Proverbs 4:20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.
- Are you opening your heart to God’s voice?
- What four things are we directed to do, and why?
- If you are doing these things, how has it changed your life?
2 Timothy 3:16 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another–showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.
The Bible is the eternal word of the Living God. Ot is powerful, personal, indespensible and indestructible. It originated in the mind of God, it is communicated by men and women vy the Spirit of God. 2 Peter 1:21 “It’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.” All Scripture is God breathed yet shaped into final word by the personlaity God chooses to use. The Bible is not passive instruction but a unique way of expressing the truth of God and His vital message for mankind.
Over many centuries the plan and purposes of God have unfolded in progressive revelation. Our purpose for spending personal time daily reading God’s Word and seeking His purpose for our lives needs to be one directed towards discovery of unity. One Book for all people.
The Bible says in Psalms 105:1 we should “Thank God!” we should “Pray to Him by name!” and we should “Tell everyone you meet what He has done!” Step 11 in the Living Life Recovery Twelve Steps says “I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.” Step 12 says “I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”
In the process of recovery we spend a lot of time looking back, thinking about the wrong things we have done. Thankfulness is a bout looking forward. Thanking God that He has helped us to overcome the past and through daily walking in relationtionship with Him He will use us to help others who are not yet where we are in the process.
1 Corinthians 15:57 Let us give thanks to God! He wins the battle for us because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.
Regularly thanking God for what He has done, is doing and will do in our lives is a good habit to adapt in recovery.
There are four elements to habitual thankfulness we all need to learn and adapt:
- Remembering what God has done for you.
- Tell others about it.
- Show God’s glory in you.
- Offer to do something for someone else.
When I look at these four elements it helps me to understand more why the process of recovery works. The Twelve Steps includes all of these elements.
- How are you applying the four elements of thankfulness to your life?