He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually, the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’
Jesus Christ came to save sinners. He called us to be Holy, to seek His will for us and to carry it out with His help
The Scriptures provide precedent: Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor. Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it. To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him, The stone the workmen threw out is now the chief foundation stone. For the untrusting it’s . . . a stone to trip over, a boulder blocking the way. They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted. But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you– from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. 1 Peter 2:6-10
Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to thee;
Out of my sickness into thy health,
Out of my want and into thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into thyself,
Jesus, I come to thee.
(The Salvation Army Song Book)
In many ways, recovery is incomparable to anything else that can happen to us in life. It sounds like a radical step to take, but it’s worthwhile. From brokenness and depression to salvation and transformation. 2 Timothy 3:11 You know about my persecutions and my sufferings. You know all the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra–the persecution I suffered in those places. But the Lord saved me from all of it.
The darkness of our souls can disappear with the coming of the ‘Light of God’ Acts 26:23 “They said that he would bring the light of God’s saving truth to the Jewish people and to the non-Jewish people.”
HEAVEN IS CALLING US TO HIM!
The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me.
A true witness never lies; a false witness makes a business of it. If you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
Now that the worst is over, we’re pleased we can report that we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world–and even more importantly, face you with our heads held high. But it wasn’t by any fancy footwork on our part. It was God who kept us focused on him, uncompromised.
Psalms 19:7 ~ Psalms 116:6 ~ Proverbs 14:5 ~ Romans 12:8 ~ 2 Corinthians 1:12
Your addiction was a blessing because despair and brokenness got you to the place that God was all you had left. He answered your prayer, saved you, and set you into recovery to begin anew. No longer about you, it’s now all about him. You stop being a taker, and begin to be a giver. The condition of your heart determines the course of your life, and your only protection is to operate in God’s grace and tender mercies.
Before all else, give your heart to the one who knows your heart. Addiction hardened your heart with no hope. You no longer need to dangle your toes off the edge of the cliff to the dark abyss. Be encouraged on your imperfect journey, and don’t beat yourself up when falling short. Abba Father delights in each step you take toward him.
Lord, I’m grateful your love kept me safe when standing at the edge of the cliff. Guard my heart so my blessing can become a blessing to others. Amen.
PROVERBS 4:23; 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7; JEREMIAH 17:9
John 4:42 “We no longer believe just because of what you said. We have now heard for ourselves. We know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings. – Ovid
In the process of recovery it’s not enough just to believe that God exists. Romans 3:28 says “We firmly believe that people are made right with God because of their faith.” We are saved by faith, not by what we do. True faith always results in changed lives as does honestly implimenting the Twelve Steps to daily living. True faith involves commitment of every area of our lives to God. It includes seeking to now His will for our lives and asking Hom for the power and resources to carry it out.
Luke 10:19 says “I have given you authority to walk all over snakes and scorpions. You will be able to destroy all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you.” Last night at Living Life Recovery in Dandenong we talked about fear and how we often don’t do what we know God wants us to do because of fear (or is it doubt?) The Bible tells us clearly God has given us authority to do all and be all He calls us to be. We need to learn everyday to fearlessly trust in His faithfulness to us in all tha we do.
Prayer: Lord help me today to completely trust You,
and equip me to do all You are calling me to do.
Jesus gives us hope
Psalms 10:17 Lord, you hear the longings of those who are hurting. You cheer them up and give them hope. You listen to their cries.
God understands our suffering and Jesus identifies with it. He was made perfect through suffering far greater than any of us will ever experience. He didn’t need to suffer, but He chose to for our benefit.
Through His suffering He opened the way for us to be saved, to be changed and to recover.
Some of the most rewarding experiences in the process of my recovery have been times of suffering. Because in my suffering I have had to depend on God more than when everything has gone well. When we rely on God through trusting He has it all under control and works out our lives to benefit us we experience the greater things of God.
- Is there a time in Your life when God’s hope was Your only hope?
Prayer: Lord help me to put my hope in You and not in myself,
other people or circumstances.