2019

We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

The primary goal of Bible-based recovery is to bring the Good News of salvation to those who haven’t heard it, to help them become believers, and to teach them God’s truth.

Matthew 28:16-20 The eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

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

In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus points out why we are here.  “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

My daily devotions today is headed IT TAKES A FREE MAN  TO FREE A MAN

Romans 8:6 Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.

It says we are controlled by our sinful nature and like us, Paul struggled with sin. Like Paul, none of us are beyond repentance. Our only hope to free-living is Jesus. He came to earth to open The Way for us. And, if we put our faith and trust in Him He will free us from all our problems and we will experience His peace and freedom – called to help those who are still caught up in the turmoil of life’s problems to find their way safely into a relationship with Him.

Romans 7:16-18 If I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it.

Romans 8:29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

Galatians 5:16-18 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

 

 

John 8:36 If the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.