God Can Be Trusted

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
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Overcoming self-doubt

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Romans 12:19 My friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back,” says the Lord.

Forgiveness is stronger than revenge. When I felt offended or hurt by someone in my using days my response was “Don’t get hurt get even.” My philosophy was if someone hurt me I would hurt them back, but worse. Always trying to prove I was stronger and tougher than everyone else. Even though I often didn’t feel that way.

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Often we try to prove our authority and strength over others. Which in my own experience is usually an indication of our fear and self-doubt. Instead of feeling fear and self-doubt we need to hand our hurts and offense over to God and trust him to deal with it.

  • In what areas are fear and self-doubt stopping you from repairing relationships?

Prayer: Lord help me today to overcome my feelings of fear and self-doubt
and put my faith in You.

Permanent Commitment

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Romans 2:4 Do you make fun of God’s great kindness and favour? Do you make fun of God when he is patient with you? Don’t you realize that God’s kindness is meant to turn you away from your sins?

 How serious are you about God? Are you committed to the process of recovery?

Commitment to God and the process must be consistent. In the process of recovery, we made a commitment to obey God, to trust Him. The way we live now shows others our strength and commitment to the process.

Commitment to God and the process of recovery need to be lifelong commitments.  God expects our commitment to the process of spiritual growth to be permanent, not temporary.

 

  • Are you committed to the recovery process and continuing to change what needs to be changed in your life?

Prayer: God if anything gets in the way of my commitment to the process of recovery help me remove it.

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In God We Trust

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We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it–and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. Galatians 2:16

So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God. Hebrews 6:1

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“Nothing But The Truth”

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In his place shall arise a vile person ……. he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue. Daniel 11:21

In recovery, we realize there is no mincing of words, no pulling the wool over our eyes, no departure from honesty and no infiltration of fantasy. We face the facts, we see ourselves as we really are, warts and all. But we also see the hidden credentials. We are confronted with the truth of the Bible and challenged to consider Christ.

A caring God gives high premium to those who drugged by lies and ruined by recklessness come to sanity and rectify their mistakes, ideas, and ways. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:7 This is the commendable thing in honesty to do: Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6

It is incumbent on us, to be honest, and face up to the truth. Not allowing ourselves to be cheated by an abundance of intrigue, should it appear. We need to maximize our effort at gaining God’s commendation for seeking and knowing Jesus Christ as our One True Higher Power. 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jesus said Luke 12:2 There is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.

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Principle 1 – HONESTY

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STEP ONE: I admit that my life is a mess and I am out of control.

I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.
Romans 7:18-21

 

Honesty – The operating principle behind step one is honesty. If you can’t get honest about your problems and get honest about making a sincere effort to resolve them, you will not succeed. A good definition of honesty is the absence of the intention to deceive? Who are you trying to deceive?

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The integrity of the honest keeps them on track. An honest life shows respect for God. It is better to be poor and honest than a rich person no one can trust. God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children. 

 God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love–like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do.

 Proverbs 11:3 ~ Proverbs 14:2 ~ Proverbs 19:1 ~ Proverbs 20:7 ~ Ephesians 4:15

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The truth brings freedom. Only Jesus offers true freedom. Our job is to learn the steps and apply them to every area of our lives daily and share the message of ‘Good News’ with others who are still struggling in their problems. We can do this only by speaking the truth and backing up our words by demonstrating what He has done for us.

An invitation to love. One of the most beautiful chapters in the Bible about love is 1 Corinthians 1:13. Paul points out in this chapter loves is more than emotion; it is selfless action. Love requires telling the truth. Even when it’s difficult or painful. No relationship built on lies can improve our lives or the lives with those we are in a relationship with.

The importance of trust. When life is going smoothly, trust is easy. Trust in our lives is tested when nothing makes sense. God alone is sufficient to help us deal with our problems when nothing seems to be going right. But, for Him to help us we need to tell Him the truth (even though He knows it anyway) do what we can to resolve our problems and trust Him for the outcomes.

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Rejected honesty is better than accepted dishonesty. God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this Message. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 When Jesus Christ becomes our Higher Power it comes with a responsibility, to be honest in our words and in our actions.

 Honesty breeds trust. Since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don’t add words like “I swear to God” to your own words. Don’t show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can’t be used against you. James 5:12

Exaggerating and lying makes it difficult for anyone to believe us. Always tell the truth and you will become trustworthy.

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Stand Firm

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Philippians 1:28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. 

Some of us have an endless list of problems confronting us. Circumstances surrounding us that cannot be easily resolved. Issues that have haunted us for far too long. Enemies or opponents that have constantly niggled us. Now, we read in the Bible “Don’t be intimidated.”

Fear of what we are up against can be terrifying. Which, if left undealt with can cause us to give in to hopelessness and fall back into our old ways of acting and reacting.  Giving in to despair can maroon us.

Faith believes in the Lord Jesus. The armies of Heaven are considerably greater than any force man can muster. Meaningful support is guaranteed when we are prepared to trust God. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!  God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”  Psalms 121:2 ~ Hebrews 13:5  What a valuable promissory note of spiritual encouragement. Even when we don’t have what it takes, God does. As long as we give our wills and lives to him and let Him lead we can depend on Him to help us to stand Firm.

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Trust God

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I hate all this silly religion, but you, God, I trust. Trust Go absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for Him. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God

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