At one time we too acted like fools. We didn’t obey God. We were tricked. We were controlled by all kinds of longings and pleasures. We were full of evil. We wanted what belongs to others. People hated us, and we hated one another. But the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared. He saved us. It wasn’t because of the good things we had done. It was because of his mercy. He saved us by washing away our sins. We were born again. The Holy Spirit gave us new life. Titus 3:3-5 NLT
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!
True wisdom and real power belong to God; from him we learn how to live, and also what to live for. In awe before the glory, in awe before God’s visible power. Stand at attention! Dress your best to honour him! I’m filled with God’s power, filled with God’s Spirit of justice and strength. He set the power of salvation in the centre of our lives. What comes next is very important: I [Jesus] am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high.
Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.” Then he said, “It’s happened. I’m A to Z. I’m the Beginning, I’m the Conclusion. From Water-of-Life Well I give freely to the thirsty. Conquerors inherit all this. I’ll be God to them, they’ll be sons and daughters to me.
God the Creator is also God the Re-Creator. He created us in His image and we messed it up, our sinful natures leading us toward destruction. We see evidence through our wrong decisions, actions and attitudes.
God will have the final judgement on each of us and He promises to make ‘everything new’ if we are willing to turn our lives over to His care and control and trust Him in every area of our lives.
When you are discouraged, and feel like giving up remember God’s promise. When you see no way forward look to Jesus. And, be prepared for that which is yet to come.
“Lock the door.” Jesus said. Shut out the world and unlock the door to God by separating yourself from everything else. This is an invitation to intimate relationship with God.
Psalm 91:1-6 describes something of the unique positioning of a believer who obeys God. It is the secret of right living, the avenue of God-consciousness, the means of divine transformation.
Quiet time in recovery is an important avenue of our spiritual growth.
“When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”Matthew 6:6
Show me Lord how to put all I have learned into daily practice. Thank You for the invitation to meet with You intimately and personally to seek you assistance in my recovery.
The willingness to share or stories, without holding back from the truth is one of the main contributions to the success of our meetings and recovery. Sharing encourages understanding, interest, support and fellowship. We feel better once we have been able to share our experience, strength and hope with others. Others benefit from our testimonies and open confession, gaining strength and hope for themselves.
“This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren’t sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let’s go back and tell the people at the palace.” 2 Kings 7:9
I pray that I may know the God in the universe in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ in a way that I can openly share with others daily something of the Good News as it has helped me.