September 19, 2015

Self-Control

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
—D.A. Carson

Self-control is about paying attention to you attitudes and actions, how the line up against God’s Word and doing something about changing the bad ones: I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil so I can spend all my time keeping your Word. Psalm 119:101

Self-control is about paying attention to what you say or are about to say and making sure it’s true and helpful: The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words. Proverbs 10:19

Self-control is about making sure you plan what you do and where you go and prepare for any problems that may arise: A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out. Proverbs 25:28

Self-control is about taking inventory on you character, looking at where you are failing or can do better and making life growth corrections: Don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, 2 Peter 1:5-6

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2 Timothy 2:15: Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.

Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Hebrews 12:14

1 Peter 3:11: Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth.

August 9, 2015

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Thought for Today
INDIFFERENT ABOUT OBEDIENCE
Bible Reading: Revelation 3:15

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!

Lukewarm water makes a disgusting drink! Indifference leads to idleness and idleness leads to relapse.

When we choose not to get involved in recovery we become self-centered, hardened and self-destructive.

There is nothing worse in recovery than someone who says all the right things, attends all the right meetings yet is self-sufficient and inactive when it comes to service.

Don’t settle for just learning the Steps, apply them to every area of your life on a daily basis. LET GOD FIRE UP YOUR FAITH and get you into ACTION …

Our addictions have kept us from growing up; our recovery allows us to put away childish things

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant.life recovery devitional When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. 1 Corinthians 13:11

Some of us haven’t yet put away childish things. We can’t get back our lost childhood. Demanding immediate pleasure and relief from pain is a defect that ultimately brings unhappiness. We need to let it go and allow God to address the deep, unmet needs from childhood as we work through recovery

You have been called to SHINE!

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 5:16

The world can be broken up into two groups of people:

BELIEVERS: People who are indwelt by God because of Jesus. who realize their spiritual helplessness, show sorrow over sin, and who are hungry for God’s righteousness, merciful and pure in heart because of Jesus,

UNBELIEVERS: People who are proud, self-sufficient, and do not understand their own unrighteousness before a Holy God.

Being a believer means having God’s nature within:
2 Peter 1:4 We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.

Believers must interact with this world of corruption and darkness in order to act bas salt and light:

Matthew 5:13-14 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours 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.

You have been called to SHINE!

2015–Day 100

Jesus tells us to find a quiet, secluded place. a place where we will not be tempted to role-play. A place where you can be yourself, drop your masks and open the door to God, away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Psalm 91:2-6 Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness,not disaster that erupts at high noon.

The Bible gives us the secrets to right living, the avenues of access to God-consciousness, the pathways of life-transformation from physical, emotional and spiritual bankruptcy to health, healing and holinessThe secret of the thrill of wholeness is sharing with God one on one in personal, intimate  relationship.

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Obedience

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.

“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Jesus said “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.

Romans‬ ‭14‬:‭17-18‬
1 Samuel‬ ‭15‬:‭22‬
John‬ ‭14‬:‭15-16‬

Another Year Ending

Psalm 18:39  You armed me well for this fight .

As 2014 ends and I prepare my social media sites and pages for 2015 I am reminded by God that conflict ion the road to recovery is inevitable. Acts 5:29 says We must obey God rather than men.”

There will be situations we will face where it will be impossible for us to obey both God and man. Obedience to God and trusting in His Word in those situations is imperative if we are going to continue to move closer to Him and grow in the process of recovery.

Jesus words in Luke 6:22 need to be an encouragement to us as we face and fight uncomfortable people and circumstances and keep moving forward.

Luke 6:22 
“Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable.”

Day 7 – January 7, 214

Thought:

When we decide to let God have His way with us revolutionary things happen. As they do they can cause us fear and sometimes make us want to run away and return to the familiarity of our addictions and compulsions.  In the scripture below Jonah clearly heard God and knew what was required. He chose to head in the opposite direction.

Today if you are  at a place in your recovery walk where you can hear God, know what He wants you to do, can I suggest you put your faith in Him. Take a RISK and see what happens.

Scripture:

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of  Amittia: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgement against it because I have seen how wicked it’s people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the other direction to get away from the Lord. Jonah 1:1-3

Prayer:

Lord, I get nervous when You ask me to do something I am uncomfortable with. Help me to accept your provision and direction for me and be obedient to your prompting.

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.

Merry Christmas!

 The same God that gives us the ability to work gives us the ability to rest. Today at Melbourne Project 614 the staff met for lunch together. To pause, reflect on the achievements of 2013 and to encourage each other to prepare for 2014.

After the lunch was finished some of us were sitting together, wondering what to do next, when someone said “I feel a bit guilty as I don’t have any client appointments this afternoon.”

In the Bible God tells us we need to take time to rest, to reflect on what has happened and to recharge for what is ahead. And, we do not have to feel guilty about that.

This Christmas many of us will stop for a time of rest and relaxation. My prayer is that God will refresh us as bring s back READY to embrace the opportunities He has in-store for us each.

Merry Christmas!