Tag: Strength

2022 | Day Thirteen | Morning Harmony


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.

MEDITATION
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!

PRAYER
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.


Thought For Today

Read

Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right, for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception. My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge. Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. Proverbs 8:6-10

Think

Understanding what God is saying to us is important because what He is saying to you isn’t necessarily what He is saying to me. God is a personal God, He knows us all individually. He has a plan for us all individually. For some of us that may be something that has never been seen or done before. He created us in His image, yet He created us all individually.

He speaks plainly to us all (if we are willing to listen) and what He has to say to us individually is more valuable than anything we can ever come up with in our own strength or from a group. But, He may use someone in a group to give us the message He wants us to hear.

Having a Sponsor and/or a mentor in recovery is an important part of the process. They make us look at life from a different perspective and give us insights into the life we have not yet discovered or tried to apply to our daily living.

Pray

Pray today that God will show you the individual or individuals in your life He has chosen to help you on the road to recovery and changed life. And, ask Him to give you the courage and strength you need to approach them and ask them to walk with you, support and guide you as you walk the path God has prepared for you.

Live

Just for today open your mind to the opportunities God has prepared for you and to the inclusion of the people He has chaosen to walk with you.

Time to Listen

Read

Isaiah 22:9-11 You found the weak places in the city walls that needed repair. You secured the water supply at the Lower Pool. You took an inventory of the houses in Jerusalem and tore down some to get bricks to fortify the city wall. You built a large cistern to ensure plenty of water. You looked and looked and looked, but you never looked to him who gave you this city, never once consulted the One who has long had plans for this city.

Think

The leaders of Judah did what they could to prepare for war: They got weapons, inspected the walls, and stored up of good intention which really won’t give us what we need. We balk at the thought of having to rely on God. After spending so much time and energy learning to rely on ourselves. Recovery is war, against our own selfish desires, false pride, and self-reliance. We have looked and looked for the ‘easier softer way’ it speaks about in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Having not found it we need to take notice of the cliche that hangs in many a recovery room and ‘THINK! THINK! THINK’ about our trials and failings and look to the One who has already planned our escape route and strategy.

Pray

Pray today that God will give you the strength to have faith in His ability and availability to help you consult Him, listen to Him and follow His leading ‘Just for Today in order for you to understand His strength in your weakness, establish and build a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and move forward on the road to recovery.

Live

For the next twenty-four hours take time to listen to God, to do what He tells you to do. And, at the end of the day before you go to sleep evaluate His involvement in your day and give Him thanks.

Be all God is calling you to be.

Ephesians 2:11 Says “Don’t take any of this for granted. It was only yesterday that you outsiders to God’s ways

Sometimes we forget where we came from, how we got here and in who’s grace our life has changed. The Bible tells us to be strong and courageous in order for God to use us to lead and influence others in their spiritual journey. Joshua 1:6

There are times in our spiritual journey we feel anything but strong and courageous. At those times God prompts us to lean on Him in the process (remember the footprints in the sand.)

I have walked this road, in God’s presence since 1989. I have changed, dramatically. Not because I wanted to but because I had to. Had I not I have no doubt my life by now would either be over or ruined. God in His wisdom chose me to be His ambassador here on earth. Not because I was the best choice but because I am His choice and He loves me more than I am worth.

Today if you are experiencing doubt, feeling sorry for yourself I encourage you to trust God, let Him lead, let Him change you and let Him remove the doubt in your heart and mind and enable you to become all He is calling you to be.

@ArchieBoyle

A Daily Process

2 Timothy 2:4 A soldier does not take part in things that don’t have anything to do with the army. He wants to please his commanding officer.

As we grow in recovery, we need to grow stronger in our character; stronger in our faith, stronger in our commitment to the process, and stronger in our love for God and His way of living. This is opposed to our being strong in our own strength.

Recovery requires patience. Patience in our prayers, that God will give us understanding in all things.

It is easy after thirty-two years involved in the recovery process to look back and see all the times’ God has intervened in the process of my recovery. It is not always easy to look forward with the same understanding. Trusting God is a daily process.

Discussion Starter #59

Our Father Supplies

Luke 11:3 Give us each day our daily bread.

This prayer in Luke 11 encourages us to look to God as our ‘Father’ who will supply everything we need on a daily basis to progress in recovery.

Living Life Recovery is about exploring the promises of God for yourself at your own pace.

Through my exploration of His promises I discovered the importance of ‘practicing the ‘Spiritual Principles’ of recovery as outlined in ‘God’s Word’ on a daily basis. By doing so I found the strength and freedom I needed to live a ‘productive and practical life.’


Discussion Starters

  1. Do you read the Bible?
    God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. Romans 3:22
  2. What is your favorite verse?
    Here is mine: Never forget the warning, “Today if you hear God’s voice speaking to you, do not harden your hearts against him, as the people of Israel did when they rebelled against him in the desert.” Hebrews 3:15
  3. How has the Bible helped you recover? Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another–showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. 2 Timothy 3:16

#Strength #Freedom #Recovery

Prayer: Lord, help me to develop the disciplines of daily Bible Reading and P rayer

Discussion Starter #43

The Scriptures say that God accepted Abraham because Abraham had faith. Galatians 3:6

As I have stated previously I grew up believing in God. What I didn’t believe is He had anything to offer me, because I believed God’s job was to help the weak and I never saw myself as weak.

I am and have always been a strong willed individual. I see what I want and I go after it.

In recovery this can be a strength or a weakness. Strength because when I made a conscious decision to pursue recovery it was with 100% commitment. Weaknesses because I do not always give the right consideration to other people’s views, and sometimes I have to admit God’s leading. What helps me to overcome this is I believe strongly God is in control of my life and the life of others and I need to let Him lead,

  • Do you believe God is in control?
  • Are you prepared to let Him lead?

#Believe #Prepared #Strength

What The Bible Says

Do your best, prepare for the worst– then trust God to bring victory. Proverbs 21:31

If you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe–some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them–then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong. Romans 14:23

He told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Prayer: Lord today I give complete control of my life.

The Word For Recovery

The Word For Recovery

Proverbs 18:14 A man’s cheerful heart gives him strength when he is sick. You can’t keep going if you have a broken spirit.

As we come to the end of Step One remember where you came from. Remember what has happened to you over the last month. Remember this quote from Joyce Meyer, who says “Even though I am not yet what I am supposed to be. I thank the Lord I am no longer what I used to be.”

#Cheerful #Remember #Strength

Morning Harmony #17

Slaves to Addiction

John 8:34 Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave.

We don’t like to use the word ‘slave’ very often. We certainly don’t like it applied to use or hose we love. But, often people addicted to alcohol and drugs are referred to as being ‘slaves’to addiction’

It is not just those who abuse alcohol and drugs that are slaves. Jesus tells us we are all slaves because we are all sinners. If we are honest with ourselves we will admit that no matter how hard we try to overcome our weaknesses on our own we always fail.

Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. John 8:34-36
#Freedom #Overcome #Strength

LIVING GOD’S WAY BRINGS FREEDOM
I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom. Psalms 119:45

GUARD YOUR FREEDOM
God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a those still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track. 1 Corinthians 8:9

DON’T LET OTHERS ROB YOU OF YOUR FREEDOM
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. Galatians 5:1

Prayer: I pray I will not allow my life to be one of slavery, but one in which I trust God completely to keep me free.

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