Purify Your Soul

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1 Peter 1:22 You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. So, you have an honest and true love for your brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply, from the heart.

This verse is talking about the purity of our souls.  The dictionary defines the soul as” the principle of life, feeling, thought and action in humans,  In other words the part of me that makes me Archie.

Purity in my life is in direct relation to how I feel, think and act towards others. Honest and true love for others comes from learning to love ourselves, be honest about our feelings and thoughts and acting in accordance with God’s guidance and direction. The purpose of recovery is to become more like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says “God planned that those he had chosen would become like his Son.”

  • What are your honest feelings and thoughts about recovery?

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What’s For Lunch?

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Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

Replenishment in our souls is important. We cannot allow our spiritual pantries to get empty. So many people enter the recovery process and commence with a real appetite then starve themselves of spiritual nourishment. Some snack occasionally or indulge in junk food. The enemy is happy to have us attracted to his sweet desserts, ignoring the main meal.  The Bible says “He humbled you and let you be hungry. Then he fed you with manna–something you did not know about before. It was something your ancestors had never seen. Why did the Lord do this? Because he wanted you to know that it is not just bread that keeps people alive. People’s lives depend on what the Lord says.” Deuteronomy 8:3

Spiritual appetite is cultivated by acquiring a taste for the nutritious foods of the Word of God and soul building exercises of prayer, fellowship. discipline and faith.

Those who trust in the LORD will become strong again–like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired.  Isaiah 40:31

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Soul Destroying Recollections

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Psalms 42:11 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again–my Savior and my God!

Bad memories. They can haunt us. The memory of a broken relationship, a childhood hurt, loss of a family member or a friend or other painful experiences. Often leaving unforgettable impressions on our minds and affecting our innermost being. Memories that have led us to lives of addiction or other problems in our lives. Must we suffer for the rest of our lives? The answer is a definite NO! They may take time to overcome, but God can heal whatever is holding us back or separating us from all He has in store for us.  Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26

Many of us hold ourselves back in the process of spiritual growth by continually dwelling on bad memories.

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again–my Savior and my God! Psalms 42:11 We must disqualify the potency of bad memories and dwelling on old wounds by “putting our hope in God and praising Him again and again.” Denounce the enemy, dismiss past memories when they enter your thinking (Stinking Thinking Leads to drinking) Prayerfully turn to God, delve into His Word, meditate on it and let Him reshape your bad memories with new memories.

Living Life Recovery Reflection 260

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LIVING LIFE RECOVERY REFLECTION #260
PURIFY YOUR SOUL

1 Peter 1:22 You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. So, you have an honest and true love for your brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply, from the heart.

This verse is talking about purity of our souls.  The dictionary defines the soul as” the principle of life, feeling, thought and action in humans,  In other words the part of me that makes me Archie.

Purity in my life is in direct relation to how I feel, think and act towards others. Honest and true love for others comes from learning to love ourselves, be honest about our feelings and thoughts and acting in accordance with God’s guidance and direction. The purpose of recovery is to become more like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says “God planned that those he had chosen would become like his Son.”

 

  • What are your honest feelings and thoughts about recovery?

Prayer: God help me to purify my soul with Your help and guidance.

August 16, 2015

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” John 6:51

Bread is still the most common article in food in the world. It comes in many varieties, shapes and styles. The Bible says “man doesn’t live by bread alone. Matthew 4.4So God sent Jesus who proclaims “I am the living bread which came from heaven.”  He is life’s essential nourishment and He tells us “If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever.”

EAT AND LIVE – there is no spiritual nourishment for the soul without Him.

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