Psalm 116:6 The Lord protects the simple and the childlike; I was facing
death, and then he saved me.
Psalm 119:130 As your plan unfolds, even the simple can understand it.
Matthew 5:37 Say just a simple ‘Yes, I will’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Your word is
enough. To strengthen your promise with a vow shows that something is
Luke 9:27 This is a simple truth—some of you who are standing here right now
will not die until you have seen the Kingdom of God.
Psalm 19:7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The
decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Psalm 119:130 The teaching of Your word gives light, so even the simple can
Proverb 8:5 You simple people, use good judgement. You foolish people,
show some understanding.
Proverb 9:6 “Leave your simple ways behind and begin to live; learn to use
“Life is really simple, but we make it complicated” Confucius
Luke 9:4-14 Keep it simple; you are the equipment. And no luxury inns–get a
modest place and be content there until you leave. If you’re not welcomed,
leave town. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and move on.”
Commissioned, they left. They travelled from town to town telling the latest
news of God, the Message, and curing people everywhere they went. Herod,
the ruler, heard of these goings on and didn’t know what to think. There were
people saying John had come back from the dead, others that Elijah had
appeared, still others that some prophet of long ago had shown up. Herod
said, “But I killed John–took off his head. So who is this that I keep hearing
about?” Curious, he looked for a chance to see him in action. The apostles
returned and reported on what they had done. Jesus took them away, off by
themselves, near the town called Bethesda. But the crowds got wind of it
and followed. Jesus graciously welcomed them and talked to them about
the kingdom of God. Those who needed healing, he healed. As the day
declined, the Twelve said, “Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or
villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We’re out
in the middle of nowhere.” “You feed them,” Jesus said. They said, “We
couldn’t scrape up more than five loaves of bread and a couple of
fish–unless, of course, you want us to go to town ourselves and buy food for
everybody.” (There were more than five thousand people in the crowd.) But
he went ahead and directed his disciples, “Sit them down in groups of about
SIMPLE BUT NOT EASY
John 17:17 Use the truth to make them holy. Your word is truth.
We have been set free from our old way of living by the truth. About God,
about ourselves and about how we are to live in the days to come. But
there’s more: God also wants us to convince other people to face the truth.
We don’t do that by pretending that recovery is easy. It isn’t! Recovery is
simple but not easy.
It takes more courage, strength and determination that we have. It takes
Jesus. Recovery is not about big noting ourselves for what we have done, It is
about big noting God for what He has done for us.
The simple truth of achieving lasting growing recovery is a personal, lasting
growing relationship with Jesus.
– Where is God in Your life?
Prayer: Lord help me today to express to others who need to hear it that
recovery is simple but not always easy.