Discussion Starter #34

Better Days

Galatians 3:4  Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

When we were drinking we were living an unnatural life. Physically and mentally we were affected through self inflicted punishment, through the abuse of intoxicating liquor. Our eating habits suffered, many of us depending less and less on nutritious food.

Obsession with alcohol often affected sleep, recreation, home life, relaxation, employment, socialisation and our cravings dictated everything else. We could not imagine life without alcohol. Problem drinking in our lives became the order of the day.

Thank God, for bringing us to our senses. I am glad I made a conscious decision to change my life. I feel healthier, eat better, my life has been changed. God is daily shaping me into the person I should be, using me for His purpose as I continue to offer my life to Him. From past experience I know His promises are helping me to live a better life than I ever believed possible and I am confident there are better days ahead.

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

“Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing.”  Romans 8:7

“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,”

“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

Prayer: I am thanking You God for forgiveness of my past sin and failure. I ask for strength to keep trusting, so that I do not go back to my old way of living.