Expect God to Answer

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1 John 3:22 We will receive from Him whatever we ask because we obey Him and do the things that please Him.

When you pray do you expect God to answer? If not, why are you bothering to pray?
God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we think He should. Sometimes He says “Yes” sometimes He says “No” and sometimes He says “Not yet” 

Communication with God is a learned experience, a disciplined experience, a personal experience of taking in God’s grace, God’s plan and God’s purpose for our lives. Prayer doesn’t change God, but it changes us. It’s a new ‘Master Plan’ for our lives where we learn to accept His will for our lives and keep moving forward in daily spiritual growth.
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Seek God’s Guidance

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Romans 12:9 Love must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good.

In the process of repairing relationships, we need to be honest, we need to accept responsibility for our part in relationship breakdowns without justifying the bad behaviors of others.

This can be difficult if the person on your list is a close relative or friend. That is why we need to check our list regularly on step eight to ensure people are not on our list for the wrong reasons. We need to pray over our list and seek God’s guidance.

During the process of step eight is a good time to start putting together a prayer list. It is a good time to start talking to God about the people and things you may be nervous about as you prepare for the steps ahead.

  • Do you have a regular quiet time with God to discuss people and events on your list?

 

Prayer: Lord help me to set aside time each day to talk to You about the steps ahead of me.

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Pray Diligently

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Guide me with your laws so that I will not be overcome by evil. Psalms 119:133

I love this verse in the Bible. I have one prayer I pray every day, sometimes several times a day and it is “God show me the next step.” The next step in my recovery, the next step in my relationships, the next step in my work etc.

In my life back in 1989 God and I reached an agreement. He leads I follow. From that day to this day that is how my life has worked. He opens doors and I walk through them. He creates opportunities and I grasp them with both hands. He shows me the next steps to take in my life and I follow them.  Even though I can’t see the whole picture this much I am sure of: God didn’t bring me this far to drop me.

  • How disciplined is your prayer life?
  • When you pray do you give God time to answer?

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Getting Our Focus Fixed

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Hebrews 12:2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed–that exhilarating finish in and with God–he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.

PRAYER FIXES OUR FOCUS
Matthew 6:6 “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”

LISTENING TO JESUS FIXES OUR FOCUS
Matthew 17:17 Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How.”

CONCENTRATING ON GOD’S WILL FIXES OUR FOCUS
Romans 3:31 By shifting our focus from what we do to what God does, don’t we cancel out all our careful keeping of the rules and ways God commanded? Not at all. What happens, in fact, is that by putting that entire way of life in its proper place, we confirm it.

PUTTING OUR FAITH IN JESUS FIXES OUT FOCUS
Galatians 3:1
 Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the Cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.

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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.

Concentrate On You

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1 Peter 2:1 Stop telling lies. Don’t pretend to be something you are not. Stop wanting what others have. Don’t speak against each other.

All the time in recovery I experience people who want to complain about others in recovery.

The Bible tells us to love God and love others. How can we do that when we are too busy taking other people’s inventories? The Serenity Prayer says in its first request to God; Grant me Serenity to accept the things I cannot change.

I am not responsible for anyone else’s recovery and they are not responsible for mine.

Another hard thing to do in the process of recovery is to allow others to make their own mistakes. Tell the truth about your own experience.

  • When have you let someone else’s inventory damage your recovery?

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Prayer:  God help me today to concentrate on me.

Thankfulness

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The Bible says in Psalms 105:1 we should “Thank God!”  we should “Pray to Him by name!”  and we should “Tell everyone you meet what He has done!”  Step 11 in the Living Life Recovery Twelve Steps says “I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.”  Step 12 says “I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”

In the process of recovery we spend a lot of time looking back, thinking about the wrong things we have done. Thankfulness is a bout looking forward. Thanking God that He has helped us to overcome the past and through daily walking  in relationtionship with Him He will use us to help others who are not yet where we are in the process.

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The Secret

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logo_transparent_bgMatthew 6:6 “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”

‘Find a quiet secluded place’ Shut out the world. Unlock the door to God by separating yourself from every other thing. This paradox must work for us to know the secret of Gods will for our lives. Father-child relationship.  A call to dwell in ‘the secret place’ of intimate relationship attained only through intimate response to His invitation. A place of shelter and sanctuary shut in with God.

You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right–he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you– under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing–not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day. Psalms 91:1-5

Two things we must do:

  1. Find a secluded place
  2. Open the door to God

Three things will result”

  1. A secret spontaneity – like a spark within
  2. A secret supply – like a spring gushing within
  3. A secret satisfaction – a wonderful Saviour living within

All of us become in His presence become an open secret which cannot contain but an overflow of witness to His most meaningful delight.