God’s Standards

Ephesians 5:10 Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.

Recovery is about developing good-moral character. Which is possible only with God’s help.

Knowing God’s standards is not enough. We have to live them. As human beings we are all prone to failure because it is human nature to live by our own standards.

One of the things I did as part of my step four list was to include in it God’s standards of right living. What I ended up with was a list o direction for changing my defects.

What I did with that list in steps five and six was to get alone with it and God and pray for God-pleasing change.

  • When was the last time you reviewed your step four list and asked God to help you change?

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Live Well, Live Wisely, Live Humbly

James 3:13-18 Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom–it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

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Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’

 

The Word for Recovery

Pay attention: I’m teaching you the rules and regulations that God commanded me, so that you may live by them in the land you are entering to take up ownership. Keep them. Practice them. You’ll become wise and understanding. When people hear and see what’s going on, they’ll say, “What a great nation! So wise, so understanding! We’ve never seen anything like it.”  Deuteronomy 4:5-6
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Don’t be Foolish

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Galatians 6:7 Don’t be fooled. You can’t outsmart God.

Many people in recovery learn to say the right things and do the right things thinking that is what recovery is all about. It isn’t. Recovery has nothing to do with what we say and do and everything to do with what God does in and through us.

Foolish attitudes and behaviour have no lasting value in our lives. The most foolish thing any of us can do is think we can achieve recovery on our own. We all need His forgiveness and we all need his help to change our lives and repair our relationships.

Before deciding to embark on any missions of repairing relationships we need to spend time alone with God and ask Him to prepare the way forward for us.

  • Have you prayed over your list of people and asked God to prepare you to meet them?

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Up Against It

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John 16:33 “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”

When we turn from our past of disillusionment and attempt to live a new lifestyle, it is not going to be easy. Let’s not kid ourselves. Self-confidence will soon be shattered. The world will not pat us on the back for trying to change our lives. We will run into all types of trials and sorrows. Trials that will distress us, sorrows that will have us thinking “What’s the point?”  We may be tempted to ‘Throw in the towel’  to ‘Give up before we get going.’  

Jesus summons us to trustingly ‘Keep throwing ourselves upon Himself’ because He has “Overcome the world” and cheerfully invites our participation in the victory He has attained.

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Don’t Just Hold Grudges

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Romans 12:17-18 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody.

I read this verse and immediately into my head jumps the phrase “Don’t get hurt, get even.” That’s how I used to think. If you hurt me I would hurt you back, but worse. If you took something from me I would take away something from you, but more precious. It wasn’t a healthy way to live and it meant through recovery I had a lot of work to do on me.

The verse 18 says “ If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody..” In other words, don’t hold grudges and take action that is going to repair relationships.

I have heard a lot of people over the years say to me “I talked to God about it, that’s enough.” It’s not! None of us were designed to live alone with God. He designed us for relationship/ To not only get along with others but to help others become all that He created them to be. 

  • Who would you rather hold a grudge against than repair the relationship with?

Prayer: Lord help me today to recognize the people in my life I am holding resentments against and do whatever I can to repair our relationship.

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