the last thirty two years I have been involved in recovery through one form of fellowship or another. Through those thirty years I have learned much. I have applied a lot of what I have learned to my daily living.

Recovery started to work in my life when I accepted God loves me, cares about me, has a plan and a purpose for me. And, He will help me to achieve it if I put my faith in Him.

  • What or who do you trust?
  • How’s that working out for you?
  • Do you need to refocus your faith?

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