“Follow the evidence to where it leads, even if the conclusion is uncomfortable.”
Strange how quickly people jump to the wrong conclusions. And how many times they are proven wrong. Our conclusions are generally arrived at by our own experiences, beliefs, and feelings. Instead of following our own knowledge, understandings and feelings we need to learn to examine all the evidence before we arrive at our conclusions on life’s issues.
Some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. The seeds in the gravel are those who hear with enthusiasm, but the enthusiasm doesn’t go very deep. It’s only another fad, and the moment there’s trouble it’s gone. Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Mark 4:16 ~ Luke 8:13 ~ Proverbs 19:2 ~ Ephesians 6:7
The Life Recovery Devotional
Bible Reading: Isaiah 14:12-15
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
When we were following after our addictions, we were powerfully directed by our desires. We were driven. We didn’t think about the effect this had on others. Our selfishness was in control and cut us off from life as it should have been.
Selfishness is at the heart of destructive behavior. The Bible indicates that Satan was once a high-ranking angel in service of the Lord. Isaiah gives us a glimpse of Satan’s fall, writing, “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth. . . . For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. . . . I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths” (Isaiah 14:12-15).
The same kind of selfishness that brought Satan down resides in the hearts of all people on earth. No one is exempt. Addicts are no worse in nature than anyone else. It’s just that the ways we’ve chosen to meet our needs have led us to hit bottom and go through our own personal hell. When we are free enough to focus on God’s will and his power to work in our lives, he will show us a way to fulfill the needs we were trying to satisfy in vain .
This is the real and eternal life: That they know you. The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent. John 17:3
How do we get eternal life? Jesus tells us clearly here – by knowing God through His Son .When we ‘Turn our wills and lives over to the care of God.’ we commence personal relationship with Him, Personal relationship with Him is essential to eternal life,
When we ‘Make a searching fearless moral inventory.’ ‘Admit to God and to another human being.’ ‘Become ready to let God remove our defects of character’ and ‘Humbly ask him to’ When we take responsibility for ourpast mistakes ‘Make amends’ and then goi on to seek God’s will for our lives and live daily in relationship with Him, so He can use us to introduce others to Him the love of Christ lives in us through daily inteaction with the Holy Spirit.
– That’s Recovery
Believing that God is God, Jesus His Son, who came to die for ,e amd repentance – That is how we get eternal life…..
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
PRAYER IS TALKING WITH GOD
You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for himself. The Lord will answer when I call to him. Psalm 4:3
MEDITATION IS PERSISTENT REFLECTION ON WHAT
They delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
KNOWLEDGE IS NOT THE SAME AS ALLEGIENCE
Whenever those possessed by evil spirits caught sight of him, the spirits would throw them to the ground in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!” Mark 3:11
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’s POWER AS WE TRUST HIM
Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” Mark 4:40-41
Hosea 6:3 We’re ready to study GOD,
eager for God- knowledge.
Are we? Have we really decided to break with our past and step into a new life? Most of us know this is the only thong to do and we will struggle to survive unless we accept Christ into our lives.
Two things to remember: Christ alone is our Saviour and continued faith can only be maintained through relationship with Him. This involves worship, prayer and learning of Him from the Scriptures.
We will make mistakes and do silly things but we must not allow Satan to use them to draw us back into lives of addiction, compulsion and insanity.
When we come to recovery, respond to incentives, enlist for transforming treatment, few of us want to slip back into our wrong ways of the past. Old habits die hard. Former associates tag us. Skeletons in our closets haunt us. Only total commitment will encourage us to keep stepping forward, unhindered by reminders of our past. We need God’s forgiveness, salvation and power to avoid the resurrection of former habits, compulsions and addictions. We need to enlist Jesus Christ to live lives of victory. If we do there should be no reason for us to desire return to things that have previously wrecked our lives.
Colossians 3:8 Put these things out of your life: anger, bad temper, doing or saying things to hurt others, and using evil words when you talk.
Since before time began no one has ever imagined,
No ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works
for those who wait for him.You meet those who happily
do what is right, who keep a good memory of
the way you work. Isaiah 64:4-5
If we persevere and do our part in recovery God will bring is to victory in
His timing. If we are faithful and trust God, we will achieve our goal of recovery.
We need to give our lives completely to Him and allow him to work in us and through
us in order for Him to deliver us from our addictions and compulsions.