Tag: Open

What The Bible Says

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. Matthew 5:16

#Stand #Shine #Open

Discussion Starter #6

2 Corinthians 4:2 We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. #Open #Manipulate #Keep

What The Bible Says


Paul lived for two years in his rented house. He welcomed everyone who came to visit. He urgently presented all matters of the kingdom of God. He explained everything about Jesus Christ. His door was always open. In Christ, we come before God with freedom and without fear. We can do this because of our faith in Christ. Since we have confidence in the new promise, we speak very boldly. We can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” #Live #Open #Freedom #Faith

Openness To Change


Ephesians 4:23 Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.

Today I attended Celebrate Recovery Frankston. The lesson for the day was lesson three ‘HOPE’ As I went into small group I realized, and it surprised me. Having lived a life of change since 1989. I am nor really open to change. I like routine and I like things to be organized and regimental.

In Participant Guide 1 of the Celebrate Recovery on this subject is says:

“Throughout our lives, we will continue to encounter hurts and trials that we are powerless to change. With God’s help, we need to be open to allow those trials to change us. To make us better, not bitter.”

In the message Bible, its says of HOPE

 Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon. Wait for God. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always!

The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee– God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us.

Psalms 31:24 ~ Psalms 131:3 ~ Colossians 1:5 ~  Hebrews 6:17-20

2 Corinthians 3:18 says “We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

I read this tonight “The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else be set aside.” 

Reflecting on my thoughts of my unopenness to change I am left with the hope found in these verses “You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3 and the promise of Hebrews 6:18 “God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.” GOD’s GOT THIS! So I will just keep moving forward!

 

 

 

 

 


pg 266 We often misinterpret the actions and words of others, which results in confusion and conflict. Open and honest communication is a prerequisite of overcoming confusion and establishing peace.

Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy. You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the Christians there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God–no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers. Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed–keep that dusted off and in use. 1 Timothy 4:4-14 MSG

 

We have God’s Word to form the foundation of every decision we make.

Open Your Eyes


Hebrews 12:14 Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise, you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God.

Do you understand Holiness?

Growing up in early recovery in The Salvation Army the morning services were always referred to as “The Holiness Meeting.” Being a new Christian I never really understood the difference between the morning and evening services.

It wasn’t till I had been attending church for some time I realized the meetings weren’t different the response of the people in reverence to God was.

Holiness comes from a wholehearted desire to obey God in all things. There is a chorus that says “Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus. To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him ” That’s holiness.

Is it your desire to live a Holy life?

 

Prayer: Open my eyes, ears, and heart Lord today to worship You with reverence.

Thought for Today


Join me in spreading the news; together let’s get the word out. God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. Psalm 34:3-4

If we care about other people understanding their need for recovery, desiring a different way of living and becoming willing to pursue it, it is natural we want to share at every opportunity what God has done in our lives.

I love the words in verse four “God met me more than halfway.” He provides an opportunity for us all to find a ‘different way of living’ through a daily relationship with the Holy Spirit.  “He freed me from my anxious fears.”

In Exodus 14:13 Moses said: “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and watch God do his work of salvation for you today.” We need to learn through the recovery process to ‘Let go and Let God.’  To let go of our anxieties and to let God lead us, through pursuing and following His will for our lives the good things He has in store for us.

Through letting go and letting God lead we need to be open to moving outside of our comfort zones and encouraging others to do the same.

Stand Firm on God’s Foundation


Do you see what I’ve done? I’ve refined you, I’ve tested you like silver in the furnace of affliction. 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, Day and night I’ll stick with God; I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.

The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love–love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God.

Isaiah 48:10 ~ Romans 5:3 ~ Psalms 16:8 ~ 1 Timothy 1:5

Open Our Eyes


Mark 8:17 Jesus overheard and said, “Don’t you see the point of all this? Don’t you get it at all?”

Many of us for a long time failed to admit we had a problem. We closed our eyes to the truth. We did not want to face the sad fact of being dependent on substances outside of our control. Recovery as an ongoing process relies on us opening our eyes. Realising and admitting that on our own we cannot achieve or maintain a balanced life.

Have we opened our eyes to our need ‘to see Jesus’ as our One True Higher Power? To take responsiblity and do something about changing the effect of our past on today? God is offering us all A Way Out. It is through relationship with Him via The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit left to walk with us by Jesus. We need to rid ourselves of the past and the way to do that is by opening our eyes, facing the truth and being open to His divine presence in and through our lives

4o Days of Recovery ~ Day 39


 

 

 

Hebrews 13:16 Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship–a different kind of “sacrifice”–that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.

As we share our own spiritual recovery with others, we share the good news of God’s healing power. In so doing, we become stronger in our own recovery and stronger in our faith in God.

 

Realize You Changed When You Turned to God For Recovery
You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! Ephesians 5:8

Out in the open called and challenged by God to reach out to others still suffering the negative effects of addiction, compulsion and dysfunction.

 

Recovery Involves Moral Responsibilities and Opportunities
It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? 2 Corinthians 5:7-8

Recovery is a continual process of spiritual growth that is reliant on daily contact and communication with God through the Holy Spirit.

 

Being in Recovery Involves Constantly Testing Ourselves
Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. Ephesians 5:10

Step Ten Now that I am in the process of change, I will check myself daily to make sure I am not slipping back into my old ways and if I am, I will take steps to rectify it.

Constantly checking I am seeking to find and to do God’s will in every area of my life. And seeking His strength and His power to do what I need to do to live as an example to others so they too want to investigate His promises for their lives.

 

 

 

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