Month: October 2019

CONSCIENCE ~ A Gift From God

This morning in my devotional time I read from the ‘Life Recovery Devotional’ the ‘Day 20, Step 10’ reading. Which was headed ‘A Sensitive Conscience’  As I read it a thought occurred to me, which became the title of today’s ‘Thought For Today.’ 

None of us got up one day and thought to ourselves “It’s a nice day outside I think I will leave everything I know and enter a life of continued spiritual recovery.” We had all reached that place in recovery called ‘Rock Bottom’ and were prompted by what we now know is the Holy Spirit that if we carried on living the way we were living and doing the things we were doing we weren’t going to survive much longer. Today’s reading in the ‘Life Recovery Devotional’ says The word ‘conscience’ describes the act of perceiving our will and God’s will simultaneously and when we make a conscious decision to live God’s way our conscience becomes clear.

The Bible says in John 8:7-9 of the word conscience.

They [teachers of religious laws and Pharissess] kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Bending down again, He wrote some more in the dirt. Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone.

I am sure we can all understand the shame of or own guilt when confronted by God with the realities of our own lives.

Today’s Scripture is:

 

1 Corinthians 8:12 says “It is a sin against Christ to sin against your brother by encouraging him to do something he thinks is wrong.” Again I am sure we can all relate to this verse and identify times in our lives when we have taken others along for the ride in our poor decisions and bad habits. In the scripture above Paul encourages Timothy to put God first always and “fight well in the Lord’s battles.”  to ‘Cling to his faith in Christ’ because that is the way to clear our consciences and keep them clear. Paul goes on further to warn Timothy of people who have ‘deliberately violated their consciences and lost their way.’

This post is headed ‘CONSCIENCE ~ a gift from God’

1 Timothy 6:20  says to “guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk-show religion and the practiced confusion of the so-called experts.”
1 Timothy 4:4 says “Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out.” Through our consciences, the Holy Spirit led us to recovery, whether we see that yet, or acknowledge it. Through our consciences, God is giving us the way and the means to replace our wrong ways of living with His ways of living. It is up to us to accept ‘The Gift’ 

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 says “The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way–never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.”  Now is the time for ‘clearing the ground and building lives of obedience.’ using the gift of conscience that God has given us.

Pride Leads to RELAPSE

PRIDE LEADS TO RELAPSE

One of the vices we face in recovery is pride. As we get well and start to feel good about ourselves and our lives it’s easy for us to forget the recovery journey we have been on and think we have arrived at our destination.

Relapse Prevention

NOW THAT I AM IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGE, I WILL CHECK MYSELF DAILY TO MAKE SURE I AM NOT SLIPPING BACK INTO MY OLD WAYS
AND IF I AM, I WILL TAKE STEPS TO RECTIFY IT

 

RELAPSE

Remember how you got to where you are now
“Think about this. Wrap your minds around it. This is serious business, rebels. Take it to heart. Remember your history ………………. I am God, the only God you’ve had or ever will have– incomparable, irreplaceable. Isaiah 46:8-9


E
valuate what’s not working
Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. 2 Corinthians 13:5

 

Learn from your mistakes
God gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit. Psalms 145:14

 

Adjust your attitudes and behaviors
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2

 

Practice the principles of recovery
Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived. 1 John 2:6

 

Step out in faith
we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? Hebrews 13:6

 

Expect setbacks
“It’s different with you: Be strong. Take heart. Payday is coming!” 2 Chronicles 15:7

What The Bible Says

NOW THAT I AM IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGE, I WILL CHECK MYSELF DAILY TO MAKE SURE I AM NOT SLIPPING BACK INTO MY OLD WAYS AND IF I AM,
I WILL TAKE STEPS TO RECTIFY IT.

RELAPSE

“You walked away from your first love–why? What’s going on with you, anyway? Do you have any idea how far you’ve fallen? A Lucifer fall! “Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I’m well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle. Revelation 2:4-5

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Tolerate Different

Colossians 3:13 Put up with each other. Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you

Tolerating the differences. We all have them and some of them can be really annoying. God created us all in His image. He in His wisdom gave us all personalities and if we are going to survive the process of recovery we are going to have to tolerate each other’s differences.

I often like to tell people about the process of my recovery and the amazing things God did in that process just for me. I have been challenged by people who think I am too sure of myself. I’m not, what I am sure of is my Saviour and my Higher Power has a plan for me and if I continually seek to find, understand and implement His plan nothing can ever happen that will make me want to return to being the person I used to be.

Openness To Change

Ephesians 4:23 Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.

Today I attended Celebrate Recovery Frankston. The lesson for the day was lesson three ‘HOPE’ As I went into small group I realized, and it surprised me. Having lived a life of change since 1989. I am nor really open to change. I like routine and I like things to be organized and regimental.

In Participant Guide 1 of the Celebrate Recovery on this subject is says:

“Throughout our lives, we will continue to encounter hurts and trials that we are powerless to change. With God’s help, we need to be open to allow those trials to change us. To make us better, not bitter.”

In the message Bible, its says of HOPE

 Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon. Wait for God. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always!

The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee– God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us.

Psalms 31:24 ~ Psalms 131:3 ~ Colossians 1:5 ~  Hebrews 6:17-20

2 Corinthians 3:18 says “We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

I read this tonight “The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else be set aside.” 

Reflecting on my thoughts of my unopenness to change I am left with the hope found in these verses “You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3 and the promise of Hebrews 6:18 “God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.” GOD’s GOT THIS! So I will just keep moving forward!

 

 

 

 

 

Living In Peace In Spite of Our Differences

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

 

Psalms 133:1-3 How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.

  • Through recovery and in life God wants us to function in unity. When we accept each other’s differences it creates harmony, healing, and community.

Accept Different

2 Corinthians 10:18  When someone boasts about himself and how well he has done, it doesn’t count for much. But when the Lord commends him, that’s different!

When we big note ourselves and don’ t accept the contribution of God and other people to our recovery we can miss out on a lot of valuable experiences. Sometimes we fail to accept others it is because they are not like us. They don’t think like us, they don’t act like us, and we think they don’t understand us.

One of the things I have enjoyed most in my recovery journey has been the opportunity to meet with so many different people from so many different backgrounds and cultures. God created us all in His image but in His Wisdom He also made us all individuals for a purpose.

 

Prayer: Lord,  today help me to accept everyone, to accept and embrace their differences and remember they too are created in Your image.

Verse For Today

 

VERSE FOR TODAY

 

Romans 12:3 As God’s messenger I give each of you God’s warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you.

Healthy self-esteem is important because some of us think too little of ourselves; on the other hand, some of us overestimate ourselves. The key to an honest and accurate self-evaluation is knowing the basis of our self-worth—our identity in Christ.

Evaluating yourself by the worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and miss your true value in God’s eyes.