God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in! 7Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you. Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvellously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
- GOD KNOWS ALL ABOUT YOU
God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. Psalm 139:1
- GOD KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT YOURSELF
Thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvellously made! I worship in adoration Psalm 139:14
- GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU THINK OTHER PEOPLE THINK ABOUT YOU
“If there happens to be a feast celebrated, don’t go there either to enjoy the festivities.” Jeremiah 16:8
- GOD KNOWS YOUR POTENTIAL FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. 1 Corinthians 9:25
1 Corinthians 9:25 highlights the importance of the continued application of the principles of recovery and resetting our focus not on ourselves but on the things God wants us to be focused on.
Matthew 12:35 A good man says good things. These come from the good that is put away inside him. An evil man says evil things. These come from the evil that is put away inside him.
A good man says good things! What we say should please God. When you speak to others would you speak differently if you though God was examining every word you said? Would He approve of your words and your thoughts?
As we progress in recovery we need to change the way we think and the way we speak. I used to swear a lot. I don’t know why I just did. And I used to think all the wrong thoughts. Until I came into relationship with the Holy Spirit, started to check myself and ask myself the question: “Would God approve?” We change what we say when we allow God’s love to guide our day.”
- Do you swear a lot and do you think God approves?
Prayer: Lord today let me speak to others as I would to You and to only use word that You approve.
Ephesians 4:25 Each of you must get rid of your lying. Speak the truth to your neighbor. We are all parts of one body.
The cause of all relapse is dishonesty. Lying to God, to ourselves or to others leads to more lies to cover up the first lie told. The result from the first lie leading us back into our old ways of thinking, acting and reacting.
I am still surprised how many people I hear justifying their lies to protect the other person. Lying protects nobody because when the truth is revealed it is a bigger task to repair the damage than it would have been telling the truth.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says recovery is a process that demands rigorous honesty.
– Have you lied today?
– Do you need to talk to God about it?
Prayer: Lord help me today, to tell the truth, no matter how hard it seems.
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. 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.”
Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. 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.
Nothing can defeat you when you focus on God and take all the help He is making available. to you
Prayer is speaking to God
Psalms 4:3 Look at this: look Who got picked by God! He listens the split second I call to him.
Sometimes we think God isn’t listening to us. That because of where we have been and what we have done He can’t possibly be interested in what we have to say. We think because we fail to meet His standards of living we are beyond His care. But He does.
God will always listen too us when we go to Him with a sincere desire to change our lives. His answers may not always be what we want to hear but they will always be what we need to hear – He loves us and He is always ready to listen to our problems and guide us through faith to the right solutions to overcome them.
Prayer: Lord help me today to speak to You. Openly and honestly.
And show me what I need to do to overcome the problems that are stopping
me from moving forward with You.
Psalms 139:1-12 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too– your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful– I can’t take it all in! 7 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute– you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
We are totally exposed to God. In this Psalm David reminds us that each one of us is known. everything we do, everything we think, everything we say. It has never been easy for man to live with this. “I am an open book to You.” This can be a frightening experience. Ever since Adam and Eve attempted to hide from God people have devised clever tricks to camouflage their wherabouts and cover up their sins.The Bible clearly defines two things about this:
1- There is nothing we can do to escape exposure to God.
2- Goed despises hypocrisy; the practice of making out we are something we are not.
When we are in touch with the truthnthere is brought before our eyes stories of those “found out.” Numbers 32:23 “If you don’t do what you say, you will be sinning against God; you can be sure that your sin will track you down.”
Prayer: God You know all about me. My past boythers me, my life a mess.
Please forgive me and save me. Show me how to move forward with You.