Bold people risk their lives to do what is right. The Bible is full of examples of people willing to sacrifice everything and put their lives on the line to obey God or save others. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. Daniel 3:16-17
Bold people risk their reputation to do what is right. Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. Luke 23:50-51
Bold people are bold in representing Christ. After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
Psalms 39:8 Save me from all the wrong things I’ve done. Don’t let foolish people make fun of me.
Criticism from others comes in two forms constructive and destructive.
It is my experience people who want you to move forward in recovery offer constructive criticism and it is motivated by love. People who really don’t want you in recovery for whatever reason offer destructive criticism often to cover their own faults and failures.
With both forms of criticism, my advice is patience. Recovery is about getting to know God and yourself. Step seven is about changing your character to bring it into line with God’s character.
The best person to listen to when it comes to recovery is God. No matter what criticism you receive from others.
- Are you listening to God?
Our life has been unmanageable and out of control. When we admit our powerlessness and turn our life over to God, we not only start the recovery process but also take the first steps toward finding true joy.
Psalms 127:1 Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.
We have been in the building business since childhood, building our lives. Many of us with problems making a mess of things. Unless we construct with God’s help it’s no wonder we ended up with shabby results.
Unless the Lord builds …… our adulthood, our marriages, our family, our career our efforts are in vain. If your life is currently in a shambles now is a good time to recommence from scratch. The possibilities for life under construction are enormous, Going it alone is little to look forward to. Only God can build into our lives that which is eternal or of lasting quality.
Psalms 37:23 If the Lord is pleased with the way a man lives, he makes his steps secure.
To please God, we need to change our sinful habits and attitudes. When we do He makes all the parts of our lives fit together.
Whilst on the Bridge Program I wrote a five-year plan. Directed by God in every area of my life He showed me His plan.
Now you would think with a five-year plan from God on every area of my life the way forward should have been easy. It wasn’t, because even though I had given my life to God and was doing my best to follow Him in a number of areas of my life I still thought the same as I always had and acted accordingly.
Pleasing Him and receiving God’s gifts means putting in time not just getting to know His Word but getting to know Him on a personal intimate level.
- How are you getting to know God personally?
The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” “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. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it– What God has arranged for those who love Him. You’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God and brings out what God planned all along. John 14:26 ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 ~ Isaiah 55:8 ~ John 3:16
Proverbs 28:1 The wicked are edgy with guilt, ready to run off even when no one’s after them; Honest people are relaxed and confident, bold as lions.
What do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? Romans 8:31
Monday 16th July at Living Life Recovery
Psalms 37:6 He will make your godly ways shine like the dawn. He will make your honest life shine like the sun at noon.
God wants to use you to encourage others. He did it with me and He wants to do it with you. That is why as we go through this process of becoming what God wants us to be we need to get it right.
God provides opportunities for us through the process of recovery. Learning opportunities where we learn more about ourselves and Him. It never stops! There is still so much about me I don’t know. Stuff that has not yet been dealt with in my sinful habits and attitudes. I know that because all the time memories are coming back to me about things I had forgotten in my past. The reason I believe it happens is that the more I grow spiritually the more God equips me to handle. He makes me aware of things to make me more like Jesus s I deal with them.
- What are your God-given opportunities?
- How are you using them?
“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Step Twelve Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.
Jesus told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations.” Matthew 28:18-19