Philemon 1:1-3 I, Paul, am a prisoner for the sake of Christ, here with my brother Timothy. I write this letter to you, Philemon, my good friend and companion in this work– also to our sister Apphia, to Archippus, a real trooper, and to the church that meets in your house. God’s best to you! Christ’s blessings on you!
John 17:14-15 I gave them your word; The godless world hated them because of it, Because they didn’t join the world’s ways, Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways. I’m not asking that you take them out of the world But that you guard them from the Evil One.
A scientific study in the Journal of American Medical Association claimed that hospitalised heart patients supported by praying people needed fewer drugs and had fewer complications than those who were not. In most cases as small group of three to seven people participated.
Recovery meetings provide support to those who gather to share, It benefits us when we draw to ourselves a small group of friends or fellow fighters against lifes problems for the purpose of regular prayer.
Matthew 18:20 says “When two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” A verse that should be quick to prompt action in our lives. A verse that raises tremendous posibbility for us to help each other as we walk the road of recovery together.
1 Corinthians 15:58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:13-14
It’s about relationships:- Romans 12:14-21 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.
Watch out for Alexander the coppersmith. Fiercely opposed to our Message, he caused no end of trouble. God will give him what he’s got coming. 2 Timothy 4:14-15
In his writings Paul refers to numerous associates Demas, Luke, Quartus, Timothy and others. It is good to have friends who can be relied upon.
The cost of entry to recovery can be loss of old associates. Those we mixed with in the past may become difficult on learning the road we have chosen to travel. 2 Timothy 3:2-4 says “people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God.” It is not uncommon for people to come along side us in recovery offering future help to turn on us as help is needed. Proverbs 18:24 tells us “Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.”
The Bible also tells us “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.” (Proverbs 17:17) The best friend we all have access to in the process of recovery is Jesus Christ, the One True Higher Power. He is the only friend that will always be there, always stick by us and always be prepared to support through all kinds of trouble.
Lord befriend me, draw me away from wrong and harmful associations. Teach me to befriend the right people in the future.
Psalm 84:5-12 … how blessed all those in whom you live,whose lives become roads you travel; They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain! God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view! God of the Angel Armies, listen: O God of Jacob, open your ears—I’m praying! Look at our shields, glistening in the sun, our faces, shining with your gracious anointing. One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship, beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches. I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin. All sunshine and sovereign is God, generous in gifts and glory. He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions. It’s smooth sailing all the way with God of the Angel Armies.
Focus Verse: One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship, beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.
A single day in the presence of God is better than a lifetime separated from Him : The security, peace and love that He offers us are greater than anything we can ever receive from people. We won’t always get what we want in recovery; But when we turn to God for help He will supply everything we need to live this ‘New Life’ with Him.
Exodus 33:11 tells us “God spoke to Moses face-to-face, as neighbors speak to one another,” (another version says “as a man speaks to his friends.”)
Our relationship with God is our most important relationship: Why did Moses find favour with God? Not because he was perfect, gifted or powerful, but because God chose Moses and Moses relied competely on God’s wisdom and direction. Friendship with God was a privilege for Moses. Friendship with God is also a privilege available to each of us. In John 15:15 Jesus refers to His followers as His friends. He is calling us today to trust Him as Moses trusted God. WILL YOU?
Our relationship with God is made possible through Jesus: In John 16:16-33 Jesus is talking to the disciples about going to heaven. He tells them in verse 22-23 ‘the sadness you have right now is similar to a women giving birth. She has a hard time, but when the baby is born her joy wipes away the memory of the pain.’ He goes on to tell them that ‘if you ask in My name, according to My will for anything God will give it to you,’ Because of Jesus we all have direct access to God. Not because of our merit but because Jesus death and resurrection made us acceptable to God.
Prayer: Just for today I will spend time in the presence of God and give Him thanks for sending His Son, Jesus Christ to forgive me, cleanse me and make me acceptable to Him. I will trust God as Moses trusted Him and rely on Him completely
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God created us out of love – Jesus saved us out of love -we are given another chance to get life right out of love – LOVE COMES FROM GOD
1 John 4:7-8 Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child and knows God.Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.