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Step Eleven – Week Two

WHY READ AND STUDY THE BIBLE?

In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on i

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

– God prepares us, through learning, implementing and living the twelve steps to become the best version of who created us to be. The Twelve Steps accompanied by Scripture are our training programme to living God’s way.

Hebrews 4:12 God means what he says. What He says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.

– Studying the Bible, not just reading it regularly and checking ourselves against it shape our character. Through prayer the Holy Spirit highlights what we need to do, how it needs to be done, when it needs to be done and equips us to DO IT!

John 8:31-32 Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.

– The truth about ourselves, about God and about life is revealed through daily interaction with God’s Word. We experience it through obedience to what His Word reveals to us personally, as a group and as a COMMUNITY.

Psalms 119:50-52 These words hold me up in bad times; yes, your promises rejuvenate me. The insolent ridicule me without mercy, but I don’t budge from your revelation. I watch for your ancient landmark words, and know I’m on the right track.

– The Bible helps us through bad times. Recovery is not always an easy process but God’s promise to us of changed life is always true and keeps us on the right track when we STAY FOCUSED.

Psalms 119:26-27 When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders.

– Through the Bible God responds to us and trains us in His wisdom. Through the Bible we learn to understand His ways and adapt them to our daily living. Changed life begins on the inside.

Psalms 119:89 What God says stays, as permanent as the heavens. His truth never goes out of fashion; it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. His Word and truth are as dependable as ever.

– The Bible is as relevant and dependable as it has always been. Reading and studying it daily changes our thinking, belief and commitment to changing our lives and becoming all He is calling us to be.

Verse For Today

Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. 1 John 2:15-17

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New Life


1 Peter 1:4 He has given us new birth so that we might share in what belongs to him. This is a gift that can never be destroyed. It can never spoil or even fade away. It is kept in heaven for you.

New life for me began whilst I was on the Bridge Program. After asking Jesus to become my Higher Power I got involved in a ‘Bible Study Group’ that were studying ‘The Navigators’ Bible Study Series. That series was my introduction to the Christian way of living and it helped me to change.

I believe that series prepared me for step four and I would advise anyone in recovery, at the step three stage to get involved in a good ‘Bible Study Group’ Not only do you learn a lot but they are a great support as you begin the process of taking a good look at yourself and what you need to change to live right.

For most of us, Bible Study will be a foreign concept. Can I suggest, if you haven’t already got a Bible to get one and start by reading the book of John.

 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving me another chance at change

#2279 What The Bible Says


LLRTV.pngWhat the Bible says about obedience.

Jesus said “Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys my heavenly Father’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right–you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. The reality test on whether or not we love God’s children is this: Do we love God? Do we keep his commands? The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome. Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.

Matthew 12:50 ~ Psalms 119:1-3 ~ 1 John 5:2-5

#2233 Intimacy With God


“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:5‭-‬6

What an encouraging service at #NWBC today. Two young men in their twenty’s sharing what God is doing in and through their lives. And, what He can do in ours.

The first, Tom shared an inspiring, motivated example of God using His people to change the lives of others through our obedient and openhearted faith in Him

The second, William, who shared a message of God’s transformational power, impacting our lives and our character through personal, one on one meetings with Him in Worship, Bible reading, meditation and prayer.

Thanks Will! You reminded me of a day in 1989, when I was still in my mess, at the end of my rope and I knelt, alone in a Rehab to pray. A day when I heard Jesus say to me “Archie, you do not need to live like this anymore. Follow Me and I will lead you!”

From you that day to this day He has led and I have followed. For almost thirty years now I have acknowledged Him as my Lord and my Saviour and I have enjoyed many, many one on one meetings with Him that have made all the difference on how I live my life today.

Read the Bible


Philippians 1:9 I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding.

 God reveals truth to people who will act on it. Some people can’t understand the truth because they are not ready for it. When you go to talk to people about repairing relationships don’t be surprised id they don’t understand when you talk about God and what He is doing in your life. Be patient with them and remember because you are in recovery doesn’t mean everyone else is.

Take time to pray that the Holy Spirit will open their minds and their hearts to receive the truth and to act on it. And take time before meeting with anyone to read what the Bible says about repairing relationships and making amends.

  • Have you read what the Bible says about making amends, restitution and forgiving others?

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Read The Bible


Psalms 79:9 God our Saviour, help us. Then glory will come to you. Be true to your name. Save us and forgive our sins.

 If others offer you advice that goes against the Word of God, it is the wrong advice.

A large part of my personal life with Jesus revolves around making sure I am doing what He wants. I do that through prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on what the Bible says.

The beauty of the Bible is the more you read it, study it and meditate on it the more you understand the character of God.

Recovery is a consistent process of spiritual growth so is understanding the Bible.

You need to read the Bible as often as takes for you to understand it.

  • How often do you read and consult God’s Word?

 

 Prayer: Lord help me to develop good Bible reading disciplines.
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