Have Faith In God

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.
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Order, Safety and Security

1 Corinthians 10:6 Now those things happened as examples for us. They are supposed to keep us from longing for evil things, as the people of Israel did.

God has made a way to escape; He encourages us to flee from sin and to be faithful to Him. The Bible is full of examples of people rightly or wrongly making choices and the consequences of those choices.

Making good choices in our lives will lead to positive long-term outcomes. Every choice for good sets into motion new opportunities for God. Every choice for evil follows the same pattern but in the opposite direction.

Every decision we make to continually move forward in recovery brings order, safety, and security to our lives.

  • What positive examples are you following from the experiences of others?

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Seek First the Kingdom

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Matthew 6.33t

God said “I know everything you need.” “I value you.” and “I have the power to supply all your needs.”

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:25-34

You can’t exist on your story forever!

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Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all care what other people think about us and say about us. A couple of weeks ago a comment on one of my posts made me think. The comment was “your story is good but you can’t exist on it forever.”

In Exodus 23:1-2 the Bible says “Don’t pass on malicious gossip. “Don’t link up with a wicked person and give corrupt testimony. Don’t go along with the crowd in doing evil and don’t fudge your testimony in a case just to please the crowd.” And, I must confess this comment made me think “Am I?” Am I trying to please the crowd? With the best intentions we can get it wrong. In answer to the question I sat alone with God, my Bible and I prayed. Without a lie I opened my Life Recovery Bible to pg 936 and. The first footnote said 4:1-2 “God has always planned that his people would be living proofof his power and goodness. He wanted others to believe in him because of the blessing Israel received through a healthy relationship with God.” The verse that stood out to me was Jeremiah 4:2 which says “when you swear by My name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ you could do so with truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise My name.”

Because of what Christ has done in my life and through my life I have been given opportunities beyond anything I could ever expect in my life. My story and my relationship with Jesus is all I have as credibility of the fact that ‘Recovery works.’ and I am tempted to say as many others have before “if you work it” But I won’t because for me it was less about working it and more about putting my faith in Him, following where He leads me and leaving the reults up to Him.

On the statement “you can’t exist on it forever.” I don’t agree with this because as long as I continue to put my faith in Him and follow where He leads me my story will be ever growing and full of life-lessons
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Community

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1 John 1:9 God is faithful and fair. If we admit that we have sinned, he will forgive us our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure.

 Through our confession God forgives us. Then, through Jesus, He provides a way for us to enter His presence and share in community with others.

Most of my life growing up I got involved with the wrong people and did the wrong things for one reason. I wanted to belong.

Coming into recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous didn’t change that for me. I still felt different.

It wasn’t till I got into a relationship with Jesus and started doing what He guided me to do. Going to the places, He prompted me to go I felt I was where I belonged.

  • Do you feel lost?
  • What do you need to do to belong?

 

 Prayer: Lord show me the place You want me to be and help me belong.

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Self-promotion is no Promotion

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Matthew 23:12 If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.

Luke 14:11 says “What I’m saying is, If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face. But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

In the common actions of life, we are marked by what we do. In many cases, our pride will bring us low. The Bible teaches works to glorify God are better than works that glorify self.

Tonight at Living Life Recovery is Hastings we are discussing the topic ‘KEEP IT SIMPLE’ 
For some of us, we take that statement as ‘DO NOTHING’  I heard it said “if you change nothing, nothing changes.’ and it is so true.

Simplicity is a good foundation for recovery. Matthew 11:25 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticated and know-it-alls but spelt them out clearly to ordinary people.

Jesus spoke about little children, their humility and openness to receive the truth of God’s word. We sometimes make recovery more complicated than it really is. “If you don’t pick up the first drink, drug, whatever you can’t get drunk, stoned or distracted from the recovery process.” Simple but not necessarily easy. How open are you to the fact that only God knows everything and can do everything?

Accepting and responding to God is the greatest act of humility. Again not always easy, nut simple. 1 Corinthians 1:21  God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find God through human brilliance, and then he stepped in and saved all those who believed his message, which the world calls foolish and silly. I believe everyone in the process of recovery comes face to face with God. At that time the choice we make to accept or reject Him for who He is and what He has done for us determines whether we move forward or go backwards in the process.

Simplicity in recovery reminds us of the basics found in the first three steps. “I can’t, He can, I think I will let Him.” Powerlessness and unmanageability in our lives are a direct result of our poor choices. Now I know there are other circumstances involved for which people will say “You don’t understand what I went through.” and they are right. I don’t, but God does and to deal with what we all went through and show us the way forward in spiritual recovery He sent His Son to die for our sin so that we can be reconciled to Him. A simple choice – ACCEPT OR REJECT!
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Temptation

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Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ–eternal and glorious plans they are!–will have you put together and on your feet for good. 1 Peter 5:8-10
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Develop Intimacies With God in Prayer, but Please Don’t Stop With That

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I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don’t stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It’s more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God’s presence in a mysterious prayer language–unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all. When we suffer for Jesus, it works out for your healing and salvation. If we are treated well, given a helping hand and encouraging word, that also works to your benefit, spurring you on, face forward, unflinching. Your hard times are also our hard times. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

1 Corinthians 14:5 ~ 2 Corinthians 1:6 ~ Galatians 6:10

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