Month: January 2021

Today’s Discussion Starter

DISCUSSION STARTER 30
By Archie Boyle

Cheer Up!

Proverbs 18:14 A man’s cheerful heart gives him strength when he is sick. You can’t keep going if you have a broken spirit.A happy heart cheers us up, whilst heartache crushes our spirit. The power of positive thinking was never needed more than on the ‘Road to Recovery’As we come to the end of Step One and prepare to believe God can and will help us recover, we need to remember where we came from. We need to remember what has happened to us over the last month. And, remember this quote from Joyce Meyer, who says “Even though I am not yet what I am supposed to be. I thank the Lord I am no longer what I used to be.”

I want you today to ask yourself three questions:

  1. Are you happy where you are right now?
  2. If not, Why not?
  3. What do you need to change?

Prayer: Lord, help me to see the positives in the changes that have occurred in me through the last month.

GOD IS LISTENING

Psalms 69:33 The Lord hears those who are in need. He doesn’t forget his people in prison.

It’s still amazes me, so many years after being in recovery to look back and see God’s intervention.

I remember times where I have thought ‘this is it, it’s all over now.’ And believed it was and something out of the ordinary has happened. Something that has made it possible for me to cope and to go on in hope.

We can’t always see what God is doing in our lives on our behalf He assures us He is always watching, always waiting to help us and always ready to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves.- Take time today to stop! To talk to God about the seemingly impossible things in your life and to thank Him for His assistance with them

Prayer: Thank You Lord for all the times You have intervened in my life without me knowing. Help me today to remember to include You in what I do.

Thank you, Major H

I wanted to share this link to say a big thank you to Major John Henderson. without your input I would no be the man I am today.

He was the Superintendent of the Salvation Army Bridge Programme when I arrived there in 1989. He introduced to Charitble Recycling when I completed the Bridge Programme. Employed me as the Assistant Manager at Red Shield Industries in Mount Barker, South Australia. Moved me to Gepps Cross Red Shield Industries as Assistant Manager. Later appointing me as Red Shield Industries Manager. On his appoinntment to Melbourne as the director of Family Stores I was appointed first as the State Manager of The Salvation Army Family (this picture was taken in the dining room at Gepps Cross when he and Lillian dedicated my eldest son Duncan)

Following the completion of The Bridge Programme, he became my mentor and friend. We shared many challenging and exciting events together. (I could write a book just on the things we shared together) He taught me by example what it meant to live your life for Jesus. And I too want to say Thank you Jack!

What The Bible Says

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart. Be strong, all you who hope in the Lord. Your courage and unity will show the scoffers what they’re up against: defeat for them, a victory for you—and both because of God.

Discussion Starter #23

The Bible isn’t Spooky!

God won’t put up with rebels; he’ll cull them from the pack. Psalms 34:16

I have a friend whom I have known for quite a few years now and have walked the recovery road with, who talks about ‘spooky stuff’ continually happening to him. He is talking about the Holy Spirit’s moving in his life.

There are verses in the Bible that concerned me when I first read them. That’s why the Bible needs to be investigated and not just read.

This verse is talking about God’s authority over us.

There is no point in pursuing spiritual recovery and growth without letting ‘God be God’

Growing up I attended Sunday School. I belonged to the Boys Brigade. I learned who God was and I learned who Jesus was but I never learned about God’s authority over me.

One of my biggest problems as a teenager and in my early adulthood was acknowledging and accepting authority.

DON’T IGNORE GOD
The Holy Spirit says, Today, please listen; don’t turn a deaf ear as in “the bitter uprising,” that time of wilderness testing! Hebrews 3:7-8

GOD FIRST IN EVERYTHING
This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines. John 3:30

AVOID RELAPSE
People who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, There’ll come a day when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it’ll be too late to help them. Proverbs 29:1

#Learn #Recovery #Discipline

Prayer: God let me know today that You are, God and I am not.

What The Bible says

Then they asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:28-29

We all get stuck on the question “what Does God want me to do?” Jesus reply is short and simple. We must believe that He [Jesus] is the Son of God. Spiritual development based on that belief is the beginning of ‘Living Life Recovery.’

In Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
If you were asked this question what would your answer be?

Jesus Christthe One True Higher Power

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