Do the right thing!

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off– and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave with a rich man, Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true. Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it–life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him. Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins. Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly– the best of everything, the highest honors– Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep.  Isaiah 53:6-12

Whenever we suffer from doing what is right in God’s name through His will He will use it to minister to others and will make things right either in this life or the next.

New Life

Consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Because you belong to him, the powerof the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. 

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Romans 6:11~ Romans 8:2 ~ John 6:63 ~ Romans 8:11

Repent of your sins and Turn to God

Nobody’s perfect: Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”  Luke 13:1-5

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Step Four ~ Week One

“I WILL INVESTIGATE MY SINFUL HABITS AND ATTITUDES”
In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help – my sinful habits and attitudes.

Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God.
                                                                                                                             Lamentations 3:40

Take a good look at yourself

Luke 11:36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.

The only way to work out what in your life is stopping you from following God is to take inventory, Step Four says “In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help – my sinful habits and attitudes.”

The first time I took an honest inventory of my life, my habits and attitudes were whilst staying in the William Both Men’s Hostel in Adelaide. I had decided before I ever got to recovery if I really wanted to change my life I needed to know and to understand me.
I still have a copy of that inventory. The language is colourful. Some of the things I wrote were untrue but I believed them at the time based on how I was feeling back then.

~ When was the last time you took a good look at yourself?

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Psalms 26:2 Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out.

Psalms 17:3 Go ahead, examine me from inside out, surprise me in the middle of the night– You’ll find I’m just what I say I am.

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Within five days, the Chief Priest Ananias arrived with a contingent of leaders, along with Tertullus, a trial lawyer. They presented the governor with their case against Paul. When Paul was called before the court, Tertullus spoke for the prosecution:”Most Honorable Felix, we are most grateful in all times and places for your wise and gentle rule. We are much aware that it is because of you and you alone that we enjoy all this peace and gain daily profit from your reforms. I’m not going to tire you out with a long speech.I beg your kind indulgence in listening to me. I’ll be quite brief. “We’ve found this man time and again disturbing the peace, stirring up riots against Jews all over the world, the ringleader of a seditious sect called Nazarenes. He’s a real bad apple, I must say. We caught him trying to defile our holy Temple and arrested him. You’ll be able to verify all these accusations when you examine him yourself.” The Jews joined in: “Hear, hear! That’s right!” The governor motioned to Paul that it was now his turn. Paul said, “I count myself fortunate to be defending myself before you, Governor, knowing how fair-minded you’ve been in judging us all these years. I’ve been back in the country only twelve days –you can check out these dates easily enough. I came with the express purpose of worshiping in Jerusalem on Pentecost, and I’ve been minding my own business the whole time. Nobody can say they saw me arguing in the Temple or working up a crowd in the streets.

Not one of their charges can be backed up with evidence or witnesses. “But I do freely admit this: In regard to the Way, which they malign as a dead-end street, I serve and worship the very same God served and worshiped by all our ancestors and embrace everything written in all our Scriptures. And I admit to living in hopeful anticipation that God will raise the dead, both the good and the bad. If that’s my crime, my accusers are just as guilty as I am. “Believe me, I do my level best to keep a clear conscience before God and my neighbors in everything I do. Acts 24:1-16

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Recovery always takes place in the context of relationships. So taking our personal inventory in the recovery process must lead us to make improvements in how we relate to others. We may not be in a position of leadership, but we are always an example to others.

When we are taking inventory on a regular basis, everyone wins: We do because we grow; others do because they are encouraged.

A successful recovery will lead to the healing of our broken relationships.

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1 Corinthians 11:28 Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe. (Talking About Communion)

1 John 4:1 My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.

Jeremiah 11:20 I said, “God-of-the-Angel-Armies, you’re a fair judge. You examine and cross-examine human actions and motives. I want to see these people shown up and put down! I’m an open book before you.”

Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”

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I WILL TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT MY SINFUL HABITS AND ATTITUDES
and with God’s help, I will do what I need to do to change them.

BAD HABITS AND ATTITUDES DON’T BECOME BAD HABITS AND ATTITUDES OVERNIGHT

BAD HABITS AND ATTITUDES NEED TO BE REPLACED WITH GOOD HABITS AND ATTITUDES

BAD HABITS AND ATTITUDES CAN ONLY BE CHANGED WITH GOD’S HELP

THE HABITS AND ATTITUDES WE NEED TO IMITATE IN OUR CHARACTER ARE THE HABITS AND ATTITUDES OF JESUS

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Luke 4:16-19 He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place.When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”

Matthew 6:5-6 “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?

“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.”

 

 

 

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