Month: August 2019

Peace Achieved

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called sons of God.

Step Nine says “ Having identified the people, I have harmed, I will now go and make restitution to them. Unless to do is going to cause them or other pain or suffering.” It is time to start making peace with those we have harmed or those who have harmed us.

Peace in our lives is a product of trusting God. The Bible talks about “peace beyond our understanding.” It comes not by doubt or avoidance but by learning and applying what we have learned to daily living.

Peace in our lives is also a product of our obedience to God. Many of us in the past have sought to find an easier softer way and failed. Through our obedience, God leads us on a pathway of peace with Him and with others. All we need to do is walk the pathway.

  • Are you ready to make peace with God and others?

 

Prayer: Lord help me achieve peace today through being obedient to your will for my life.

 

When We Pray

Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:18

“Prayer is not the conquering of Gods reluctance, but taking hold of His willingness.” A great quote. Gid is always waiting upon our calling out, our requests and our summoning.

Praise Him for always being available.
Reach out regularly, relying on Him.
Allow Him to communicate with you.
Yield everything to His persuasions.
Enlist His help in all things.
Retain conscious contact with Him.

The accessibility we have to God is almost unbelievable. Sometimes we allow our disbelief to divert us from prayer.

Prayer is our means of sharing with God.  A place of repair, the source of our spiritual supply, our down-to-earth point of contact with heaven. We can pray anywhere, at any time about anything. We need to learn the discipline of setting time daily time for prayer. Learn to separate ourselves from the happenings of the commotion of life. We need to reach out and up to God in anticipation of His will for our lives being revealed to us. As we do we will mature spiritually in our obedience to Him.

The Word For Today

PEACE

I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left–feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

When we worship the right way, God doesn’t stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony. Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!  John 14:27 ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33 ~ Colossians 3:15 ~ Jude 1:2

“I Am Leaving You With A Gift.”

THE GIFT OF PEACE

“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

 

JESUS GIVES US THE GIFT OF PEACE
Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1

Peace with God is only possible because of Jesus death on the cross for us. When we go through the recovery process we learn through the application of the Twelve Steps He is the One True Higher Power; And, when we put our faith in Him we learn how to depend on His power and strength to overcome our weaknesses.

THE PEACE HE GIVES GUARDS OUR HEARTS AND MINDS
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then 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. Philippians 4:6-7

Life is full of problems and worries. Peace through the process of recovery may seem like an impossible goal. Step eleven says “In order to discover God’s purpose in my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.”  Do you want to worry less? Then pray more!

PEACE IS EVIDENCE OF GOD WORKING IN OUR LIVES
What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, Galatians 5:22

If we want to live God’s way we have to get to know Him, we need to love Him and imitate Him. To know His purpose in our lives we need to learn as it says in Mark 12:33 “It is important to love Him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself.”

 

 

The Right Thing To Do

Step Eight As part of the process of change, I will identify and record everyone I have harmed and through prayer become willing to make restitution to them.

1 Peter 3:10 Scripture says, “Do you want to love life and see good days? Then keep your tongues from speaking evil. Keep your lips from telling lies.

Because God is watching and listening to our recovery. He will take care of us when we do the right thing. He wants us to the right thing all of the time but He also knows because we are human we won’t always do the right thing.

He wants us to do what He considers the right thing, not what we consider to be the right thing. We learn what God thinks is the right thing through reading His Word. We also know what God considers to be the right thing through our consciences.

All of us have a God-built system of knowing what is right and what is wrong but we need to pay attention to it.

– When have You done what God wanted instead of what you wanted because it was the right thing to do?

 

Prayer: God help me to see and do the right thing in every situation I find myself in today.

Avoid Compromise

When are you willing to compromise what you have learned in recovery to save a relationship?

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not a partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands?

As we go through the process of repairing our relationships it is important we do not let those relationships compromise our relationship with God. Doing so may weaken our spiritual commitment and integrity and reduce our standards back to our old way of thinking and acting.

God wants others to see what He is doing in and through our lives and He wants to use that to prompt them to consider a change. They won’t if we lower ourselves to their standards instead of raising our attitudes and behaviours to His and sticking to them.

In recovery, we need to avoid people and places that compromise our recovery.

 

Prayer: Lord help me to stay true to what You have taught me.

 

Don’t Forget Where You Came From

It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. Ephesians 2:1-6

The Path of Recovery Should Be Paved With Common Sense

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

 

WE CAN’T MIX IN THE SAME OLD CIRCLES AND EXPECT LIFE TO CHANGE
T
he Scriptures say, “Chase away any of your own people who are evil.” 1 Corinthians 5:13

COMMON SENSE COMES FROM GOD
All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN
Obey God’s message! Don’t fool yourselves by just listening to it. James 1:22

COMMON SENSE LEADS TO RIGHT LIVING
Good sense is a fountain that gives life, but fools are punished by their foolishness. Proverbs 16:22

COMMON SENSE IS ACHIEVED THROUGH TRUSTING GOD
If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. Proverbs 3:4-5

 

God Saved Me From Big Things For Big Things.

I believe the statement above. Not because I have tickets on myself but because I firmly believe when we take Step Three Made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God. When we make a conscious decision to live our lives according to God’s will He opens doors for us to walk through, equips us to walk through them and prepares the way for His glorification through our actions and behaviors.

Isaiah 58:11-12 says “I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places– firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.”

William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army gave a charge to the soldiers of the Salvation Army to ‘Go For Souls and Go For the Worst’ A charge I take very personally and seriously in my recovery life. Since I entered  Bible-based recovery in 1989 it has been my goal to seek the lost and assist them with His help to find a personal relationship with Him so they too can go through the doors God opens for them and influence people in their sphere of influence in living lives that mirror God’s purpose.

1 Peter 2:5 says “Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God.

” Recovery is about ‘Spiritual Growth’
Matthew 5:6
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

  • You can’t share with people what you don’t have.
  • You can’t learn about God’s Way of living unless you live it.
  • To live it you have to learn it and to learn it you study it and apply it.

 

Proverbs 24:6  says “Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel.”An important part of the recovery process is securing relationships with a sponsor and accountability partner to help you better decipher God’s purpose for your life and apply it to your daily living.

Step Twelve “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 61:4 “They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new.” A goal that can only be achieved in God’s strength with God’s help in God’s timing.

What The Bible Says

ABOUT POWER
Jesus called the Twelve and gave them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases. He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?” He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness ……….. quit focusing on the handicap and start appreciating the gift. It is a case of Christ’s strength moving in on our weakness. Luke 9:1~John 1:11-12~Acts 1:6-8~2 Corinthians 12:9

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