God is concerned about every human being He has created
Matthew 19:4 “Don’t you read the Scriptures?” he replied. “In them, it is written that at the beginning God created man and woman.”
God doesn’t want anyone to miss the opportunity of life-transformation and recovery. He values each of us is concerned about each of us and cares about each of us. No matter what we have done in the past, how we have lived ‘Today is the day of salvation.’ And He has designated people to come into our lives, walk with us and lead us in His way of living. Establishing ‘Spiritual Principles.’ in our lives, seeking to find and to follow his will for us will reveal to us how important to Him and how much He loves us.
In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. Whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
Acts 10:35 ~ Romans 14:18 ~ 2 Corinthians 5:9 ~ 1 Timothy 2:3-4
BIBLE READING: Matthew 5:21-43
FOCUS VERSE: “Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.”
We are all going to experience some confusion as we go through the process of recovery. Learn to look at your problems from Jesus point of view. He is our source of hope and promise.
In Judges 20:16 “seven hundred chosen men, left-handed men” are mentioned, with this added “each one could sling a rock and hit a target within a hairsbreadth”. The Hebrew word for “left-handed” implies they could not adequately use their right hand because of disablement. Perhaps as a result of previous battles, their arms or shoulders weak and a handicap to them.
Refusing to be exempt from service these men overcame their problems, practiced until the mastered stone slinging without missing. Heroes indeed! Despite their disadvantage the disciplined themselves and found an acceptable place, refusing to know defeat.
Does this challenge us not to hide behind our circumstances or to stop making excuses.
Judges 20:16 Among Benjamin’s elite troops, 700 were left- handed, and each of them could sling a rock and hit a target within a hairsbreadth without missing.
We all have defects in our character. For some of us the reality of that statement can be awfully wounding. The revelation of flaws and defects, however it comes, can be hurtful. It is useless to run away and not much better to be self-defensive, anger can result from this emotional upheaval. Things can only get worse unless we find a place of repair. The ugly image of self will remain as it is and haunt us until we find a source of transforming ability.
The ugly image can be changed by the Masterful touch of Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Although we are adults and required to behave as grown-ups, this verse tells us our faith should be as a little child. Accepting God as our Heavenly Father who cares for us. It is really something to be a CHILD of God.
Luke 18:17 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
We live in an age of goal-setting. It is not new! Away back. God set tasks before His people as goals to be reached. In the new Testament righteousness (acceptable standards of morality and justice) is set before us, with heaven being the final goal to reach. Recovery from day to day is a process of going on from task to task. ‘Let us go on to perfection.’ (Hebrews 6:1)
The loud and clear call for us all urges:
- Diligently viewing of distant goals
– “A goal should be just out of reach but not out of sight”
- Dedication to immediate goals.
“Define your goals clearly so that others can see them as you do.
Assuming that some who have read this are on the ‘Road to Recovery’ I wish to encourage you to keep on keeping on and persevere in the way you have begun.
Hebrews 10:39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
Refusal to admit the truth can be dangerous. In addiction we can get so good at putting on an act others may have trouble accepting our admittance of addiction. Denial can cost us our life and happiness. We must admit the truth to ourselves, others and to God so we can benefit from recovery and enjoy God’s gifts.
Amos 9:10 all the sinners will die by the sword—all those who say, ‘Nothing bad will happen to us. ’
God has a purpose for us all. The reality is none of us got here overnight and we are not going to realise God’s purpose overnight.
It has taken more that twenty years for God to bring me to where I am today. And, He is not finished yet.
Recovery requires we learn patience as we wait on God to reveal our life’s purpose.