Matthew 16:27 The Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
Paul tells us in Galatians 6:9 not to get tired of living right, not to give up because in Gods timing we will receive the rewards of our obedience to Him.
Over the years I have been a ‘Christian in Recovery’ I have received many rewards from God in every area of my life. I have also been rewarded through the relationship with other people traveling this road together. Many of those rewards may not seem like rewards to other people.
I received the above award at the official opening of Red Shield Industries in White Road, Gepps Cross, South Australia by the Territorial Commander, Bramwell Tilsley. I had just completed the Bridge Programme and was volunteering at the time at the newly established Red Shield Industries, Mount Barker (it started in the old school building on the property of Eden Park, Bridge Program) Who would have thought I would have gone on to manage Red Shield Industries at Gepps Cross, and oversee the closing before moving to Victoria to become the Family Stores Transport/Wholesale Manager for the Territory.
Little things mean a lot and can lead to much bigger things when God is in control. The piece of paper in itself is not that important. What is important is what it represents in my journey of Spiritual growth. I keep it in a scrap book of important photo’s and papers that had a big effect on me and my relationship with God and others.
Romans 6:20 In the past you were slaves to sin, and you did not even think about doing right.
Romans 6:17 In the past you were slaves to sin–sin controlled you. But thank God, you fully obeyed what you were taught.
Romans 7:5 In the past we were ruled by our sinful selves. The law made us want to do sinful things. And those sinful desires controlled our bodies, so that what we did only brought us spiritual death.
1 Corinthians 6:11 In the past some of you were like that. But you were washed clean, you were made holy, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Ephesians 2:3 In the past all of us lived like that, trying to please our sinful selves. We did all the things our bodies and minds wanted. Like everyone else in the world, we deserved to suffer God’s anger just because of the way we were.
Philippians 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me.
“I’ve been married for 22 years today. In that time my wife has cooked around 24,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment and for introducing me to Karen.!
Great song by the ‘Corries’ but that’s not what my post is about.
I normally don’t remember what I dream about. But last night’s dream I believe was a Holy Spirit filled revelation.
I was in a room talking to Pastor Rick Warren (I’ve never met the man, but love his work) Talking about ministry. At the end of the meeting he got up, thanked me and left. Only to return and ask me. “Why do you believe what you believe?” to which I replied “I believe that God can and will change the lives of the addicted and afflicted if they would only ask Him too.”
Analyzing the dream when I woke up I contemplated all sorts of scenario’s about why it occurred. I’m not sure any of them were right. But what I am sure of from the dream is this:
God wants each of us to ask Him to do the impossible in and through us. So that He can prove to us and to this lost world we live in He is all loving, all powerful and all caring and He wants us to love Him and others with some of the unending love He has installed in us all through the process we call RECOVERY.
Ecclesiastes 5:3 A dream comes when there are many cares.
I thank God regularly for all He has done, is doing and will do on my ‘Road to Recovery’ from sin.
1 Corinthians 1:3-4 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
The A.A. Big Book in Chapter 6 says:“Having made our personal inventory, what shall we do about it? We have been trying to get a new attitude, a new relationship with our Creator, and to discover the obstacles in our path.”
All of us, whether in recovery or not are trying to live a better life. Trying to develop better attitudes and actions.
At Celebrate Recovery tomorrow night we are looking at the topic of ‘Vision’ as a lead in to our ‘Testimony Meeting.’
If you are someone in recovery, or not, who is looking for a safe place to belong, share and be supported. Come along to 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne and be part of C.R.
We’d love to see you and meet you!
Preparing for Thursday night’s ‘Celebrate Recovery’ in Melbourne I was looking for a folder to put my notes in. I found one in which was a copy of a lesson I delivered on 3.2.2011 on the subject of POWERLESSNESS.
It was headed:
Powerlessness is not uselessness and the ‘Good News’ is the opposite of powerlessness is strength.
It is by the Spirit of God the I drive out demons, the Kingdom has come upon you. Matthew 12:28
The questions I asked the group on that night were:
Do you understand that following your own agenda will not lead to lasting, purposeful recovery?
Do you believe that God can and will help you recover?
Are you willing to go to any length to let Him?
My thought for today is I have so many pieces of paper around my home with recovery teaching on them. It might be time to go through them.
Jeremiah 20:14 I curse the day I was born! May no one celebrate the day of my birth.
There was a time when I used to dread my birthdays. Birthdays I spent alone, lonely and drunk.
Thanks to recovery those days are gone. Today I want to thank everyone who wished me ‘Happy Birthday’ via social networks, telephone, email or directly. And, I want to thank Jesus for He has done, is doing and will continue to do I’m my life as long as I remain faithful to my commitment to “follow Him.
Psalm 62:1-2 I wait quietly before God,for my victory comes from him.He alone is my rock and my salvation,my fortress where I will never be shaken.
Trusting God to be my rock, salvation and fortress changes my outlook on life. I no longer need be held captive by resentment, shame and hurt.
When we rest in God’s strength nothing can shake our faith.