Tag: Truth

2022 | Day Six | Morning Harmony


Throw yourself into this work for Christ. Think it over. God will make it all plain.  Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It’s what you’ve heard all along.  Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace,  faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. 

The Bible is not just a book we need to read. We need to understand it, what it means for us personally, and we need to apply it. When we don’t understand it we need to seek help from those who do. A good way of doing that is to get involved in a small group. Over the years I have been in a number of small groups and found them to be indispensable. Listening to others, and what God is saying to them is always helpful. It has always amazed me how people all around this world can read a passage of God’s Word and receive a different message from the Holy Spirit.

2022 | Day Four | Morning Harmony

God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. 2 Timothy 2:19

Some of the people we meet in recovery distort the truth. Some dilute it, others like to spout their own truth. Or some simply want o delete God from the recovery process.

The solid foundation of God’s Word never changes. “He’s the same today as yesterday, My great unchanging friend.”

When we read, meditate on and follow His truth we will know His will for our lives.

2 Timothy 2:20-21 says “In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.”

Paul urged Timothy to be the kind of person God can use for His purpose. As we grow spiritually in the process of recovery, we need to allow God to use us to get His message across to those still suffering the negative effect of their addiction and compulsions.

Staying close to God and keeping His commandments as we grow in His strength and His power as we work through the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery needs to become a daily priority in our lives.






Prayer:
Just for today Lord show me Your will for my life, learn what I need to learn and apply what I need to apply for You to use me.

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.

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?

Overwhelming GUILT

STEP FIVE:
On completion of my list of sinful habits, I will confess them to God
and to someone that I trust. 

BIBLE READING: I’m on the edge of losing it— the pain in my gut keeps burning. I’m ready to tell my story of failure, I’m no longer smug in my sin. My enemies are alive and in action, a lynch mob after my neck. I give out good and get back evil from God-haters who can’t stand a God-lover. Psalms 38:17-20

FOCUS VERSE: Psalms 38:18  I’m ready to tell my story of failure, I’m no longer smug in my sin.

By the mercy and truth of God in Christ Jesus, the power of sin is broken.
Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil. Proverbs 16:6

Our hearts are affected by the excellence of the Word of God
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. Psalms 19:13

Confessing our sin to another person is an important step in the process of spiritual growth
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. James 5:16

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Overwhelmed by guilt I came to recovery. Not because I wanted to but because I had nowhere else to go. Troubled by the mess I had made of my life I wanted to do better. I didn’t want to keep living the lies and the crisis I existed in daily.

The only way out for me was God. Admitting what I had done wrong to Him was one of the greatest reliefs I have ever experienced in my life. To tell him about things I had never told anyone about, and seek His help in changing them was a saving grace in my recovery journey. I held nothing back because I was aware if I failed again I was finished.

Dramatic but true I was troubled by my sin. The solution to the solution was confession and repentance.

How are you dealing with the guilt?


Prayer: God help me to deal with the guilt. Help me to be honest with You about it and do whatever You prompt me to do to fix it.

JESUS CHRIST – Light of The World

We dare to say these good things about ourselves only because of our great trust in God through Christ, that he will help us to be true to what we say, 2 Corinthians 3:4

God’s touch is on the skies, the heavens, the natural world of color, and beauty because He made it. His touch is on all of us because He made us. But right from the tragic moment of transgression in Eden, He chose to reveal Himself in visitation mode. The light bringer, born in a manger in Bethlehem brought His power to overthrow the powers of darkness that contest our interest. Victorious He stands over death and hell. He stands above everything and we can fall into worshipping things instead of worshipping Him. He draws us into His Kingdom of light and truth. But He leaves the choice to follow or reject Him entirely up to us. Will you choose to follow Him?

Morning Harmony #55

REPENTANCE

Think about where you have fallen from, and then turn back and do as you did at first. If you don’t turn back, I will come and take away your lampstand.
Revelation 2:5

The first post in the ministry of Jesus Christ was to call men and women to ‘repentance‘ No withdrawal of that command has ever been issued. Matthew 4:17 Jesus started preaching, “Turn back to God! The kingdom of heaven will soon be here.” We cannot bypass it, we dare not dilute it, we must not dismiss it lightly; it has to be an engaging word for us each for the term of our natural lives.

Repentance is a prerequisite to change life. It is the first thing to do when we ‘make a decision to let God help us change‘ It is the one thing required before God takes over in reclaiming our sin-ruined lives. Pleading and pardoning can only occur and be effective if SIN is realized as rampant and recognized as repulsive in our lives.

Repentance precedes forgiveness. It is not a once-in-a-lifetime exercise. It needs to be practiced daily.

Sin is shortness – a failure to measure up, weakness in attaining, backing away from God. Romans 3:23 Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal.

Repentance is the message of recall when we say NO! to God. A word of encouragement to recapture our rightful place in relationship with Him. Never be afraid to repent but don’t treat it lightly. 2 Peter 2:21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.

What The Bible Says

I have had one message for Jews and Gentiles alike—the necessity of turning from sin to God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21

“You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations–starting from here, from Jerusalem! Luke 24:46-47


Did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. Romans 2:4


Come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God.Hebrews 6:1


#Repent #Turn #Truth


PRAYER
Thank You Lord, that I can come to You in penitence and prayer for help. Save me from my sin, and keep me from repition of failure and error.

Verse For Today

“When you pray, do not keep talking on and on the way ungodly people do. They think they will be heard because they talk a lot. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need even before you ask him.Matthew 6:7-8

This week I am going through Bill Hybels study ‘Too Busy Not To Pray” It is not the first time I have gone through this study but right now in my spiritual walk I feel I need to focus more on prayer as I also feel I am entering a new phase in my ministry and mission where I need the Holy Spirits guidance as I seek to know God’s will, His guidance of how it will evolve and trust Him to lead me in His timing.

In the book ‘Too Busy Not Pray’ Bill Hybels says of our ministry and mission.

  • Will it bring glory to God?
  • Will it advance the Kingdom?
  • Will it help people?
  • Will it help me grow spiritually?

To all of these questions I answer YES!

In his book Bill Hybels says their are some a number of reasons God isn’t answering our prayers.

  • Prayerlessness
    You want something, but you can’t get it. You kill and want what others have. But you can’t have what you want. You argue and fight. You don’t have what you want, because you don’t ask God. James 4:2
  • Unconfessed sin
    Your sins have separated you from your God. They have caused him to turn his face away from you. So he won’t listen to you. Isaiah 59:2
  • Unresolved relational conflict
    “Suppose you are offering your gift at the altar. And you remember that your brother has something against you. Leave your gift in front of the altar. First go and make peace with your brother. Then come back and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24
  • Selfishness
    When you do ask for something, you don’t receive it. Why? Because you ask for the wrong reason. You want to spend your money on your sinful pleasures. James 4:3
  • Uncaring attitudes
    If you refuse to listen to the cries of poor people, you too will cry out and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13
  • Inadequate faith
    What I’m about to tell you is true. Suppose one of you says to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea.’ You must not doubt in your heart. You must believe that what you say will happen. Then it will be done for you. Mark 11:23

pg 95 “If the truth be known, often you and I are the obstacles standing in the way of us receiving a desperately needed miracle.” I don’t want to be so today I am making a conscious to spend more time in the presence of my ‘One True Higher Power’ seeking His will for my life and His power to carry it out.

#Prayer #Truth #Faith

Discussion Starter #27

Don’t Trust Feelings

I have never liked the taste of alcohol, even when I drank. I drank for the feeling.

When I realised I had a drinking problem, it was destroying my life and would probably result in my dying, I drank for the feeling.

I had a discussion with someone just recently about the insanity of addiction’ and our disregard of consequences for the sake of the feeling.

The best definition I have ever heard of insanity is ‘Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.’

  • It’s time to stop ignoring the feeling and start concentrating on reality.

We were slaves; yet even as slaves, our God didn’t abandon us. Love God, listening obediently to Him, firmly embracing Him. He is life itself

It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.

Become the kind of person God can use to present any and every kind of gift to His guests for their blessing. Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness–faith, love, peace–joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.

#Feelings #Guide #Truth

Payer: Lord, help me not to be guided by feelings but to be guided by You and Your truths.

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