Love the Triune God

1 Corinthians 8:3 Those who love God are known by God.

Most of us appreciate good character qualities in others. We appreciate people who are wise, powerful, kind and generous. God puts a higher priority on knowing Him personally and living right than He does just on good character qualities.

Knowing God is about continuous, personal, intimate relationship with Him through the saving grace of Jesus and daily interaction with the Holy Spirit. Knowing God is about knowing the triune God who is there to help us every day in every area of our lives.

 

  • Where is God in your life?
  • If He is not where He should be who moved?

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Do What Is Good

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Romans 15:2 We should all please our neighbours. Let us do what is good for them. Let us build them up.

God expects us to be loving towards our neighbours. In Luke 10 in the Bible Jesus tells us the two greatest commands are to love God and love our neighbours.

When it comes to loving others we can often justify how why we feel that way. Or we can convince ourselves they are not really my neighbours. Our neighbours according to God is anyone who is in need. Loving them means acting towards them in ways that meet their needs and not to put hurdles in front of them

We all have problems, and all have needs this tells me that God wants us to love everybody. That doesn’t mean love and approve everything they do. We all need God’s help to love others and we all need God’s help to do what is good for them.

 

  • What are you doing to help others?

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Encourage Each Other

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Building up others and being encouraged by others is one of the most important processes of recovery.

Most of us have spent our lives being put down by other people. We understand how it feels and what it does to our character. That is why we need to work hard at building up each other.

If people hadn’t encouraged me in my recovery I don’t believe I would be where I am today. None of us has all the answers. The Bible says in 1 John 4:20 “Anyone who says he loves God but in fact hates his brother or sister is a liar. He doesn’t love his brother or sister, whom he has seen. So he can’t love God, whom he has not seen.” If we say we are serious about recovery and can’t let go of our resentments we are kidding ourselves.

  • Are you serious about recovery?

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Verse for The Day

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I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common. 1 Corinthians 1:10

The Bible tells us Romans 13:10 “You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.” It doesn’t say we have to like everyone or approve of how they are living. Our verse today says “You must get along with each other.”

Getting along with others is sometimes just tolerance and:

Tolerance of sin undermines our faith. Getting along with others does not mean tolerating their sin. We should not condone bad behavior and practices that lead people away from God.

Toleration of sin hurts us and hurts others. It is better to tolerate the pain of change or removal than to allow sin to take us back to our old ways of thinking and living. Or worse still to stand by and watch others die because of their sinful habits and behaviors.
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Do Unto Others.

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“Don’t criticize, and then you won’t be criticized. For others will treat you as you treat them. And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own? Should you say, ‘Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,’ when you can’t even see because of the board in your own? Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother.” Matthew 7:1-5

Live and Let Live

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

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It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself, you’re unprotected. With a friend, you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snap.

Supportive, healthy relationships are necessary for successful recovery. Standing alone we are vulnerable. We need to learn to trust others, so support others and to admit we need others. Through healthy relationships, we gain strength, wisdom, and relapse to our old ways of thinking, behaving and living.

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Keep It Simple

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What The Bible Says:

The answer’s simple: Live right, speak the truth, despise exploitation, refuse bribes, reject violence, avoid evil amusements. Isaiah 33:15

God’s Decree. “There is something I’m looking for: a person simple and plain, reverently responsive to what I say. Isaiah 66:2

He’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously– take God seriously. Micah 6:8

Don’t cook up plans to take unfair advantage of others. Don’t do or say what isn’t so. I hate all that stuff. Keep your lives simple and honest.Zechariah 8:17

His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.” Matthew 3:2

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! Luke 6:31

My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. Colossians 2:6

Proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple. 2 Timothy 4:2

Throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your lifeJames 1:21

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Sing To The Lord and Be Not Silent

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Psalms 89:1 Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are.

When the Jews were taken into captivity in Babylon they lost all desire to make music or sing. “Alongside Babylon’s rivers, we sat on the banks; we cried and cried, remembering the good old days in Zion. Alongside the quaking aspens, we stacked our unplayed harps; That’s where our captors demanded songs, sarcastic and mocking: “Sing us a happy Zion song!” Oh, how could we ever sing GOD’s song in this wasteland? “Psalms 137:1-4

When we are living in estrangement to God, in a foreign land of exile to Him there is never going to be the kind of inners response of singing that should be in the heart anyone in tine with His will.

We can have a song of salvation in our hearts. A song of being in accord with Him. We can cope with His help with whatever comes our way.  Romans 6:13 Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time–remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!–into God’s way of doing things. What an exciting prospect. Living life according to His will, doing things His way. The prayer of St Francis says:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Recovery is about seeking to find and to do God’s will in order that others will note our example and seek recovery through Him.

His Part and Ours

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Romans 4:14 If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and filling out all the right forms properly signed, that eliminates personal trust completely and turns the promise into an ironclad contract! That’s not a holy promise; that’s a business deal.

We never really know how bad we are, until we try to change. It is true we become more aware of how selfish we are when we start to care for others. We do not appreciate the defects in our character that are dragging us down until we try to practice right behaviors. It is a big task to depart from our own way of doing things to doing things Gods way.

We limit Christ, minimize His excellence when we allow sin to rule within us. Romans 1:7  says “I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be His own holy people. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.”

We are called to be Gods own people, but it is the character of Jesus Christ that saves us. Through spiritual growth, His character changes us and shapes us into the people God calls us to be. Our part is subjection to His Lordship in our lives. His part is to plead with God on our behalf.

1 John 2:1 If anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One who is truly righteous.

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We are All in This Together

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James 5:16 Admit to one another that you have sinned. Pray for one another so that you might be healed. The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen.

We are all in this together. The purpose* of recovery fellowships is to support. We are not here to fix each other. Fixing our lives is God’s domain, not ours. In recovery, we are here to support one another and to encourage one another.

Over my years of recovery have met many different individuals from many different backgrounds. All with one thing in common. We all need recovery. We all have problems and issues in our lives for which we need God’s help and the help of other people. Don’t be a lone ranger.

  • When have you known you needed help and tried to go it alone?
  • How did that workout or you?

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