Day: 18 July 2020

WHAT tHE bIBLE sAYS

When I call, give me answers. God, take my side! Once, in a tight place, you gave me room; Now I’m in trouble again: grace me! hear me! Lord, and show me your mercy, for I am helpless, overwhelmed, in deep distress; my problems go from bad to worse. Save me from them all! My life is a constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in me. Don’t think I’m carrying around a list of personal grudges. The fact is that I’m joining in with your forgiveness, as Christ is with me, guiding me.

Thought For Today

2 Corinthians 7:10  Distress that drives us to God ………. turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.

Pain from our sins can result in changed behavior. Many people are sorry only for the sins they are caught committing.

Focusing On God

Psalms 34:4  I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.

THROUGH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GOD’S SUPREME POWER, I HUMBLY ASK HIM TO HELP ME CHANGE MY SINFUL HABITS AND ATTITUDES.

In the process of God changing our sinful habits and attitudes it is important we keep our focus on Him.

If you ask ten different people in the process of recovery the best way of achieving and maintaining recovery you will get ten different answers.

Recovery in my life is covered in prayer, meditation and being led by the Holy Spirit, on a daily basis. Through my recovery I have had trusted individuals whom I can go to and bounce my thoughts and ideas off. People I trust to tell me the truth and advise me of their opinions on whatever I have shared with them. The decision on what I do with their advice is reached on communication with God. He gives us all free will to choose what we do for a reason. I believe that reason is to see how much we have grown spiritually, mentally and physically. To see how we implement the things He has revealed to us according to His will in our daily living.

DON’T MAKE ANY LIFE CHANGING DECISIONS
YOU HAVE NOT TALKED TO GOD ABOUT
!

PRAYER: Lord help me today to focus on You and Your will for my life

NON-CONFORMING

Romans 12:2  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.

In the world we live in may people have prided themselves on being against tradition, the establishment and the status quo. There is nothing new in this. Since the beginning of time humanity has refused to comply. Resisting the set order of things and the rules. Non-conformists have earned themselves a unique place in our history and now many people place them on a pedestal and give high honors as heroes.

Millions of people in this world refuse to consume alcohol or indulge in taking drugs, Yet society at large takes for granted indulgence. It is considered ‘the norm’ A decision to ‘live life recovery’ is outside the norm’ and may be seen as anon-conforming. We may be treated as different, we may receive some ribbing, we may even be considered weaker than those who conform. Recovery can be a battle.

The battle lines drawn. The decision ‘to be different and make a difference’ made. We are joining the ranks of those who defend their rights to oppose slavery, be t alcohol, drugs or some other habit or compulsion.

The Bible challenges us not to “become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God” but to conform to the example of Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:6  ... now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him. the is a gripping command, an attainable Goal only through a close relationship with God’s Holy Spirit as we walk daily in our spiritual journey of daily growth.

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