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Morning Harmony #64

Resist Self-Sufficiency

We must listen very carefully to the truths we have heard, or we may drift away from them. Hebrews 2:1

We can only be assured of continuing freedom by GOD-DEPENDENCE. Self-sufficiency can follow attempts at periods of refusal to indulge. This is something we need to watch out for when we are standing on our fee enjoying feelings of recovery and success.

The Apostle Paul says “In ourselves we are not able to claim anything for ourselves. The power to do what we do comes from God.2 Corinthians 3:5 Paul knew that in his self-sufficiency God allowed a thorn in his flesh to keep humbly dependent on Him.

It is easy to relapse. Even after we have walked tall and begun a relationship with God. Our text today prompts us to listen to God’s truth. We need to learn His truths and apply them to our lives on a daily basis if we want to keep moving forward in faith to become all He is calling us to be.

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What The Bible Says

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! Let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God.

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.

Now that we know what we have–Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God–let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all–all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

Lord teach me self-reliance is futile. Hold me so tightly that I feel the hish of Your Presence always. This will guard me from relapse and You.

The Word For Recovery


JUST BE YOURSELF: 2 Corinthians 4:2-3 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. If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. AND TELL THE TRUTH

Thought For Today


Although the readings on this site use the word recovery the prime aim is something much deeper, Re-entry into society is not of itself enough. Entrance into the kingdom of God is priority number one. That is why through learning, implementation, and practice the Twelve Steps need to become our new way of life.

Through these steps, we are confronted with the need for personal regeneration.

Colossians 1:11-14 says “We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul–not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is a strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.” 

This means a change of heart; being converted from our old inclinations and ways; being transformed from sinner to a trusting child of God. Rescued as our scripture sai from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons.

God’s choice for each of us is:

“To be ‘born from above’ out of this world, so to speak.” John 3:7

When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

What’s is our choice for ourselves?

#2048 What Would You Trade Your Soul For?


Verse of the DayMatthew 16:24-26 Jesus said to His disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. thought_for_todaySelf-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

 

Breaking Old Habits


Colossians 3:8 You know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

 Backsliding is common in the process of recovery.  I am not talking about relapse but of falling back into your old was.

Most backsliding in my experience is caused through selfishness. Wanting things to be back the way they used to be because you understood them better then.

Recovery is a continual process of self-discipline.

Prior to coming into recovery I had a good excuse. I didn’t know any better. Now I do and I need to keep a close eye on what I do and say at all times.

 

  • What bad habits are you still struggling with?

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Just Be Yourself


Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’ “Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.'” Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

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God Has a Plan


logo_transparent_bgHebrews 4:12 The word of God is living and active. It is sharper than any sword that has two edges. It cuts deep enough to separate a soul from the spirit. It can separate joints from bones. It judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart.

The Word of God is strong. It has power like no other. It is our guide to new life. It is full of wisdom and truth. It is a basic tool for learning about life, love, and self.

Every day I read the Bible. Some days I read more of the Bible than others. My Bible reading is dependent on where I am in my life right at this moment.

The Bible is not a tool simply for acquiring knowledge. It is full of truths that need to be implemented in our lives.

  • Have you changed anything in your life because of what the Bible said?
  • If yes, what?

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Daily Reflection August 1, 2016


Header  Welcome to August

Step Eight:- As part of the process of change, I will identify and record everyone
I have harmed and through prayer become willing to make restitution to them.

Deuteronomy 15:9 Don’t count the cost. Don’t listen to that selfish voice saying, “It’s almost the seventh year, the year of All-Debts-Are-Canceled,” and turn aside and leave your needy neighbor in the lurch, refusing to help him. He’ll call God’s attention to you and your blatant sin.

Step eight is about mending broken relationships and taking responsibility to do whatever we need to do to set things right with our past failures and mistakes. If we are serious about recovery and spiritual growth we will not make excuses for failing to do this step to the best of our ability.

Making a list is to identify what you did wrong and who you did it to. It is not about identifying what other people did wrong and persecuting them for it.

There is one area of my life in which I am totally selfish and I am not ashamed about it. It is in the area of my recovery. It comes before everything else, because without it nothing else matters. I know the Church emphasizes God before everything. Putting recovery first in my life does not diminish the position of God in the process, it strengthens it.

If you take God out of the Twelve Steps of recovery you are left with the first setp and nowhere to go.

  • How important is recovery to you?
  • Where is God in the process

Prayer: God help me today to understand the importance of
recovery in my life and Your involvemebt in it.

Long-existent tragedies start with a tiny spark, which was fanned and gradually became a bushfire


The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them. Proverbs 21:12

We live in a topsy-turvy world. Every week it seems an elected government is overthrown. Crime is on the increase, insecurity and confusion reign. In homes where there one was peace violence, addiction, unemployment and financial instability steal the headlines. Those in authority, whilst talking big in the final analysis usually make concessions that add fuel to the fire of social problems, and deal too lightly with the rampant ills of society. Individually, we can fail too, in getting to grips with self-destruction.

Avoiding dealing with our problems has always been a human weakness. But it’s hypocritical to criticise others for their failures when we ourselves refuse to do anything worthwhile.

MEDITATION
Calamity can strike overnight, but long-existent tragedies start with a tiny spark, which was fanned and gradually became a bushfire. Addiction is like that; our civilisation did not take long to learn how to concoct mood-altering drugs. Drugs which produce dependency. Destructive to families, society and every nation. ‘Police forces cannot stop drugs.’ Only people can stop drugs. Somewhere, there is a solution, but I don’t know where it is. The only solution I am aware of is ‘The Word of God’the Bible, and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER
Lord, cut the cords that hold me to addiction, free me please. Lay on me Your will for my life and sever me from my past.

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