“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.
Philippians 1:9 I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding.
God reveals truth to people who will act on it. Some people can’t understand the truth because they are not ready for it. When you go to talk to people about repairing relationships don’t be surprised id they don’t understand when you talk about God and what He is doing in your life. Be patient with them and remember because you are in recovery doesn’t mean everyone else is.
Take time to pray that the Holy Spirit will open their minds and their hearts to receive the truth and to act on it. And take time before meeting with anyone to read what the Bible says about repairing relationships and making amends.
- Have you read what the Bible says about making amends, restitution and forgiving others?
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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?
Romans 15:7 Warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.
Church is not a building. Church is not a place. Church is a people! It is made up of people from all walks of life, weak, strong, rich, poor, addictive and compulsive. People with all sorts of problems in their lives. People who need help, people who need recovery, people who need Jesus. People whom the Bible tells us to “warmly welcome them into Church (Recovery) in the same way we were welcomed when we first arrived. Step Twelve says “Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”
- When you see someone new in recovery, how are you welcoming them?
That’s God! With him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. Every time I’m in trouble I call on Him, confident that We will answer. Far better to take refuge in Him than trust in people;
Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.
Psalms 27:1 ~ Psalms 86:7 ~ Psalms 118:8 ~ 1 Corinthians 10:12
A transformed life is an effective witness to the power of God’s Word. Are you shining brightly, or are you clouded by complaining and arguing?
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not a partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.
I have a confession to make “I am not very good at this.” I remember being told to see the good in everyone and help people where ever I can. I love recovery and am passionate about introducing those who are still caught up in the addictions and compulsions to a ‘New Way of Living.’ I cop and put up with a lot of unwarranted and unfriendly flack for that.
1 Peter 3:16 “Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath.” Not always easy. I read recently “You can’t stop people saying wrong things about you, but you can stop supplying them with ammunition.” As long as we are living the best we can with God’s guidance and help nothing can separate us from His love and His presence. We can have confidence in the future, know that He is faithful and be content in Him.
Progressing with ‘Church For People With Addictions‘
All going according to plan will be posting a test video mid next week.