Keep a Firm Grip on What You’ve Heard

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“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”  It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off.

There is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Psalms 46:10 ~ Hebrews 2:1 ~ Galatians 5:17
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Listen, Hear and Understand

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Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Matthew 13:14 ~ Romans 12:3 ~ 1 Corinthians 12:2 ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12

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God’s Holy Spirit Came and I am Not The Same! YOU?

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The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one, and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. 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. You’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God and brings out what God planned all along. John 14:26 ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 ~ Isaiah 55:8 ~ John 3:16

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When You Start The Day Right The Day Goes Right

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James 1:27 Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.

Go for souls, and go for the worst!” the constant war cry of William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army.

I have lost count of the numerous people who have given me advice over the years on ‘how to attract more people’ ‘how to achieve more traffic on my blog and social media sites.’ To those people, I say ‘Thank you’ but no thank you.

Blogging to me and posting on social media has never been about reaching more people and always been about reaching the right people.

Every day since I began my recovery journey in 1987 my day has commenced the same way. With morning devotions! A short reading from a devotional book (I use three) Reflection on what it says and the Bible verses it points me to. A prayer to God that He will help me to adapt to my day what I have learned from those readings and reflections.

Take today: The first devotional I read is The Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional which today uses the scripture:

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 And talks about how we all need people in our lives to tell us what we need to hear and prompt us to do what we need to do to live the life that God wants us to lead.

The second devotional isThe Life Recovery Devotional Which uses the scripture:

“If one of Israel’s leaders sins by violating one of the commands of the Lord his God but doesn’t realize it, he is still guilty. When he becomes aware of his sin, he must bring as his offering a male goat with no defects.” Leviticus 4:22-23 And talks about the need for us to take responsibility for the things we have done, the way we act and react to what happens in our lives. For me, it also highlights the importance of ‘And when we were wrong promptly admitted it.’ in step Ten.

The third devotional is SERENITY, meditations of Acceptance, Courage, and Wisdom.” Which uses the verses:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. James 4:2-3

Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17

Which talks about learning to pray about everything and not worry about anything because we have a Higher power and his name is Jesus Christ in whom we can put our faith and trust. He brings people into our lives (the right people) to support us in our journey of spiritual recovery. He also brings into our lives (more of the right people) who He wants us to support in their journey of spiritual recovery. He wants us to take responsibility for ourselves and to correct the wrong things in our character as soon as we become aware of them. And He wants us when we make a conscious decision to change those things to pray t Him about them and stop letting them dominate our thinking, actions, and living.

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Let Go and Let God

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Psalms 51:3 I know the lawless acts I’ve committed. I can’t forget my sin.

 The chorus of a song in The Salvation Army Songbook says:

 No more! No more! He remembers sins no more, they are pardoned forever, and he will never Bring them up against me anymore. I’ll hear no more of the evil days of yore; I’m a pardoned offender, And God will remember them no more.

 So why do we keep beating ourselves up? Forgiveness from God is final. That doesn’t mean we have a license to keep making bad choices and doing the wrong things. What it does mean is if I seriously and honestly confess my sin to God and trust Him to help me change He will.

Recovery is about life change. Life change is about living right from here on.

  • Are you hanging onto old hurts and habits?

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I Believe That God Cares

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People are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they hear. There are people who hear, but what they hear is crowded out and nothing goes right as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun. Be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

Mark 4:19 ~ Luke 8:14 ~ Luke 21:34 ~ Philippians 4:6 ~ 1 Peter 5:7

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Don’t Trust Your Feelings

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Put Your Faith In God!

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is.” Those who trust their own insight are foolish. People will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
Jeremiah 17:9 ~ Proverbs 28:26 ~ 2 Timothy 3:2-5 ~ James 1:20 ~ Romans 10:17

#21-Cry Out to Jesus

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Psalms 30:10 Lord, hear me. Show me your favor. Lord, help me.

Shattered strength sweeps away our self-reliance. We all reach a point of rock-bottom and at it we all react differently. I believe that everyone who enters the recovery process at some stage comes face to face with God. Our decision at that time to either follow Him or reject Him defines how our recovery moves forward from there.

Every day I give thanks to God. When I reached rock-bottom He was there. When I came face to face with Him He said to me “You do not need to live like this anymore. Follow me and I will lead you.”

 I thank God every day not just that I heard Him but that I responded and because of my response I have experienced His presence in my life since.

– Have you asked God to help you through the process of recovery?

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His Gentle and Quiet Whispers

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You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. Elijah was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” “Are your ears awake?”