Let Go and Let God #2

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Psalms 46:1-2 God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake.

The Bible tells us ‘God is a safe place to hide’ He is ‘Ready to help when we need Him’ So why do we invest so much time and effort trying to hide from Him because of our addictions and compulsions?

A couple of the reasons I believe are:

Our inadequacies lead us to hide from God. God has all the resources we need to change our lives. He wants us to live fearless and courageous in His presence. He doesn’t want us to hide behind our inadequacies, making excuses about why we can’t achieve recovery and live the life He is offering us. He wants us to use our God-given talents and abilities to bring glory to Him.

Fear of failure leads us to hide from God. Often in our lives, we hide from important responsibilities because we are afraid they are unachievable. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” We need to be prepared to ‘STEP UP!’ and ‘STEP OUT’ in our responsibilities, believing that all things are possible with God and trusting Him with every area of our lives.

I a sure you can think of many more reasons why we hide from God. Why not share them here and encourage others in the recovery process?

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Monday Night at Living Life Recovery

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The Serenity Prayer is commonly attributed to Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who composed it in the 1940s. According to its website, Alcoholics Anonymous adopted the Serenity Prayer and began including it in AA materials in 1942.

What is so special about this prayer that millions of people use across the world in 12 Step meetings? Let’s break it down and see.

God grant me SERENITY
Galatians 5:22-24 What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good–crucified.

God grant me COURAGE
Matthew 14:22-27 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain, so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night. Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror. But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

 God grant me WISDOM
1 Corinthians 2:6-9 We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest–what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it– What God has arranged for those who love him.

 What else are we asking God to teach us from this prayer?

To live ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Matthew 6:34 Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

 To enjoy ONE MOMENT AT A TIME
Matthew 24:32 “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner.”

To accept HARDSHIP AS A PATHWAY TO PEACE
John 16:33I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

Taking this WORLD AS IT IS
John 12:31 At this moment the world is in crisis.

Trust that GOD WILL MAKE THINGS RIGHT
1 Corinthians 7:35 I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.

Why pray this prayer regularly as part of your recovery process?

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

What do we need to do to achieve happiness?

 SURRENDER TO GOD’S WILL
(it’s in the prayer)

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Recovery Devotion #166, 2017

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Titus 2:11-15 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!  We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honouring life. This new life is starting right now and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Tell them all this. Build up their courage, and discipline them if they get out of line. You’re in charge. Don’t let anyone put you down.

You can’t get forgiveness from God, without also forgiving others. Total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in Jesus name. God put the world square with himself through the Jesus, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out.

Prayer: Lord help me today to forgive those who have harmed me and to share Your Love and Grace with them.

Perfect in love

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There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life–fear of death, fear of judgment–is one not yet fully formed in love. Blessed be God: he didn’t turn a deaf ear, he stayed with me, loyal in his love. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out. Stay alert: be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.

The enemy creates doubt in us that God’s love is imperfect and conditional. Yet although we failed Him through faith God’s love banishes our fear that cripples us and stops
us being all He calls us to be. None of us can achieve recovery on our own. We all need God’s encouragement. Pray today so you don’t wander into temptation as you move forward in the recovery process.

Daily Reflection October 26, 2016

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Acts 4:31 While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence.


It takes courage to keep moving forward through our fears in order to do what we know is right. We need to pray with and for others to gain courage, boldness and power from the Holy Spirit so we and they can do in our lives everything God is calling us to do. We need to look for opportunities to talk about and share what God is doing in and through our lives. We need to realize and accept that things will not always go according to our plans but God is present in all things.

We need to start where we are and begin “speaking God’s Word in fearless confidence”.

Daily Reflection October 1, 2016

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John 17:17 Use the truth to make them holy. Your word is truth.

 We have been set free from our old way of living by the truth. About God, about ourselves and about how we are to live in the days to come. But there’s more: God also want us to convince other people to face the truth. We don’t do that by pretending that recovery is easy. It isn’t! Recovery is simple but not easy.

It takes more courage, strength and determination than we have. It takes Jesus. Recovery is not about big noting ourselves for what we have done, It is about big noting God for what He has done for us.

The simple truth of achieving lasting growing recovery is a personal, lasting growing relationship with Jesus.

  • Where is God in Your life?

 

Prayer: Lord help me today to express to others who need to hear
it that recovery is simple but not always easy.

Think about Godly things

Negative thoughts can cloud our future and set us backward in recovery. On this Christmas Day let us all learn a lesson from Mary (the Mother of Jesus).

Thinking about God can lift our spirits when we are negative and give us courage to keep going. Mary meditated on the things God was doing and wanted to do in her life. When we do the same we can alter negative thoughts and take a step forward in recovery and wholeness.

Luke 2:19 Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.