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.

 

 

His Quiet Whisper

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During powerful prayer and devotion time, the enemy might begin to bang loudly on your door. God’s giving you an opportunity to focus, increase your endurance, and grow in your faith. Remember, your recovery into freedom is a marathon, not a sprint. When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

Tests and trials are for you to stay where God has placed you—to run a bit longer without getting winded. When God’s love breaks through, you hear his still, quiet whisper. Powerful winds blow you off course, earthquakes tear apart the ground around you, and a raging fire burns so close; yet, the Lord was not in any of those. After the wind, earthquake, and fire came a gentle whisper—God’s voice.
Searching for God in only big places might cause you to miss your intimate moments with him—when his whisper comes in the quietness of a humbled heart.

Lord, I’m so grateful to leave my mess and climb into your lap to rest. I pray for grace to hear when you knock, and to open the door to welcome you in. Amen.
JAMES 1:3; 1 KINGS 19:11-12; REVELATION 3:20

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#69 When You Pray

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Ephesians 6:13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

‘Prayer is not the conquering of God’s reluctance, but the taking hold of His willingness’ What an encouraging quote! God is forever waiting upon our calling, our requesting, our summoning.

Praise Him for being available.
Reach out to Him regularly.
Allow Him to communicate with you.
Yield everything to His care and control.
Enlist His help in everything.
Retain your commitment to Him and His way of living.

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The accessibility we have to God is almost unbelievable. And, we can allow unbelief to divert us from Him. Prayer is our means of sharing relationship with Him. Not just for taking inventory, but a place of recovery, strength and hope. We can pray anywhere, anytime under any circumstance and He will listen. We need to learn to kneel in prayer, lifting our desires, dreams and hopes to Him. Reaching out and up, becoming sensitive to His reaching in and down. There is elevating power in prayer.

Prayer

Teach may to pray Lord, as you taught the first disciples to pray. May I become a good leaner and committed follower.

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#56 Repentance

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Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repentRevelation 2:5

Jesus called men to repentance. No retreat of that command has ever been issued. Any effort to avoid that requirement has proved futile.  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Matthew 4:17 We cannot bypass it, we dare not dilute it, we must not dismiss it. It has to be an action word for us for the term of our natural lives.

Repentance is a pre-requisite to continued spiritual growth. It is the first thing to do when convicted by the Holy Spirit. It is the one thing required of us before God takes over in reclaiming our sin-ruined lives. Pleading for pardon can only be effective id SIN is realised in our lives and readily recognised as repulsive. Repentance precedes forgiveness!

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Repentance is not a once-in-a-lifetime exercise. It needs to be practiced on a daily basis. Step Ten says “Now that I am in the process of change, I will check myself daily to make sure I am not slipping back into my old ways and if I am, I will take steps to rectify it.” God has provided this means of grace and we can never cease in the process of repentance.  (we will never stop making mistakes)

Sin is the failure to live up to God’s standards of living in our day-to-day lives. It is backing away from God’s will and disregarding His live and truth. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, Romans 3:23

Repentance is the message of recall when we choose to say ‘No’ to God. It is the word of encouragement to recapture when we make a mistake and get it wrong.

Prayer

ThankYou Jesus, that I can come to You in prayer for help when I get it wrong. Save me from my sin, and keep me from repetitive failure and error.

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#31-A New Spirit

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John 6:63 The Holy Spirit gives life. The body means nothing at all. The words I have spoken to you are from the Spirit. They give life.

 For about 30 years of my life, I suffered from a bad back. A result of an accident when drunk which I never took care of when I got clean.

Recently I had a Pastor in healing ministry pray with me for my back and it was fixed.

During that prayer session, the Pastor and I discussed healing ministry and the importance of retraining your Spirit to communicate in God’s power to your body.

Recovery requires renewal of your spirit in God’s strength.

  • Take time to talk to God about a renewal of your spirit.
  • , listen and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.

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