Tag: Trouble

2022 | Day Thirteen | Discussion Starter


Throw out anything tainted with evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

I learned bad habits by doing bad things. I did bad things because they felt good. Notice I said ‘they felt good’ not ‘they were right.’

Recovery is about doing the right thing. We are all born knowing the difference between right and wrong. Most of us end up in trouble because we choose to do wrong. I did.

In recovery and in life the best source I have found to learn the right thing from is the Bible.  God created us in His image and He gave us His Word as a guide of how to live life as He wants us to.

  • Do you read the Bible?

  • Do you Pray?

  • If not, why not?

  • Are you willing to start?

Prayer: God today give me a desire to do the right thing. Give me a thirst to know Your Word and to apply it to my life.

don’t take God for Granted

Psalm 18:21 Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted.

bad habits are as bad as vandalism

Proverbs 18:9 Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.

listening to god is a good habit to adapt

Romans 6:17-18  Thank God you’ve started listening to a new master,  one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!

prayer is a good HABit to adapt

Acts 10:1-2  There was a man named Cornelius who lived in Caesarea, captain of the Italian Guard stationed there.  He was a thoroughly good man. He had led everyone in his house to live worshipfully before God, was always helping people in need, and had the habit of prayer.

2021 | Day 363 | Morning Harmony

My troubles turned out all for the best— they forced me to learn from your textbook. Truth from your mouth means more to me than striking it rich in a gold mine. Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times. It is better to be confronted by the God now than to face a fiery confrontation later. Distress that drives us to God turns us around. Gets us back to His way of thinking and behaving. Jesus said “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life

MEDITATION

Think about when you first came to recovery/ How you felt. How you responded to the process and your own progress in those early day’s. If you are like me God’s Word and personal relationship with the Holy spirit mad all the difference in you attitude, belief and behaviour. You relaised God’s way of Living Life Recovery, though difficult at times and confronting more often than not was a better way fo living than you could have imagined for yourself. You realized by facing the things He placed before you and deealing with them with His help life got better and you were better equipped to live with it. Jesus offers us all a batter way of living than the lives we used to live. He encourages us to live by His example, in His presence so we can grow spiritually on a daily basis and be used by Him to help others to do the same.

PRAYER

Thank you Lord for all you have done in and through my life up to this point. As I apporach this ‘New Beginning’ this new year equip me to keep ‘Moving Forward’ open to being used by You in this mission of introducing others to You and what You8 can and will do for them.

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

Verse of The Day


Jesus didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! Romans 15:4

#33 Daily Reflection


Commit to Change

John 12:46I have come into the world to be a light. No one who believes in me will stay in darkness.”

Commitment to reuniting us with God and helping us to change our lives is why Jesus came to earth. All He asks of us is that we believe in Him.

I have always been a believer. As a kid going to Sunday school and to the Boy’s Brigade I believed in God and that Jesus is His Son.

What I didn’t believe was that I needed Him to show me how to live my life. I believed I was a good person. From a worldly point of view, I did all the right things. I just drank too much and got in trouble too often. I also didn’t believe I lived in darkness. I did what everyone around me did.

 

  • Do you believe God exists?
  • Do you believe He has a Son called Jesus?
  • Do you want to come out of the dark?

Prayer: Help me today to believe in You, God and lead me out of my darkness.

#4 4o Days of Recovery


img_20180617_144406Why Recovery?

Tonight I was meant to present the first message in the series ‘4o Days of Recovery” If you were looking forward too it I apoligise. I got home from work late and I was too tired, but I will post the elcome message over this weekend.
1Jn 1:5-10  says “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts.”

We all need recovery becaues we all have troubles
Jesus says in John 16:33 “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Recovery is not easy. entry into it does not guarantee us a trouble free life. If it did we would have no need of a Saviour and no need of God’s interbention in our troubles. And, if it did we wiuld not appreciate the opportunities God presents to us o a daily basis.

Job said Job 3:26 “I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.”
Job 42:2  “I know that you can do anything and that no one can stop you.

Through Jobs faith in God Job 42:12-13 tells us The Lord blessed Job at the end of his life more than at the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.God also gave him seven more sons and three more daughters. For some of us we may hae to wait longer than others for the blessings to be evident. Don’t quuit before they do.

We all need recovery because Proverbs 13:21 Tells us “Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.”

Psalms 7:16 The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads. We can’t recieve recovery if we are still harbouring resentments towards others,

Ecclesiastes 8:6 There is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble. When God knows we are ready everything will fall into place in our lives.

We need recovery because we all suffer rebellion
My favourite verse in the Bible is Hebrews 3:15 “Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” When God speaks to you listen and do what He tells you to do. even if you don’t understand it. How often in the past have we walked blindly into the wrong things. Now is the time to walk faithfully into the right things,

In Job 13:23  Job asks God to “Tell me, what have I done wrong? Show me my rebellion and my sin. Are we ready through the process of recovery for God to show us our rebellion and our sin?
Psalms 51:3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. I can realte to  that. Can you?

Psalms 39:8 Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me. We will all have mockers as we go through this process of recovery.Through it we need to learn to trust God and lean on Him.

We all need recovery because we all need peace
1 Peter 3:11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
Psalms 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
Psalms 29:11 The Lord gives His people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Matthew 5:9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

Romans 8:6 says “Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
Hebrews 12:14 says “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Not easy but necessary.

That’s God! With Him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. Every time I’m in trouble I call on Him, confident that He will answer. Far better to take refuge in Him than trust in people.

We all need recovery because it leads to humilty
James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.

Colossians 3:12 Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Matthew 5:5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

Matthew 23:12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Psalms 25:9 He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them His way.
Psalms 69:32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.

Psalms 147:6 The Lord supports the humble, but He brings the wicked down into the dust.

Psalms 149:4 The Lord delights in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.

We all need recovery because our motives are mixed up
James 4:3 Even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

Proverbs 16:2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.

1 Chronicles 29:17 God,  You examine our hearts and rejoice when You find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched Your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of–inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God. (msg)

We all need recovery because we are all sinners
1 John 1:8 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense.

We are all Blasphemers
Matthew 12:31
“I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. (Blasphemy – defaming or speaking evil against God)

We all lead others astray
Mark 9:42
 “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in Me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck.

John 16:9 says “The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in Me.”

Romans 5:17 says “The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one Man, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 6:7 promises When we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.
Romans 6:12 says we should  “not let sin control the way you live; not give in to sinful desires.” We can’t do that in our own strength. If we could we already would have but we can’t and that is WHY we all need recovery. Welcome to the ‘4o Days of Recovery’ 

 

#2098 The Word For Recovery


The WORD For RecoveryProverbs 24:1-2 Don’t envy bad people; don’t even want to be around them. All they think about is causing a disturbance; all they talk about is making trouble.

#2097 God is Good

God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, No matter how desperate the trouble. But cozy islands of escape He wipes right off the map. No one gets away from God. Why waste time conniving against God? He’s putting an end to all such scheming. For troublemakers, no second chances. Like a pile of dry brush, Soaked in oil, they’ll go up in flamesNahum 1:7 

#2044 Pack Up Your Troubles and Smile


TroublesWe continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary–we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!  Romans 5:3-5

#2029 None of Us is Living a Perfect Life


Reflections CoverActs 15:12-21 There was dead silence. No one said a word. With the room quiet, Barnabas and Paul reported matter-of-factly on the miracles and wonders God had done among the other nations through their ministry. The silence deepened; you could hear a pin drop. James broke the silence. “Friends, listen. Simeon has told us the story of how God at the very outset made sure that racial outsiders were included. This is in perfect agreement with the words of the prophets: After this, I’m coming back; I’ll rebuild David’s ruined house; I’ll put all the pieces together again; I’ll make it look like new So outsiders who seek will find, so they’ll have a place to come to, All the pagan peoples included in what I’m doing. “God said it and now he’s doing it. It’s no afterthought; he’s always known he would do this. “So here is my decision: We’re not going to unnecessarily burden non-Jewish people who turn to the Master. We’ll write them a letter and tell them, ‘Be careful to not get involved in activities connected with idols, to guard the morality of sex and marriage, to not serve food offensive to Jewish Christians–blood, for instance.’ This is basic wisdom from Moses, preached and honored for centuries now in city after city as we have met and kept the Sabbath.” 

thought_for_todayEverybody needs recovery because “we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Jesus God is the ultimate directorof all recovery. As we submit to His will for our lives. Regardless of where we are starting from. When we carefully keep His ‘Principles of Recovery’ He will show us what is essential for us to beccome all created us to be with His help.

James 1:1-4 I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

Everybody has problems, they are a fact of life. None of us lives a trouble free life. God is the source of a widom in life. A lot of the problems in our lives are created by our own decisions. Step Eleven says: “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.” When we do we improve our conscious contact with Him and He will reveal ways to us to overcome whateve problems our circumstancea and life throws at us.

 

 

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