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.
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.
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”.
Simple but not easy
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.
God grant me the serenity, to accept the things I can’t change:
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.