Psalms 31:22 I was afraid and said, “I’ve been cut off from you!” But you heard my cry for your favour. You heard me when I called out to you for help.
Realising I needed God and involving Him in my recovery were two different things.
When God invited me to follow Him my immediate response was YES! But then my pride kicked in. I started to justify in my own mind why I didn’t really need to follow Him.
After reaching rock-bottom and deciding to follow Jesus I began to paint a better picture in my mind of myself than what was really true. Through that realisation I made a concious decision to ‘Let God lead’ and today ‘I’ve Been Changed’
- Are you willing to take an honest look at yourself?
- Are you prepared to change your thinking?
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)
You’re famous for helping; God, give us a break. Your reputation is on the line. Pull us out of this mess, forgive us our sins— do what you’re famous for doing! Psalm 79:9
As the year 2013 draws to an end I am reminded. as I am at most new years of my Scottish heritage.
Above the door in my house hangs the plaque on the left. Which includes the Boyle family crest and motto ‘Dominus Providebit’, which translated says ‘The Lord will provide,’
This year I want to add to it the tartan on the right, in obedience to the scripture in Exodus 20 that says “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
The Morrison Hunting Ancient tartan in honor of my Papa (Grand father) Archie Morrison. Who no matter how many times I messed up was always there to support and encourage me.
The Boyle Family Crest in honor of my Dad (Edward Boyle) whom I lost contact with when he and Mum divorced when i was young but was reunited with when he came to Australia dying of cancer. For all the years of separation one thing I was always confident. My Dad loved me…
The Boyle Family Motto in honor of my heavenly Father who provided and opportunity to overcome my addictions and compulsions and continues to provide in my life opportunities for me and mine to love and serve Him.
And, lastly but in no way least my Mum. who has been my rock all through my life. I have memories of New years eve’s; dressed and waiting for ‘The Bells’ with a glass of Ginger Wine and Shortbread and the Celebration that began as the Bagpipes played ‘Auld lang Syne’ and led to a period of catching up with family and friends, who you may not have seen all year. Yet, you knew from a young age ‘New Year’ is important. A time to reminisce about underachieved goals and plan to do better in the opportunities of the year ahead.
I love my Scottish heritage! and I love my Family!
This year as the New Year rings in it is my prayer we will all take time to remember where we came from and use it to live better, wherever we are.
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.”
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. (Lam 3:22-24)
Our lives are defined by daily cycles. Each day full of fresh opportunities, challenges, risks and sins. As sure as the sunrises each day God’s love is ‘new every morning’ He is always ready to forgive us, heal us and restore us. Everyday He is faithfully supporting us, encouraging us and empowering us.
Whatever you do today, whatever you face, turn to God and allow Him to guide you.
Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. (Rom 5:6)
The word of God’s love to a prodigal race reminds us what it cost God to send Jesus to die for us.
There is only one remedy for sin. It is the salvation purchased for us by Christ at Calvary. We will remain sinners, growing worse, unless we accept from God the salvation that is greater than any sin.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church (the home of Celebrate Recovery) says :‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’
I have been thinking about that a bit lately. I have a job in which I have to care for others. Note I said care for, not necessarily care about. With that in mind I find myself asking the question
What kind of caring does God expect from me?
What He expects I believe is for me to show love through expressing His love for them. To give thanks to Him for those He has placed in my sphere of influence and to pray honestly that His purpose will abound in and through them.
In order to influence others we first need to love them and believe in them. We need to thank God for them and let them know how deeply we care about them.
Then we can let them know how much we know through walking the recovery road together.
Great song by the ‘Corries’ but that’s not what my post is about.
I normally don’t remember what I dream about. But last night’s dream I believe was a Holy Spirit filled revelation.
I was in a room talking to Pastor Rick Warren (I’ve never met the man, but love his work) Talking about ministry. At the end of the meeting he got up, thanked me and left. Only to return and ask me. “Why do you believe what you believe?” to which I replied “I believe that God can and will change the lives of the addicted and afflicted if they would only ask Him too.”
Analyzing the dream when I woke up I contemplated all sorts of scenario’s about why it occurred. I’m not sure any of them were right. But what I am sure of from the dream is this:
God wants each of us to ask Him to do the impossible in and through us. So that He can prove to us and to this lost world we live in He is all loving, all powerful and all caring and He wants us to love Him and others with some of the unending love He has installed in us all through the process we call RECOVERY.
Ecclesiastes 5:3 A dream comes when there are many cares.