I always find it easier to see fault in others than I do to see my own weaknesses. Even in my addiction it was easier to blame family, friends or my circumstances. I liked to justify my behaviour blaming being in the wrong relationship, the wrong job or the wrong place at the wrong time. Even when I was at my worst I believed “it wasn’t my fault”. The first thing I had to do when I came to recovery was recognise my weakness and take responsibility for my mistakes.
Today God helps me not to dwell on the shortcomings of others. He reminds me I have been forgiven much and now must be forgiving towards others. His forgiveness in my life allows me to see myself as I truly am – no better and no worse than anyone else. I no longer spend time taking the inventory of others or blame them for the mistakes I have made and make as I do my best to walk with God daily.
How about you?
John 8:7 “let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”
God’s opinion of me is the most important thing in my life. I want His approval, for Him to think of me as a good man.
My opinion of Jesus is also important. He was the only perfect man and is the only perfect God. By recognising this I agree to aspire to be like Him. A task impossible by self effort.
Attaining some Christ likeness in this life is only possible through receipt of the Holy Spirit and daily walking with Him.
John 7:12 Some said, “He’s a good man,”
It is factual that we all become caught ‘between to options’ at times. Opposing forces wooing us. Human nature tends to want to sit on the fence.
Jesus demands we make a choice. We are either helping or making things worse. He is looking for complete commitment from us to living according to God’s Word.
If this seems too hard remember He also resources us to follow Him.
Matthew 12:30 If you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.
Faith in God and His forgiveness of our past sins gives us a sense of freedom.
Accepting Jesus as our personal Saviour takes away the guilt associated with our pasts.
Our peace of mind and heart depends on us maintaining a daily relationship with Him and assures us we are safe and free from condemnation.
John 3:16-18 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
When we turn our lives over to God we find our lives filled with His blessings. It is He who supplies our needs.
If we seek to fill our lives with the things God prepares and resist our own selfish ambitions better will be our days ahead.
Psalms 23:5-6 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
When we lived irresponsibly we often put our lives in danger.
Things may happen in recovery that make us feel afraid. When we put our hands in God’s hands He will remove the emotion of fear. With Him we can walk through the darkest valley and not be afraid.
Psalms 23:4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,I will not be afraid.
Only through right relationship with God can we enjoy life to the full. When we follow Him, He brings lasting joy and pleasure to our lives.
Psalms 23:2 He lets me rest in green meadows.
God provides for our daily needs in ways we cannot understand if we are faithful to Him.
Matthew 6:11 Give us today the food we need.