Psalms 37:23 If the Lord is pleased with the way a man lives, he makes his steps secure.
To please God, we need to change our sinful habits and attitudes. When we do He makes all the parts of our lives fit together.
Whilst on the Bridge Program I wrote a five-year plan. Directed by God in every area of my life He showed me His plan.
Now you would think with a five-year plan from God on every area of my life the way forward should have been easy. It wasn’t, because even though I had given my life to God and was doing my best to follow Him in a number of areas of my life I still thought the same as I always had and acted accordingly.
Pleasing Him and receiving God’s gifts means putting in time not just getting to know His Word but getting to know Him on a personal intimate level.
- How are you getting to know God personally?
In the introduction to the book “The Twelve Gifts of Life Recovery” by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop it talks about God’s gifts of recovery. It says of these gifts “These are not automatic results of “working the program”—they are gifts that may come to us along the way—but by working the program we prepare ourselves to receive the gifts and to know what to do with them. So as you keep working your life recovery program, keep your eyes open for God’s good gifts to come to you along the way.”
Over the next twelve weeks here at Living Life Recovery we would like to explore these “Twelve Gifts of Life Recovery” together. We hope you benefit from the experience.
Romans 12:6-8 In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
God gives us time, gifts and other resources according to our abilities and He expects us to invest them wisely until He returns.
Christmas is a time of new birth. A time when we celebrate the birth of our Saviour and Lord. But it is also a time when we celebrate our own children, through exchanging gifts and sharing a meal together.
Can I encourage anyone in a strained relationship with their children to use this time to build bridges with them. To repair the hurt and forgive the pain and make amends to their children, or parents.
It’s not the value of the gift that is important. It is the value of the love attached to the sharing.
This Christmas I thank God for my three children: Duncan, Mitchell and Ashleigh and look forward to sharing this precious day in the Christian calendar with them and my beautiful wife Karen
Regardless of the value of the gifts. The real gift is their love.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.
God’s work involves many different people with a variety of gifts and abilities. We can become useful members of God’s team through performing our own special roles and setting aside our desire of personal glory.
Today the staff and order of Melbourne 614 shared together in a meal, celebrating what God has done in and through the various ministries run from 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne. The most important ingredient of all being individual and team relationship with Him
1 Corinthians 3:9 We are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Ephesians 4:11-13 These are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip Gods people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of Gods Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.