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Morning Harmony #48

FORWARD STEPS 5

Let’s recognize him as the Lord. Let’s keep trying to really know him. Hosea 6:3

Some habits die hard. Many of us have a habit of brooding over recent mistakes or wrongdoings. Non-believers can expect guilt to plague them. But when we accept Jesus Christ as our ‘One True Higher Power’ we believe that He died to deal with our guilt and the power of sin in our lives. We accept by faith that all is now under the shedding of His precious blood. It is DONE – all sin is GONE. We are now free to move forward in the recovery process in His grace.

It is impudent to keep brooding, or grieving over our pasts. Some character flaws will require correcting, improprieties changed, situations and circumstances adjusted and, restitution made. Sharing our experience, strength and hope with others will be valuable but gloating about our past misdemeanors or over-indulging in raking up the past will be of no benefit to us. God directs us to glory in the Cross of Christ and to talk about Him.

We are to keep the Cross before us with all that it represents. This will require self-humbling and daily cleansing through the Blood. Victory in Jesus can be experienced. Mercy flows freely to sinners like me!

What The Bible Says

What is written will come true. It says, “Death has been swallowed up. It has lost the battle.” God wins the battle for us because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.

#Habits #Believe #Free

“The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focused on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.” ― Dr Roopleen

PRAYER
Jesus keep me near the Cross. Bring it’s scenes before me; help me to walk daily in it;s shadow.

Choices Have Consequences


Ecclesiastes 11:9 Follow the impulses of your heart. If something looks good to you, pursue it. But know also that not just anything goes; You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.  FREE TO CHOOSE BUT CHOICES COME WITH CONSEQUENCES.

About Freedom


Were you a slave? Slavery is no roadblock to obeying and believing. I don’t mean you’re stuck and can’t leave. If you have a chance at freedom, go ahead and take it. God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a Christian still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track. God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules.

1 Corinthians 7:21 ~ 1 Corinthians 8:9 ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 ~ Galatians 5:1 ~ Ephesians 1:14 ~ 1 Peter 2:16

Step Nine


STEP NINE Having identified the people, I have harmed, I will now go and make restitution to them.
Unless to do is going to cause them or others pain or suffering.

Having completed steps 1 to 8 we start step nine, aware that some of the resentment we have been carrying has been unnecessary and needs to be let go of. Restitution to others whilst it may make them feel better is not for their benefit, it is for ours. Step nine is an important part of the recovery process and doing it right will free us from many passed guilts and sets us up for the positive life God has in store for us from here on in.

The Primary Goal of Bible-Based Recovery


We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

The primary goal of Bible-based recovery is to bring the Good News of salvation to those who haven’t heard it, to help them become believers, and to teach them God’s truth.

Matthew 28:16-20 The eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs

In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus points out why we are here.  “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

My daily devotions today is headed IT TAKES A FREE MAN  TO FREE A MAN

Romans 8:6 Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.

It says we are controlled by our sinful nature and like us, Paul struggled with sin. Like Paul, none of us are beyond repentance. Our only hope to free-living is Jesus. He came to earth to open The Way for us. And, if we put our faith and trust in Him He will free us from all our problems and we will experience His peace and freedom – called to help those who are still caught up in the turmoil of life’s problems to find their way safely into a relationship with Him.

Romans 7:16-18 If I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it.

Romans 8:29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

Galatians 5:16-18 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

 

 

John 8:36 If the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.

Asking According to His Will


1 John 5:14 How bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening.

The emphasis here is on God’s will, not our will. When we communicate with God, we don’t demand what we want; rather we discuss with Him what He wants for us. If we align our prayers to His will, He will listen; and we can be certain that if He listens, He will give us a definite answer.

Not always the answer we want but always the answer we need. I have often heard people say “I prayed but nothing is happening.” Really? Sometimes the inability to see God’s response is based on our own expectations and desires.

There are things in life we all want, some of which are not right for us according to God’s plan for our lives. A lesson I have had to learn in recovery is that God’s agenda doesn’t always match with mine and sometimes like any loving Father He chooses to say nothing. Not because He is speechless of has nothing to say but sometimes because He knows we aren’t listening anyway.

 

The Word For Recovery


Galatians 5:13 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.

 

#2288 The Knowledge That God Can Rescue Us


May you be made strong with all the strength which comes from his glorious power, so that you may be able to endure everything with patience. And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light.  He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safely into the kingdom of his dear Son, by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. Colossians 1:11-14

The knowledge that God has the power to rescue us free us up to think more positively about recovery. In the past, we may have been caught up with the thoughts of obstacles to our success. Now, with Jesus Christ as our One True Higher Power, we can be sure of His forgiveness and “endure everything with patience” all that we need to endure to become the people He has rescued us to be.

40 Days of Recovery – Day 2


40 Days - Day 2

2 Peter 2:9 God knows how to rescue the godly from evil trials. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he came and set his people free. He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives, and in the very house of David his servant, Just as he promised long ago through the preaching of his holy prophets: Deliverance from our enemies and every hateful hand; Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he’d do, What he swore to our father Abraham– a clean rescue from the enemy camp, So we can worship him without a care in the world, made holy before him as long as we live.
Luke 1:68-75

You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation 2 Corinthians 1:11

God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue. Galatians 1:4

Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. Psalms 34:17

  1. God sent Jesus to rescue us from ourselves.
  2. Our prayers are part of the recovery mission.
  3. God’s plan for our recovery is successful life transformation.
  4. God is listening, waiting for us to ask Him too, then He will help.

#2266 What the Bible Says


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About Adoption

I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working
with Him to do so.

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance.

We have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)

Romans 8:15 ~ Romans 8:23 ~ Galatians 4:5 ~ Ephesians 1:5