2016 Day 79

Step Three: I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to
working with Him to do so

Acts 3:2 There at the Beautiful Gate, as it was called, was a man who had been lame
all his life. Every day he was carried to the gate to beg for money from the people who
were going into the Temple.

This crippled man was helpless, a prime example of a lame duck, carried to and from the gate so he could beg for a few coins to exist.Whilst our lives may not seem that dismal in comparison, think about it. Aware of problems in our lives we turned to our addictions and compulsions just to exist, carried to and fro in life just to achieve the next fix.

As we reflect on our lives, carried around like lame ducks by our bad habits. Crippled and unable to find the strength to walk upright, or take the path to recovery. Just existing, hoping for something better, trying various things to change our lives and avoiding God. Like the lame man at the gate one of our sole perocupations has been with th monotony of it all ‘NO WAY OUT’  Content therefore with our lot.

Thank God today things have changed, a new chapter in your life has begun. You refuse to be beaten. You no longer will give in to the desires of your sinful nature, no longer answer the call of temptation, no longer be a lame duck.

REJOICE TODAY IN THE STEPS YOU HAVE TAKEN TO LEAVE
THE MONOTONY OF THE PAST

2016 Day 63

STEP 3. I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.

Matthew 5:3 God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven! 

Dependence on God means depending on Him for our daily needs: – We are used to depending on our own skills and abilities in life, usually only reaching out to God when all goes pear-shaped. Dependence on God is not a weakness, as many of us might think. Realisation of our own powerlessness in Step One leaves us feeling lost, lonely and without hope. When we realise and accept our need of God as a new source of power in our lives and commit our lives over to His care and control we start to understand the need for constant and continued communication with Him.

A change of attitude that that drives us to him more and more rather than separating us from Him, His love and forgiveness.

LEARN TO TALK TO GOD DAILY

2016 – Day 61

STEP THREE: I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.

Verse for the day: Isaiah 45:18-19 The Lord created the heavens— he is the one who is God! He formed and made the earth— he made it firm and lasting. He did not make it a desolate waste, but a place for people to live. It is he who says, “I am the Lord, and there is no other god. I have not spoken in secret or kept my purpose hidden. I did not require the people of Israel to look for me in a desolate waste. I am the Lord, and I speak the truth; I make known what is right.”

God has built an awareness of right and wrong in each of us: All around the world we live in there is evidence of right and wrong. In the lives of individuals there is evidence of right and wrong. But people are stubborn and selfish. We know what is right and what is wrong but so often we choose to do the wrong thing.

Knowing the right thing is not enough. Through the process of learning and applying the Twelve Steps to our lives God is calling each of us to change our ways, to stop being selfish, to make a decision to accept our selfishness, let go of our stubbornness, ‘to decide to let God help us’ – DO THE RIGHT THING

Admit to God that you are human, that often you fail in-spite of good intentions to live up to your own standards (much less to His standards)

– HEALING IS A CHOICE

God comes alongside to help us to navigate the past

2Co 1:3-4 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs

When we decide to ‘Turn our wills and lives over to the care of God.‘ He comes alongside to help us to navigate the past We can count on Him to stay in relationship with us as we address the issues we need to address and move forward into a new future.

Then as we progress in the process of spiritual growth He creates opportunities for us to point someone else in His direction so He can help them too.

Destined For Daybreak

Genesis 28.12-13

Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. He came to a certain place and camped for the night since the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, set it under his head and lay down to sleep. And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground and it reached all the way to the sky; angels of God were going up and going down on it. Then God was right before him, saying, “I am God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. I’m giving the ground on which you are sleeping to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will be as the dust of the Earth; they’ll stretch from west to east and from north to south. All the families of the Earth will bless themselves in you and your descendants. Yes. I’ll stay with you, I’ll protect you wherever you go, and I’ll bring you back to this very ground. I’ll stick with you until I’ve done everything I promised you.” Genesis 28:10-15

Occasionally we come across a person who mirrors our own life in the Bible. When we do it can be confronting. Jacob’s life was a pattern many have followed. The deceiver was deceived out of what rightly seemed to be his. Caught up in a life of wrongdoing he started to run. He was on the run from his brother for thirty years. He lived a turbulent life! For a time in his life everything seemed to go from bad to worse, despite revelation from God of divine interest in him and how God’s communicative program works.

Jacob saw God take the initiative to throw down a ladder of mercy, of grace, of help. God’s first move warranted response and Jacob could have immediately tuned into heaven, begin the intended course of spiritual lessons.

MEDITATION
Although favourably impressed Jacob tried to barter with God. ‘What If’s’ spoiled progress in His relationship with God. Later he was alone, bewildered and God gave him another chance. The dream was meant to correct his ways and assure him of a life of better things to come. After hours of defiance  and demonstration of difficulty Jacob final gave in. He eventually came to approve that God was trying to address his stupid wilfulness and change his selfish nature. When daybreak dawned, a new day began, a day as a transformed individual.

Any of this sound familiar to anyone? I can certainly identify with a lot of it.

PRAYER
I am so happy Lord to identify that this is a day of salvation and I place myself in You care and control, whatever it brings.

 

Only One Right Road

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:13-14

Jesus came to teach us, not only what we need to know and believe, but also what we need to do, toward God, toward others, toward believers, and toward none believers. What we need to do with everyone is empathise and act  accordingly.

Be Like a Compass

A compass is narrow minded—it always points to the magnetic north. We must discipline ourselves, personally, to fight any deviation from the course Jesus set for us. —Billy Graham, Men of Integrity, Vol. 2

 

Lord, I will

Bible Reading: Luke 9:52-62

Someone … said, “I will follow you, sir; but first let me go and say good-bye to my family.”  Luke 9:61

Destiny is usually determined by the decisions we make and the commitment we make to follow through on them. When we come to the point of a declaration where we are ready to say “Lord I turn my will and my life over to your care. I will follow You, I will be Your disciple” it is a big step in the direction of successfully living a life of recovery founded on God’s principles. It is not a decision we can live out in pretence, half measures avail us nothing, there are no short-cuts. Spiritual recovery demands surrender,  followed by willingness to learn obedience. It requires trusting Him completely and doing what we need to do to confront the things in our lives that separate us from Him. It is daily moving forward in knowing Him through abandoning all that is unworthy of Him.

MEDITATION
The man who came to Jesus and expressed his desire and decision to follow Him, to become His disciple, ruined it when he said “but first let me go and say good-bye to my family” A seemingly reasonable request; sort everything out before giving up worldly and ungodly practices. Making excuses to avoid doing it now. When we say “I WILL” to God we need to do it in His terms, not ours. When we accept a personal “FOLLOW ME” from Him we need to submit our will to His will. There can be no obedience displayed to God’s will unless we place ourselves under His control, fully available at His command to ‘GO’ where and when He calls us to every day of our lives.

PRAYER
Help me Lord to yield to You, to be submissive in unconditional obedience to Your will for me.