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)

Day 364 – 30th December 2013

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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.

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.”

Turn to God

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.

Our recovery costs God

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.

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God as a Heavenly Father

Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church Pastor Andrew Fisher spoke about looking at the characteristics of ‘God our Heavenly Father.

The message today made me think about my characteristics as ‘Dad, the earthly Father.’ I can say to anyone of my three children “Guess what” and they will each reply “I know Dad you love me.” They know that because I like to tell them as often as I can.

Today I found myself asking myself “do they really know it?” “would I want me as a Father.” I need to answer honestly -SOMETIME.

Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church God challenged me to make sure when I ask that question in future to my three wonderful children to make sure they understand what it means to love them unconditionally, constantly no matter what they do, say or become as they move from childhood to adulthood.

When you tell your kid’s you love them, do they believe you and understand what it means?