Matthew 7:12 “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”
One of our biggest problems in the process of recovery is our own self-worth. I spent a lot of my time during my drinking years believing “I’m not enough.,” Because I didn’t put a lot of value on myself it also devalued how I treated and reacted to others.
I came to recovery believing I was not enough. Believing I would never amount to anything. It was through the love and care of those I engaged with through recovery I learned to respect myself, my opinions and my worth. God created us in His image and that makes us enough.
– How do you feel about your own value?
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not a partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.
I have a confession to make “I am not very good at this.” I remember being told to see the good in everyone and help people where ever I can. I love recovery and am passionate about introducing those who are still caught up in the addictions and compulsions to a ‘New Way of Living.’ I cop and put up with a lot of unwarranted and unfriendly flack for that.
1 Peter 3:16 “Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath.” Not always easy. I read recently “You can’t stop people saying wrong things about you, but you can stop supplying them with ammunition.” As long as we are living the best we can with God’s guidance and help nothing can separate us from His love and His presence. We can have confidence in the future, know that He is faithful and be content in Him.
Psalm 46:1 God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains.
Matthew 5:14-16 You are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.
Matthew 27:21 When the governor asked again, “Which of these two shall I release to you?” the crowd shouted back their reply: “Barabbas!”
The Jews took Jesus to Pontious Pilate for trial. Really? It was Pilate who was on trial and the Romans and the Jews. Without having to go to court and face a jury each of us is ‘on trial’
Strangely enough, the question raised by Pilate is still relevant today. It is a case of who or what we decide to release from HOLDING IS CAPTIVE. It is in our hands to send marching those who oppress us, work against us, enslave us and sometimes make money of us.
John 10:10 says “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” John 8:44 says “You are the children of your father the devil and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and a hater of truth—there is not an iota of truth in him. When he lies, it is perfectly normal; for he is the father of liars.”
It is within our willpower to delegate Satan to the defeat he is already under from the victorious Christ. We can give him his marching orders by allowing Jesus to capture us and bringing us into the encirclement of love, a unique captivity by our consent.
The choice is ours! We can either release Satan and His hold on our lives or, release Jesus to be our ‘One True Higher Power.” The choice is ours!
– WHO WILL YOU RELEASE?
The Bible says Romans 5:2 We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand–out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
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John 16:33 “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”
When we turn from our past of disillusionment and attempt to live a new lifestyle, it is not going to be easy. Let’s not kid ourselves. Self-confidence will soon be shattered. The world will not pat us on the back for trying to change our lives. We will run into all types of trials and sorrows. Trials that will distress us, sorrows that will have us thinking “What’s the point?” We may be tempted to ‘Throw in the towel’ to ‘Give up before we get going.’
Jesus summons us to trustingly ‘Keep throwing ourselves upon Himself’ because He has “Overcome the world” and cheerfully invites our participation in the victory He has attained.
John 3:16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”