1 Peter 1:22 You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. So, you have an honest and true love for your brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply, from the heart.
This verse is talking about the purity of our souls. The dictionary defines the soul as” the principle of life, feeling, thought and action in humans,” In other words the part of me that makes me Archie.
Purity in my life is in direct relation to how I feel, think and act towards others. Honest and true love for others comes from learning to love ourselves, be honest about our feelings and thoughts and acting in accordance with God’s guidance and direction. The purpose of recovery is to become more like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says “God planned that those he had chosen would become like his Son.”
- What are your honest feelings and thoughts about recovery?
Psalms 119:128-131 Every law of God is right, whatever it concerns. I hate every other way. Your laws are wonderful; no wonder I obey them. As your plan unfolds, even the simple can understand it. No wonder I wait expectantly for each of your commands.
Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress.
Rather than letting God guide them step by step, some people stubbornly leave recovery and disobey His guidance.
Joshua 1:7 You need only to be strong and courageous and to obey to the letter every law Moses gave you, for if you are careful to obey every one of them, you will be successful in everything you do.
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him–but some of them doubted! Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus resurrection was not an ending! Nor was it just for His closest disciples!
Through the process of recovery, we are all headed in the same direction. We are all offered new life, through faith in Him. New lives in which we are instructed by Him to help others in recovery grow spiritually.
Recovery will help us to build solid SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS
Luke 6:49He who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.
Recovery will introduce us to the KINGDOM OF GOD
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Recovery will help us develop GOOD CHARACTER
Genesis 22:1 God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Recovery will help us to CHANGE OUR LIVES
John 4:39 Many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”
It is our hope that through Living Life Recovery EVERYONE will get an introduction to establishing Spiritual Recovery Foundations that will help them gain a fresh perspective on life. That they will gain new insights into living. And most of all they will meet the god of the Bible and He will help you to change your life forever.
Easter Is Over – LET’S DO OUR PART!
Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer your prayers and requests to God. Then, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. This peace will control the way you think and feel.
If we confess our sins to God, He can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.
We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.
If you obey every law except one, you are guilty of breaking them all. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.
Philippians 4:6-7 ~ 1 John 1:9 ~ James 1:14-15 ~ James 2:10 ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20
Coping is not control. Many of us believe that as long as we cope with our problems we are in control of them.
Our coping mechanisms will eventually become our controllers if we don’t change them.
Eventually, when our coping mechanisms stop working we realize we are out of control, need to take responsibility for our bad choices and turn to God for help in doing so.
Step Two: I believe God exists, that he cares about me
and He can help me to regain control of my life.
At one time we too acted like fools. We didn’t obey God. We were tricked. We were controlled by all kinds of longings and pleasures. We were full of evil. We wanted what belongs to others. People hated us, and we hated one another. But the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared. He saved us. It wasn’t because of the good things we had done. It was because of his mercy. He saved us by washing away our sins. We were born again. The Holy Spirit gave us new life. Titus 3:3-5 NLT
Open your eyes
Hebrews 12:14 Without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Growing up in early recovery in The Salvation Army the morning services were always referred to as “The Holiness Meeting.” Being a new Christian I never really understood the difference between the morning and evening services.
It wasn’t till I had been attending Church for some time I realised the meetings weren’t different the response of the people in reverence to God was.
Holiness comes from wholehearted desire to obey God in all things. There is a chorus that says “Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus. To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him” That’s holiness…
- Do you understand Holiness?
- Is it your desire to live a Holy life?
Prayer: Open my eyes, ears and heart Lord today to worship You with reverence.
Deuteronomy 30:2-3 Come back to God, your God, and obey him with your whole heart and soul according to everything that I command you today,  God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.
God offers this gracious message to His people who were living in defeat:
‘Obey Me and be restored.’
Obeying God is in our best interest: This passage encourages us to obey Him with all our heart and soul, according to His Word. We all need to read God’s Word and pray in recovery in order to know what God is commanding us to do. And to seek His help to achieve it.
The most difficult part of verse 2 is making a conscious decision to start.
Restoration is part of the healing process: In Matthew 8:1-4 we read about a man with Leprosy who came to Jesus and said to Him “Lord” “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”
Jesus response: “Jesus reached out and touched him.” Saying, “I am willing” “Be healed”
Verse 3 tells us if we obey God, Jesus will not only change us but He will also restore, in our character the things we have lost as a result of our addcitions and compulsive lifestyles.
Just for today I am going to obey God with all of my heart and trust Him to restore in me the things I have lost due to my addictions and compulsions.
Good service today at BSBC. Key verse was: Matthew 6:10 Set the world right; Do what’s best– as above, so below.
Christians are called to pray and work for the continual advance of God’s kingdom on earth
The presence of God’s kingdom in the lives of believers, and the reigning presence of Christ in his body, the church. So we are challenged in scripture to increasingly reflect Christ’s love, obey his laws, honour him, do good for all people, and proclaim the good news of the kingdom.
The Bible speaks of God’s will, which means God’s “revealed will” , which involves conduct that is pleasing to him as revealed in His Word.