Self-confident individuals settle for what they have and what they are

The Lord is great and worthy of praise. He is more awesome than any of the “gods.” Psalm 96:4

What an inspiring message for anyone who believes in God. He dares us  to trust Him for the future. For today He appeals to us for confidence building commitment. None of us are beyond His reach, nor are we too bad for him to help us. If we decline His offer of help to us, to allow us Him to change us and make us whole we deny ourselves the privilege of know Him
completely. Seeking after Him can have a dangerous impact on us, because it is sure to impact on our whole life. We risk being turned inside-out.

MEDITATION
Self-confident individuals settle for what they have and what they are, they feel little need for an interfering God. It is those of us who have suffered, mishaps. Failures, hurt and
soul-shattering decline, who are driven to our knees. We want change and care. Continued struggling is too risky for us.Divine intervention is needed.

Does anyone really manage everything, forever without God’s help? We all need Him. The Bible tells us “if we seek Him, we will find Him” He is Great and worthy of our praise. “Our God is and awesome God.” And Personal relationship with Him can be
utterly fulfilling and life-changing.

PRAYER
Awesome God, put within my heart desire for You, so that I seek  Increasingly after You.

September 14, 2015

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Jesus knew their thoughts …… Matthew 12:25

The saying ‘the thought is father to the act.’ is worth repeating.  Proverbs 23:7 says   …. as a man thinks in his heart, so is he

THOUGHT

It is impossible to read unwholesome literature without it leaving an imprint on your mind. DVD’s and television can feed us rubbish and rottenness. In turning aside from addiction we must take strides towards reaching new standards of decency, conduct and thinking. Part of our downfall can be attributed to unwise thinking and becoming victim to lowering standards.

MEDITATION

Exposure to something better is now a requirement if we want recovery to be effective. We have plenty of good influences available to us. We need to learn to have open, honest conversations with those able to speak sensibly about addiction. We need to refuse to make fun of negative talk about moral issues or spiritual things. To be driven to the gutter language by foolish talk. To be strong in resisting temptation towards indecency.

Choose the movies you watch carefully, select only helpful books to read. Start reading Christian recovery focused literature. Start associating with good people. Work the steps and recovery principles into your daily living. Learn to use your leisure hours constructively. The Genesis record of the Bible shows us a God who created, communicated, rested and related. These are our guidelines for living today. Give your life to living God’s way, build it on Bible foundations; learn creativity, become communicative, observe proper rest periods and be selective about relationships.

PRAYER

Introduce me Lord to better and beautiful things that You want me to enjoy. Wean me from the sinister, sticky and sinful in Jesus name.

September 6, 2015

 

God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree
I told you not to eat from?”
Genesis 3:11

Adam and Eve broke their relationship with God by:

– becoming convinced their way was better than God’s way.
– becoming self-conscious and hiding from God.
– making up excuses to defend their actions.

To build relationship with God in our recovery we need to:

– stop making excuses for our actions.
– stop trying to hide from God what He already knows about us.
– become convinced that God’s way is better than our way.

I was fortunate last night to go with my wife to see the movie ‘WAR ROOM’  A great movie on the necessity of and the power of ‘PRAYER’  Matthew 6:5 says “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”  Jesus taught the essence if prayer is not public style but private communication with God. There is a place for public prayer. but to pray only where others will notice you indicates your real audience is not God.

 

The Holy Spirit was involved in Creation

Genesis 1.2

Does anyone have an excuse for not believing in the Holy Spirit? All through the Bible we have evidence of His involvement in the world and in the lives of people in the world. Right at the start of God’s Word we read that when the earth was formless He was there.

Jesus promised that after He left, the holy Spirit would bring power, real power to overcome the trials and tribulations of life.  In daily relationship with Him, with His help there is no problem to great, no life is too far gone that it cannot be made new.

Our most important relationship

What are the things you consider to be important in life? Prestige? Power? Popularity? What things do you place above your relationship with Jesus, recovery and spiritual growth? Career? A relationship? Financial security?

Whatever stands in the way of your growing relationship with Jesus through learning and applying the Spiritual Principles of the Twelve Steps to your daily living just aren’t worth it.

Remember where you were. What you had to go through to get into recovery. And God’s intervention in helping you grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

Nothing else should be more vital in the process of recovery than personal relationship with the One True Higher Power – Jesus Christ.

The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. )Phi 3:7-9)

Daily Thought on a Train

Wine makes men foolish, and strong drink makes men come to blows; and whoever comes into error through these is not wise. (Pro 20:1)

How often have you woken up after a night of using and felt foolish? How many relationships have you ruined because if your stupidity?

The purpose in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of good sense will get it out. (Pro 20:5)

God has a better way for us to live! It is within us all, but we need to learn and apply the principles of recovery to live it…

Who is able to say, I have made my heart clean, I am free from my sin? (Pro 20:9)

None of us is perfect! If we were we wouldn’t be here. Because we are not perfect we must learn to rely daily on the One who is.

Do not be a lover of sleep, or you will become poor: keep your eyes open, and you will have bread enough. (Pro 20:13)

Recovery requires effort! You don’t get healthy spiritual growth from doing nothing.

He who goes about talking of the business of others gives away secrets: so have nothing to do with him whose lips are open wide. (Pro 20:19)

We all have secrets! When others share them with us because they trust us it is a BIG thing. They don’t want to hear it back from others.

It is a danger to a man to say without thought, It is holy, and, after taking his oaths, to be questioning if it is necessary to keep them. (Pro 20:25)

Recovery is repetitive! We achieve long-term recovery by studying and applying the Steps for a long time.

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