Balance in self-evaluation

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Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

We know the importance of watching ourselves closely. We must be on constant guard against sin that can lead to relapse. We also need to keep watch on what we believe just as closely. wrong beliefs can be the starting point to return of our old attitudes, habits and behaviours. Keep watch for people who may try to persuade you that your new way of living is not as important as the old way. Persevere in balanced self-evaluation of your spiritual progress. (STEP 10)

When others let you down

My life at the moment is pretty much caught up in other peoples agendas. And, as a follower of Jesus I try as best I can to ‘go with the flow.’ But sometimes it’s difficult.

When others agendas change and you find you have wasted a lot of effort on things that no longer matter, (at least I learned some new skills) it’s hard to grin and bare it. And, with some of their agenda changes I get angry. When I get angry I find myself asking God “what am I angry about?”

One of those changes of agenda happened recently. And I confess I have been carrying a bit of anger, hurt, disappointment because of it.

Now I don’t know about you but in my make up when I get angry, hurt and disappointed my first reaction is usually ‘ATTACK’ ‘GET EVEN’ ‘HURT THEM.’ Glad to say I didn’t: I stopped, I prayed and I began reading the Bible, asking God to give me something to help me through the anger, hurt and disappointment. To change my attitude and my heart and show me what to do.

He led me here:John 5:30 I am able to do nothing from Myself independently, of My own accord—but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders. Even as I hear, I judge I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision, and My judgment is right just, righteous, because I do not seek or consult My own will I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

Thank You Lord, for helping me understand “I can do nothing on my own.” “I need to wait on You to decide what is next.” I need to trust that as well as having my best interests at heart, You also have the best interests of others. Help me today to patiently wait on your next plan for my agenda. Amen

Complacency can lead to lukewarm faith

I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.
Revelation 3:15

This week I have become very aware of the potential of me becoming complacent because of the opportunities God presents in my life. In a small group this week I listened as one person declared “I come her to see Archie, because he won’t lie to me, even when I don’t want to hear what he has to say.” Another related how I had shared with him the love I have of being in the Church at Melbourne Project 614, sitting alone, up on the balcony and listening to the Holy Spirit. He said “I don’t believe the Holy Spirit is in the building I believe He is in you.”

 I realized as I sat down last night to do my daily inventory the potential to  make it all about me. I stopped and I prayed ‘Lord, help me, in all of my dealings with others to give glory to You!’

It is easy for us all, as we grow in recovery and faith to concentrate more on self, than Him if we are  not careful.

The verses above point out that God knows us inside out and He is not going to be impressed with lukewarm faithwith us putting self before othersor self before God.

Today it is my prayer that when people look at me and all that has changed in me and in my life they will not see me but see Jesus, the One True Higher Power.

By myself I am nothing, my Lord and Savior does the work.

Merry Christmas!

 The same God that gives us the ability to work gives us the ability to rest. Today at Melbourne Project 614 the staff met for lunch together. To pause, reflect on the achievements of 2013 and to encourage each other to prepare for 2014.

After the lunch was finished some of us were sitting together, wondering what to do next, when someone said “I feel a bit guilty as I don’t have any client appointments this afternoon.”

In the Bible God tells us we need to take time to rest, to reflect on what has happened and to recharge for what is ahead. And, we do not have to feel guilty about that.

This Christmas many of us will stop for a time of rest and relaxation. My prayer is that God will refresh us as bring s back READY to embrace the opportunities He has in-store for us each.

Merry Christmas!

We are called to lead people to God (not away from Him)

Jeremiah 23 The Lord declares:

I will send disaster upon the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were to care for.  Instead of leading my flock to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. And now I will pour out judgment upon you for the evil you have done to them. And I will gather together the remnant of my flock from wherever I have sent them and bring them back into their own fold, and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will appoint responsible shepherds to care for them, and they shall not need to be afraid again; all of them shall be accounted for continually.

The time is coming, says the Lord, when I will place a righteous Branch upon King David’s throne. He shall be a King who shall rule with wisdom and justice and cause righteousness to prevail everywhere throughout the earth.And this is his name: The Lord Our Righteousness. At that time Judah will be saved and Israel will live in peace.

In that day people will no longer say when taking an oath, “As the Lord lives who rescued the people of Israel from the land of Egypt,”  but they will say, “As the Lord lives who brought the Jews back to their own land of Israel from the countries to which he had exiled them.”

The only thing constant in the world is change

“The Lord rewarded me for doing what is right.” Psalm 118:24

When it comes to change we have a choices:

– resist it or acknowledge it.
– fear it or accept it,
– resent it or adapt to it,

Regardless of the choice we make when it comes to change one thing is certain – IT WILL HAPPEN.

We can’t always control or circumstances but we can always control how we react to change when it happens.

Codependency

when we rescue others from their problems we can cause them to become reliant on us to rescue them again and again. This can cause them to fail to take responsibility for their issues and bad behaviour. We need to avoid the pattern of helping others to satisfy our own need to be needed.

It can be painful to say no to others in need but sometimes the best way to help them is to allow them to work through their problems on their own. This can also bring them to the realisation of their need for recovery and for God.

Next time you are requested to help another ask yourself “I am doing this for them of for me?”

Proverbs 19:19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.