Don’t Jump to The Wrong Conclusions

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“Follow the evidence to where it leads, even if the conclusion is uncomfortable.” 
― Steven James

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.

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Enthusiasm

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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

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Day 327- Selfishness

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 .

Recovery Thought #284

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…..

Tonight at liferecovery@theSalvos

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
GOD SAYS
They delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
Psalm 1:2

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

God as a Heavenly Father

Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church Pastor Andrew Fisher spoke about looking at the characteristics of ‘God our Heavenly Father.

The message today made me think about my characteristics as ‘Dad, the earthly Father.’ I can say to anyone of my three children “Guess what” and they will each reply “I know Dad you love me.” They know that because I like to tell them as often as I can.

Today I found myself asking myself “do they really know it?” “would I want me as a Father.” I need to answer honestly -SOMETIME.

Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church God challenged me to make sure when I ask that question in future to my three wonderful children to make sure they understand what it means to love them unconditionally, constantly no matter what they do, say or become as they move from childhood to adulthood.

When you tell your kid’s you love them, do they believe you and understand what it means?

Abstinence to Living Life Recovery

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My recovery journey began in 1986.That is when I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps. I learned them and applied some of them.

I listened in meetings when they suggested you ‘take what you want and leave the rest.’ Looking back now I think that was also my attitude to the Steps. The result of this was periods of abstinence and periods of relapse.

In 1989 I began ‘Living Life Recovery’ Up till now (because I haven’t really thought about it) I credited it to the prayer I prayed at the side of my bed, where I heard the voice of Jesus say “You don’t have to live like this anymore,follow me and I will lead you!” Which I still believe was a big part of my transformation. But, it was also due to a Bible Study I was introduced to early on in recovery:

NAVIGATORS, nine weeks of studies in Christian living that set spiritual disciplines in my recovery early and gave me a thirst for God knowledge that has continued in me till this day.

Successfully living life recovery I am certain requires we develop a yearning to understand God’s purpose for our lives, seek to find it and apply it on a daily basis to every area of our lived.

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [ in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. [1 Peter 5:8 AMP]

We will make mistakes

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.

We need to enlist Jesus Christ

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.

All in God’s time!

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 workIsaiah 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.