1 Corinthians 15:10 By the grace of God I am what I am. Serving God requires us to focus on what He can do through us, not what we can’t do by ourselves.
Sometimes when we experience destruction in our lives or observe it in the lives of others we ask the question “Why did God do this.” Sometimes destruction in our lives is caused by the bad choices and behaviours of others. But more often than not it is caused by our bad choices and behaviours. In recovery we need to accept responsibility for our bad choices and behaviours if we want to move forward.
In the Bible 1 Peter 1:4 says we should live as God’s obedient children. and not slip back into our old ways of living to satisfy our own desires. When things get difficult in life and in recovery it can be tempting to give up, to go back to our old ways of doing things. The only way we can avoid going back is to adopt a healthy and conscious awareness of our weaknesses and need to rely on our strong, loving, just and perfect Higher Power, Jesus Christ.
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! Ephesians 2:8-9
God sent His Son into this world of needy people to tell them God’s Kingdom had arrived and was ready and available for them,
Proverbs 4:1-2 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live. I’m giving you good counsel; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.
Is the advice you have been given in recovery based on facts? Everyone you meet has opinions, but are they “WALKING THE WALK?” Does their walk line-up with God’s Word? Are they consistent in every area of their lives?
We should never be to quick to accept or reject the advice given to us by others. We need to evaluate it carefully and weigh it up against the teachings of God’s Word. Not all messages come from God and the Bible warns us to ‘guard against false teachers.
Psalms 19:4-5 God made a home in the sky for the sun; it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom, like an athlete eager to run a race.
Many people have been confined to a small sunshine corner for brief times of warming when all of their lives were under a heavy cloud of darkness filled with sadness.
Let the sunshine in. Whenever you can open the windows to your soul to bathe in the beauty and love of the One True Higher Power. Sunshine that will paint a new picture on your life. Sunshine that will transform your outlook, change your horizon and bring you hope.
Today’s scripture reminds us that God found a special for the Sun in His planning and He has a special place for each of us as we travel the journey and recovery to discover His purpose for us.
Luke 24:32 Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”
There is nothing like walking daily with God. Nothing like being able to STOP at any point in any day and discuss anything with Him. Praying through difficulties, pondering all the high points and low points of our recovery journey. Asking Him for clarification on all the sign-posts. Presenting ourselves daily to Him to be used for Hs glory.
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20