Legalism is faith gone wrong. It puts the emphasis on doing what you are allowed to do instead of following God.
We can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. All praise to God and our One True Higher Power, Jesus Christ! God is the Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God, turn your backs on the world’s “sure thing,” ignore what the world worships; The world’s a huge stockpile of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
When the Holy Spirit convinces us to receive Christ we get a new perspective and a new mindset on life, We trust that God has our lives planned and He will guide us and equip us for wherever He wants us to go. Faith in God helps us to face the truth about ourselves, our lives, and our need for change. Some of us believe because Godcomforts us our problems are going to go away. We need to understand God will give us the strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our problems.
If today you are feeling overwhelmed at what lies ahead of you, I ask you to remember God is there to help. He places in our lives other people on the same path so we can help us and they can help us move forward in the recovery process. The passage above says ‘blessed are you who give yourselves to God.’ It also says we need to turn our backs on the world’s ‘sure thing’ ACTION IS THE MAGIC WORD!
Just for today, God help me to turn my back on the things that seem like a shortcut to solving my problems. Give me the strength, encouragement and, hope to listen to the people you place in my life. Help me to help them where I can as they also help me on the road to recovery.
Throw yourself into this work for Christ. Think it over. God will make it all plain. Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It’s what you’ve heard all along. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.
The Bible is not just a book we need to read. We need to understand it, what it means for us personally, and we need to apply it. When we don’t understand it we need to seek help from those who do. A good way of doing that is to get involved in a small group. Over the years I have been in a number of small groups and found them to be indispensable. Listening to others, and what God is saying to them is always helpful. It has always amazed me how people all around this world can read a passage of God’s Word and receive a different message from the Holy Spirit.
By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide-open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience, in turn, forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:1-5
By entering recovery we have hope that God will bless us because of the decision we have made/ However we cannot expect the Holy Spirit to help us to grow spiritually unless we are willing to go to any lengths. Saying we will is not enough. Recovery requires action. Going along with the crowd does not suffice. we must commit not only to believing God can help us change but also to do what we need to do to help Him help us to change.
We hope and yes, sometimes we pray that change is in our future but are we WILLING to leave our comfort zones, to go where we have not gone before, and do things that are not in our common. behavioral patters?
With five days left in 2021, I wonder What have you achieved this year? Every year around this time I like to do inventory on my Year that Was! and pray about what I would like to achieve in the year ahead. We have all heard the saying IF YOU AIM AT NOTHING YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU AIM FOR? Over the coming year, I have many, many plans I would like to achieve. For the past couple of months, I have been preparing for 2022. There’s more to come, the scripture above says. My question to everyone reading this tonight is ARE YOU READY FOR GOD’s MORE TO COME? I hope so and I hope that with the help of your One True Higher Power He will give you all you need to achieve it.
Isaiah 42:6 “I am God, I have called you to live right and well. I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe. I have set you among my people to bind them to me, and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations,
Now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself.
Jesus came to save sinners. To encourage us, to teach us to live right. To keep us safe and to help us to share His glory with those still suffering from the negative effects of addiction and compulsions in their lives, or the lives of a loved one or friend.
As we share Christmas together and approach a new season in our spiritual walk may Gods help us be all that He created us to be so others may also know the joy that can only come through personal relationship with Him through faith.
STOP SAYING “I think I can” and START SAYING “With God’s help I know I can.”
“God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation.” Deuteronomy 29:29
We need to learn that in our own strength we can achieve little but with God’s help ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Lives of unrelenting disappointment have left us with a lot of heartbreak in our lives. Now we are in recovery and rebuilding our lives. Psalm 119:82-84 says “My eyes grow heavy watching for some sign of your promise; how long must I wait for your comfort? There’s smoke in my eyes—they burn and water, but I keep a steady gaze on the instructions you post. How long do I have to put up with all this? How long till you haul my tormentors into court?”
– When our eyes fail to see what God is doing, our faith in Him must not. His ways are not our ways, otherwise, there would be no need to call on Him to help us get well because we would be happy in our misery. None of us ever expected God to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. But He has and because He has we need to accept the break that He has given us and the opportunity to turn our lives around.
“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
What should we seek? God-reality, God-I initiative, God-provision.
How should we seek it? Giving all our attention to what God is doing.
When should we seek it? NOW!
What can we expect if we do? God will help us cope with whatever comes our way.
This scripture encourages us to stop worrying about our concerns being met. We need to learn to put our faith more and more in Gods hands through trusting Him, listening to Him and focusing on what He wants, not what we want.