Month: October 2019

Word For Today

THE WORD FOR TODAY

      DIFFERENT: Separated from ~ Withdrawn


Romans 8:35
Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself.”

Matthew 10:12-14 “When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation. If they don’t welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.” 

Psalms 89:34 Do you think I’d withdraw my holy promise? or take back words I’d already spoken?

 

2019 ~ Day 283

God has made a way to escape; He encourages us to flee from sin and to be faithful to Him. The Bible is full of examples of people rightly or wrongly making choices and the consequences of those choices. Making good choices in our lives will lead to positive long- term outcomes. Every choice for good sets into motion new opportunities for God. Every choice for evil follows the same pattern but in the opposite direction. Ever y decision we make to continually move forward in recovery brings order, safety, and security to our lives.

What positive examples are you following from the experiences of others?

 

Jesus Christ – The Great Teacher

Read: John 3:1-12

There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.” John 3:1-2

Thousands yield to concede that Jesus was a great teacher. The Sermon on the Mount being referred to as His life-changing principles many claim to live by. It was Nicodemus, an educated religious leader, who possibly inspired to use the expression of Jesus that recognized Him as “a teacher straight from God” If He is the “Great Teacher”  we should continually be His pupils,  and humbly obey His words. Soul education, spiritual learning in His class. It is shallow for us to claim we are have made a decision to let Him help us change and we are committed to doing whatever is required but still pursue selfish goals and plans.

1 Corinthians 2:14  says “The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit–God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.” Jesus said “You must be born again.” The work of God in and through individuals ro make them ‘a new person’ is at the heart of the Great Teacher – Jesus Christ

Spiritual rebirth is necessary for the recovery process. True recovery cannot be achieved by trying harder to live better. It requires repentance, submission to God and obedience to His will for our lives. He is ‘The Way’ to achieving forgiveness and true freedom from addiction and compulsion.

Have You Changed?

 

 

 

Set A Good Example
DAILY REFLECTION #279

Romans 16:19 While there has never been any question about your honesty in these matters–I couldn’t be more proud of you!–I want you also to be smart, making sure every “good” thing is the real thing. Don’t be gullible in regard to smooth-talking evil. Stay alert like this.

READ: Romans 16:17-29

As we grow spiritually through recovery other people notice. We should be happy about that. Through our change in attitudes, actions, and behaviours other people should be seeing us change and be looking to follow our examples.

I am sure you have heard the saying “Don’t tell me show me.” What we say and do in our lives from here on in is important. We are responsible for following Christ’s example and we are responsible for setting the right example for others. The best definition of insanity I have ever heard is “Doing the same thing expecting different results.” Recovery is about changed lives.

 

Prayer: Lord help me to set the right examples through doing what’s right

HAVE YOU CHANGED BECAUSE OF YOUR RECOVERY?
WATTEXAMPLES ARE YOU SETTING FOR OTHERS?

 

The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore–you’re the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God. 1 Thessalonians 1:8-9

 

I’m finding my way down the road of right living, but how long before you show up? I’m doing the very best I can, and I’m doing it at home, where it counts. Psalms 101:2

 

Let the Word of Christ–the Message–have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Colossians 3:16

Living God’s Way

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, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Galatians 5:22-23

1 Corinthians 14:1 Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it–because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth.

Matthew 11:27 Jesus said “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.”

What are you waiting for? Return to your God! Commit yourself in love, in justice! Wait for your God, and don’t give up on him–ever! Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and he will. Hosea 12:6  Psalms 37:5

What The Bible Says

Spiritual exercise is more valuable than physical exercise Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8

We all Need Recovery

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
IF I AM, I WILL TAKE STEPS TO RECTIFY IT.

When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke–like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them. When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough–it was now quite late in the day–they interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and it’s very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.” Jesus said, “You do it. Fix supper for them.” They replied, “Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?” But he was quite serious. “How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.” That didn’t take long. “Five,” they said, “plus two fish.” Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred–they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass! He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples, in turn, gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish. They all ate their fill. The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. More than five thousand were at supper. Mark 6:34-44

Step Ten is about taking regular inventory of where we are at in this stage of our spiritual development. What we currently have that is useful for helping ourselves and others and what the Holy Spirit can add to what we currently have as we put our trust in Him.

I love this scripture and how Jesus, even though He knew what the disciples had, and what He was going to do with it. Says “take inventory” It is important in the recovery process that we continually take inventory, not just in our own character and behaviours but also in how much we have moved forward from the last time we took inventory. ‘What weaknesses did I display yesterday that I have changed today?’ Recovery is about daily progress, not daily perfection.

We have all sinned and fall short of God’s perfect plan for our lives. We can’t succeed in recovery and in life in our own strength. That is why we all need Jesus and we all need recovery.

In His strength, we will always have more than we need to do the things He is calling us to do.

 

 

Grow Spiritually ~ ‘One Day at a Time’

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.

Colossians 2:6-7 My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

John C Maxwell says “the only guarantee we have of a better tomorrow is spiritual growth today.” 

Spiritual growth is positive and solution-oriented. It stops us from getting bogged down in the problems of the day and keeps us in communication with God. Encourages our dependence on Him. Our Spiritual growth today will be our spiritual foundations of tomorrow.

As we grow spiritually, we need to grow stronger in our character; stronger in our faith, stronger in our commitment to the process and stronger in our love for God’s way of living. In opposition to trying to be strong in our own strength.

Spiritual growth requires patience. Patience in our prayers, that God will give us understanding in all things.

It is easy after thirty-plus years in the recovery process to look back and see all the times God has intervened in my life. It is not always as easy to look forward with understanding. Trusting God is a daily process.

 

 

Light of The World

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 GNB If the gospel we preach is hidden, it is hidden only from those who are being lost. They do not believe, because their minds have been kept in the dark by the evil god of this world. He keeps them from seeing the light shining on them, the light that comes from the Good News about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

God advertised Himself in Jesus. ‘The Image of the Father’ Declared and presented. Romans 3:25 God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public–to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured.

Eternal Light colorfully displayed in Person for a short thirty-three years. Jesus Christ appeared on earth to shatter the build-up of gloom that existed in human hearts, to dispel the darkness of godlessness, and offer a Light-Way tp discovery of God and His will.

John 3:19  says “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God.” We can fall into the error of worshipping stuff rather than embracing the glorious Son of God. The choice is ours.

Joshua 24:15 “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve–and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.”

 

The Process of Change

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.

Recovery is a long race, not a sprint. It takes time and it takes practice. To many people involved in recovery give up because things don’t go as they think they should.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes’ race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”

 Paul points out in this scripture winning (succeeding) requires hard work and training. Progression in recovery is a daily exercise of handing our wills and lives over to the care of God, evaluating our motives, attitudes, and actions and growing spiritually ‘One Day at a Time’ Recovery requires daily discipline in Bible study, prayer, and meditation.

Paul also recognizes that spiritual growth starts with self. “You can’t share with people what you don’t have and you certainly can’t give it away.’

 James 1:12 says “Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.”

 

The process of change for and with God is loving Him, obeying Him and persevering under pressure.