Tag: Respond

LLR Discussion Starter

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”

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 it

God wants us to do what is right always.  His word is our road map to doing the right things in our thoughts, in our behaviours and in life in general. If you are struggling with a decision, a choice or a direction to go in your life take time to pray about it and read what God’s Word says about it before you act.

I used to work with a guy who used to say “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.” For some of us that is how we have lived our lives. Doing what we want to do and dealing with whatever consequences followed.

Discussion Starter Question

Have you started looking at things praying about them and waiting for God to respond before you tackle them unprepared?

Persist in Prayer

Persistence in prayer is an important requirement in the recovery process. Persistence is needed because we are working with God’s help to overcome the many hurdles of our past that have brought us unstuck. we are also facing many new trials in our lives we have never had to face before.

PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER IS VITAL TO EFFECTIVE INTERCESSION
Moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need.
2 Corinthians 9:14

THERE ARE TIMES IT MAY SEEM EASIER TO QUIT THAN TO PRAY
Respond by humbling yourself, praying, seeking God’s presence, and turning your backs on your wicked life, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. 2 Chronicles 7:14

PRAYER INVOLVES PRAISING GOD
I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God. Psalm 9:1-2

DiscussionStarter #42

Getting to know You

Proverbs 1:7 If you really want to gain knowledge, you must begin by having respect for the Lord.

Someone once said to me “If you want to get your life straight you need to get to know yourself.” I believe that is true, but I also believe you need to get to know God.

There is a song I learned in The Salvation Army early in recovery that shaped how I proceeded in recovery. The words say ‘To be like Jesus, this hope possesses me. In every thought and deed this is my aim my creed.’

To be like Jesus we need to understand His character. To understand His character, we need to read His Word but we also need to be in close, personal relationship with Him.

  • What do you know about Jesus?
  • How have you encountered His intervention in your life?

You are not born with godly character; it is developed through getting to know God and his Word and through experience and testing.

Do you remember how the Lord led you through the wilderness for all those forty years, humbling you and testing you to find out how you would respond, and whether or not you would really obey him Deuteronomy 8:2

Patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Romans 5:4

#Character #Patient #Respond

Prayer: God help me today to thirst to know more about Jesus and to seek personal relationship with Him.

What The Bible Says


I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action. ‘Play actors’ acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire. When you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive them. Only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.

The moment we get tired of waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone has access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language. Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. What I want most is for men and women to pray–not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God.

I pray to God–my life a prayer– and wait for what he’ll say and do. #Challenging #Forgive #Respond #Remember #Pray

It’s Time to Change Your Ways!


I’ve come to change everything, turn everything right-side up.  “It’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you.  Here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Luke 12:50 ~ Acts 3:19 ~ Romans 12:1-2 

#2314 What The Bible Says


 

 

 

 

 

 

By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

STEP TWO I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life

#2248 Encourage One Another


llrtv.pngStay with God! Take heart. DON’T QUIT. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.  Psalm 27:14

NEVER WALK AWAY FROM SOMEONE WHO DESERVES HELP; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Proverbs 3:27

IF YOU GIVE ENCOURAGING GUIDANCE, BE SURE THAT YOU DON’T GET BOSSY; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. Romans 12:8

GENTLY ENCOURAGE THE STRAGGLERS, AND REACH OUT FOR THE EXHAUSTED, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

#2175 What the Bible Says


LLRTVTRUST GOD FOR EACH ASPECT OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS
It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that HE EXISTS and that HE CARES enough to respond to those who seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

STEP TWO I believe God exists, that He cares about me and
He can help me to regain control of my life.

God is Watching Us


James 5:9 Brothers and sisters, don’t find fault with one another. If you do, you will be judged. And the Judge is standing at the door!

 We all have faults. None of us is perfect. The Bible tells us anyone who thinks they are only fools themselves. Because we all have faults we should learn to respond to the faults of others with mercy and patience. The same way God responds to ours. We also need to learn when we do start getting judgemental to examine our motives for our feelings.

If we examine our motives and feel that someone really is traveling down the wrong road then we need to judge according to God’s standards, not our own.

God is watching everything we do in our lives and when He needs to He will correct us.

  • How are you going with your daily spiritual check-ups?

Keep It Simple 

 

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