His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: Change your life. God’s kingdom is here. You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Bad work gets paid with a bad check; good work gets solid pay. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of competing or fighting. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. #Develop #Discover #Change #Work
- Find yourself then lose yourself.
Mark 8:34 Jesus called the crowd and his followers to him. He said, “Any of you who want to be my follower must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me.”
God is thinking about you.
Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
What are you passionate about?
Passionate – not reasonable but you will do it anyway.
Are you good at it?
– If you are then do that. If you are not either do what you need to get good at it or forget it.
- What are your gifts?
In our strengths, we get energized
1 Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness.
- How can you develop your gifts?
When we give our purpose to something bigger than ourselves, we have a calling.
Romans 11:29 The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE DON’T MAKE A FUSS
You are not born with godly character; it is developed through getting to know God and his Word and through experience and testing. Romans 5:6 When we were utterly helpless, with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners who had no use for him.
2 Peter 1:2-9 Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master. Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you–your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
Attended a really good service today at Narre Warren Baptist Church this morning conducted by Pastor Peter Botross on part two of the above-mentioned series. As I listened to his message the Holy Spirit prompted me with one Bible verse “Come. Follow me,” Jesus said. “I will make you fishers of people.” Matthew 4:19
In this verse are all the three parts of this series.
FOLLOW ME Discover the benefits of a personal relationship with Jesus.
I WILL MAKE YOU Through a personal relationship with Jesus He will Develop us into the people He is calling us to be.
FISHERS OF MEN From His development of our character we will be equipped to Disciple people in our ‘sphere of influence.’ to become all He is calling them to be.
What a great message this morning Peter. Thank you!
Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good.
Many of us have known the importance of a trusted mentor. I’ve had a number in my spiritual journey without whom I probably would not be here today. Recovery groups or other Biblically sound support groups are also healthy ways to spend our time as we seek to know God better and to grow in spiritual knowledge.
Tomorrow we will be commencing week 3 of this six-week series ‘Building Healthy Support Networks.’ We can’t progress much in recovery in isolation. Developing healthy networks goes alongside turning our wills and lives over to God. We all need accountability in our lives in order to live the lives God has planned for us each.
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
Bible Reading: Matthew 5:43-48
Focus Verse: Matthew 5:46
Loving our enemies doesn’t mean we have to like them and approve of everything they do. It does mean however we have to forgive them and desire the best for them. Resentments lead to relapse if they are left unchecked. In Romans 5:8 it points out the fact that even at our worst God loves us. Through the process of recovery, we need to learn to develop our attitudes and actions to seek and to follow God’s will for our lives so we can learn to accept people for who they are not who we think they should be or would like them to be.
Recovery is about becoming the best you, you can be through God’s guidance and help.
James 5:8 Be patient. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.
I am not good at waiting, for anything. My guess is I am not alone. As human beings we expect everything to happen instantly. That’s the kind of world we live in.
The Bible tells us to be patient and patience is developed through waiting. God also promises to reward us for doing good, when He is ready.
For the last ten or eleven years I have been wrestling with writing a book. Wrestling because writing it brings back memories I would rather not remember. Through it all two things have kept me going. My relationship with God and my recovery. Because of them I have the patience to keep waiting till God tells me it’s time?
- What are you waiting for?
1 Corinthians 7:35 I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.
2 Corinthians 1:9 We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally–not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead!
This week at Living Life Recovery we continue our six-week series on A.A. slogans. We commenced by looking at what the Bible says about ‘Living One Day At a Time.’ We followed that up last week by looking at the slogan ‘Easy Does It.’ and the process of adapting the Twelve Steps as a new way of living, developing personal relationship with God and changing our lives with His help at our own pace.
This week we are looking at the slogan ‘Let Go and Let God’
During our lives of addiction and compulsion there are times when our lives seemed to be falling apart. Times when we felt all was lossed and we were doomed to failure. The ‘Good News’ is that at all times God is ready, willing and able to help us, no matter what is going on. All we need to do is to learn to ‘Let Go’ of self and ‘Let God’ equip us to become the people He is calling us to be.