Titus 2:11 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!
Recovery is available to everyone through a personal relationship with Jesus but a lot of people are not ready or willing to pursue it. I am always surprised when people tell me they know how to achieve recovery and don’t.
God is ready to give us the gift of recovery and forgive us the things we have done wrong in the past. If we are prepared to accept change and implement it. Accepting God’s gift becomes dangerous when we justify bad choices and behavior. Sometime we may think it is easier to go along with things we know are wrong than do what we need to in order to change.
Romans 4:14 If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and filling out all the right forms properly signed, that eliminates personal trust completely and turns the promise into an ironclad contract! That’s not a holy promise; that’s a business deal.
We never really know how bad we are, until we try to change. It is true we become more aware of how selfish we are when we start to care for others. We do not appreciate the defects in our character that are dragging us down until we try to practice right behaviors. It is a big task to depart from our own way of doing things to doing things Gods way.
We limit Christ, minimize His excellence when we allow sin to rule within us. Romans 1:7 says “I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be His own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.”
We are called to be Gods own people, but it is the character of Jesus Christ that saves us. Through spiritual growth, His character changes us and shapes us into the people God calls us to be. Our part is subjection to His Lordship in our lives. His part is to plead with God on our behalf.
1 John 2:1 If anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One who is truly righteous.
Focus Verse: Ezekiel 11:21 “‘Not those who are self-willed and addicted to their rotten images and obscene idols! I’ll see that they’re paid in full for what they’ve done.”
As we admit our sins and repent God will forgive and heal us.
WE ARE ALL ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD.
2 Corinthians 5:10 Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad.
EVERYTHING WE DO AFFECTS OTHERS
Proverbs 13:20 Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
ACCOUNTABILITY MEANS TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Matthew 12:37 “Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
2 Timothy 3:16 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.
The Bible is the eternal word of the Living God. Ot is powerful, personal, indespensible and indestructible. It originated in the mind of God, it is communicated by men and women vy the Spirit of God. 2 Peter 1:21 “It’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.” All Scripture is God breathed yet shaped into final word by the personlaity God chooses to use. The Bible is not passive instruction but a unique way of expressing the truth of God and His vital message for mankind.
Over many centuries the plan and purposes of God have unfolded in progressive revelation. Our purpose for spending personal time daily reading God’s Word and seeking His purpose for our lives needs to be one directed towards discovery of unity. One Book for all people.
Matthew 26:31 Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert Me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Betrayal; The sin of Judas, has been despised by millions, since the day when he sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Perhaps it of little or no relevance that many have sold Jesus for far less and some for much more. Judas chose deliberately, yet immediately the act was completed misery overcame him. Self-condemnation, resolve to try and make amends, remorse, ridding himself of the blood-money, confession and tears could not alleviate the torment he experienced.
The Gospel of John states (v 13:3) Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God. Jesus knew what was going to happen. He knew Judas was going to turn his back on Him and dismiss the benefits of following Him as invalid. By personal decision, Judas distanced himself from the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind and he did it in the darkness of night. Always night for the soul that repudiates renounces and refuses Jesus Christ as ‘The One True Higher Power.’
Judas is not a role model to emulate. each of us has to face up to the question asked by Pilate Matthew 27:22 “What should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” A verdict is required; each of us as individuals must decide an answer. Do we dare be uncaring of Jesus the Christ? Or should we desire to be caring of Him? If the answer is yes we need to make an immediate start.
What can I offer the Lord for all He has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me. I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all His people. Psalms 116:12-14
Alone, facing oneself, there can be an awful feeling of our nothingness; gloom descends; spiritual orphanage is real; vitality is dead. Destructive inertia accompanies sulking. Depressive moods can be like living in a haunted house. Allowing ourselves to get ‘fed up’ invites trouble. Self-centredness is largely the result of boredom. Isolation promotes it. Monotony fertilizes it. Unrewarding work will help make us acceptable to this infection.
It is dangerous to dwell long with exposure to despair. Distraction can be an immediate antidote to it. Deliverance is possible if we quickly renounce any aimlessness, confusion, and self-pity. Remaining a captive of boredom can be soul-destroying and fatal. Distraction lies in turning our wills and lives over to the care of God.
Genesis 3:8 The man and his wife heard the Lord God walking in the garden. It was the coolest time of the day. They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Voices everywhere: many are meaningful. The right voice can save us, but the wrong voice can destroy us. Every human voice has its own identity and significance “…… so many kinds of voices in the world, and no kind is without signification.” 1 Corinthians 14:10 Some voices seem to hammer on our ears, with such volume and intensity we find them intolerable and wish they were drowned out.
Adam and Eve gave more value to the voice of the devil than to the voice of God, committing all of us to the same mistake. There is no one who has not at times given preference to the voice of Satan. Thousands of voices seek our attention with their priorities. The voice of the enemy of our souls maybe backing their appeal.
When we make a conscious choice in recovery to ‘Turn our wills and lives over to God.’ we break-away from being tuned to the devil. We affirm Exodus 19:8 “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Jesus said “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. “John 5:24 It is inconceivable that if we want to hear the voice of God, He will not speak.
The world’s bombardment of our minds can shut out a ‘still small voice.’ Confusion can mystify us. But when we fix our attention firmly to hear what God is saying to our spirits, He will not be silent. Hebrews 12:25 “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.”
Psalms 119:66 Increase my knowledge and give me the good sense because I believe in your commands.
Have confidence in God’s involvement in your spiritual growth. I knew a guy once. Shared a half-way house with Him in early recovery, who believed the way for God to help Him was to write out the Bible word for word.
I am not saying that was a bad thing but there was no evidence of any change in him because of it. Other than the fact he would get down on himself if he didn’t write the Bible every day.
I don’t believe God wants us to kill ourselves doing things that have no obvious effect on our character.
This verse says give me common sense. We all know the difference between right and wrong and God wants us to live right.
- How is God showing You to live Your life today?
Psalms 69:5 God, you know how foolish I’ve been. My guilt is not hidden from you.
God knows everything about us. Knowing the foolish things that we have done hasn’t stopped Him loving us.
It is foolish for any of us to think we can achieve recovery without God’s help. We become foolish we rely more on ourselves than we do on Him. Psalm 14:1 says Foolish people say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They do all kinds of horrible and evil things. No one does anything good.
I can relate to this verse. I remember so much of my life before I invited Jesus to share it. Doing the wrong thing and justifying wrong things as right things for my own selfish ambitions.
- What foolish things do you still do and justify you need to stop?
Psalms 51:3 I know the lawless acts I’ve committed. I can’t forget my sin.
The chorus of a song in The Salvation Army Songbook says:
No more! No more! He remembers sins no more, they are pardoned forever, and he will never Bring them up against me anymore. I’ll hear no more of the evil days of yore; I’m a pardoned offender, And God will remember them no more.
So why do we keep beating ourselves up? Forgiveness from God is final. That doesn’t mean we have a license to keep making bad choices and doing the wrong things. What it does mean is if I seriously and honestly confess my sin to God and trust Him to help me change He will.
Recovery is about life change. Life change is about living right from here on.
- Are you hanging onto old hurts and habits?