Purify Your Soul

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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 the 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?

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Look Up, and Be Alert

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Colossians 3:2 If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

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Why Is Self-Centredness Dangerous?

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  1. SELF-CENTREDNESS CAN LEAD TO HOPELESSNESS
    Psalms 100:3 Know this: God is God, and He made us; we didn’t make Him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

    God made us we didn’t make Him, nor did we make ourselvesMany people think they are the creator and center of their recovery. This leads to greed, self-centeredness. And, it also means if you take away their things they will lose hope.

    When we realize that God created us and gave us everything we have, including recovery we will become less self-centered and more others-centered.

  2. SELF-CENTREDNESS IS A SIN THAT REQUIRES REPENTANCE
    Matthew 3:1-2 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Repent. God’s kingdom is near.”

    Repentance means doing an about-face. Turning from the kind of self-centeredness that leads to wrong attitudes and actions. A person who repents stops rejecting and rebelling against God and begins following His way of living as outlined in His Word. The first step of turning to God is “admitting that our life is a mess and we are out of control.”

  3. SELF-CENTREDNESS IS A CHARACTERISTIC OF OUR SINFUL NATURE
    Romans 13:14 Take up the weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desires.

    If you truly believe ‘Jesus Christ is the One True Higher Power’  you must be willing to obey His leading in your life. You must understand your abilities, time and everything else in your life aren’t yours anymore – you are just the caretaker. Ignoring God, squandering and abusing what He has given you is rebellious and will lead to relapse.

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Standing Room Only

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​Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans. Ephesians 6:11 

Moral decay seems to be like cancer eating away at our precious basics. It will destroy us we don’t guard ourselves against it. Humanism has cunningly devised ways of infiltrating our society and is hardly contested.

In the wake of humanism comes anti+Christ action. Degenerating families, questioning everything and presenting a host of doubtful philosophies. Corrupting minds and leading to despondency. Self-pleasing not giving lasting satisfaction.

There is no room in our new way of living for neutrality! We are called to stand up and be counted. Putting on the full armour of God as we get into action, upholding His standards, allying ourselves with His cause, taking a stand on correct moral living.

Are you Listening?

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Prov 3.6

I. Listening to God is the first step in obeying Him.
Moses called all Israel together. He said to them, Attention, Israel. Listen obediently to the rules and regulations I am delivering to your listening ears today. Learn them. Live them. Deuteronomy 5:1

II. Listening to God is training in humility.
After the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” 1 Kings 19:12-13

III. Spiritual listening allows us to learn from others.
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. James 1:19-20

IV. Spiritual listening is always followed up by action.
It is important to listen to what God’s Word says, but it’s much more important to obey it and do what it says. Are you putting into action what you have learned in recovery?

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LISTEN, FOR THEY SHALL LEARN

 

Step Two ~ Week One

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“I Believe That God Exists”

Believing God exists increases our desire to live right
(Genesis 15:6Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.A

Belief God exists should be accompanied by action
(Deuteronomy 27:10) “You must obey the Lord your God by keeping all these commands and decrees that I am giving you today.”

Belief God exists affects the way we think about recovery
(Mark 1:15) “The time promised by God has come at last!” He announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Right beliefs are important for both salvation and recovery
(Romans 10:9) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Believing God exists affects how we see and treat others
(James 2:2) Suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.

 This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
‘ Matthew 22:38-39

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#8 -Self-Control

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1 Corinthians 10:13 You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it.

 It is common when we fail in recovery to blame our circumstances or others.

The bottom line is “I am responsible for my actions.” No-one else can make me relapse unless I choose to. We don’t want to hear that but it’s the truth.

Recovery is not easy. Many times it would have been easier for me to turn back to where I felt comfortable than it was to continue in recovery. I choose not to, because ‘my worst day in recovery is far better than my best day when I was using’

  •  What was your best memory of using?
  • How does that compare to your life now?

  

Prayer: Please God help me always to remember where I came from.

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