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2022 | Thought for Today #261

New_bluIn this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties.
But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33

Spiritual growth occurs from the inside out.God does not hide from us the fact that once we make a decision to continue in recovery we can expect to experience difficulties in resisting the world. When we turn around from the past of disillusionment to attempt a new-lifestyle it is not going to be easy. We must not kid ourselves. Self-confidence will soon be shattered.  The world at large will not pat us on the back for restructuring our lives. We will run into all kinds of disinterest, and few will care about our new found goals. This can distress us. We may be tempted to throw in the towel.

God alone gives us faith, as He call s us to keep moving forward with Him. ‘He has conquered the world.’ and invites us to participate in his victory.

2022 | Verse For Today #261

Wise living gets rewarded with honoUr;
stupid living gets the
booby prize.

Proverbs 3:35

Dependence on God is to be excercised with all our heart, mind and soul. God is the only all sufficent object in which our soul can rest We can have full satisfation in His power and His faithfullness.

Purify Your Soul

Living Life Recovery Reflection 260

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LIVING LIFE RECOVERY REFLECTION #260
PURIFY YOUR SOUL

1 Peter 1:22 You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. So, you have an honest and true love for your brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply, from the heart.

This verse is talking about purity of our souls.  The dictionary defines the soul as” the principle of life, feeling, thought and action in humans,  In other words the part of me that makes me Archie.

Purity in my life is in direct relation to how I feel, think and act towards others. Honest and true love for others comes from learning to love ourselves, be honest about our feelings and thoughts and acting in accordance with God’s guidance and direction. The purpose of recovery is to become more like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says “God planned that those he had chosen would become like his Son.”

 

  • What are your honest feelings and thoughts about recovery?

Prayer: God help me to purify my soul with Your help and guidance.

2022 |The Word For Recovery #260

The WORD For Recovery

Let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24 

2022 |Thought For Today #257

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Realising I needed God and involving Him in my recovery were two different things.

When God invited me to follow Him my immediate response was YES! But then my pride kicked in. I started to justify in my own mind why I didn’t really need to follow Him.

Psalms 31:24 Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.

  • Are you willing to take an honest look at yourself?
  • Are you prepared to change your thinking?

It starts with God

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Living Life Recovery Reflection #257

1 Corinthians 3:11 No one can lay any other foundation than the one that has already been laid. That foundation is Jesus Christ.

A large contributor to how well we progress in recovery is based on what we do at the beginning, what foundations we establish to build our new lives on.

Now I never understood this when I first came to recovery. I thought you do the Twelve Steps, one to twelve and when you have done them all you have a recovery. But there’s more to it than that. Because when we first enter recovery many of us are too sick to understand the twelve steps. That’s why I believe one of the first things we should all do in the process of recovery is to establish clear spiritual foundations (because it’s a spiritual program) and make them the foundation stones of our recovery. Failing to build on an enduring foundation leads to destruction.

  • What are your foundation stones of recovery?

Prayer: Lord help me today to identify my foundations

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