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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Stop Telling lies

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Numbers 23:19 God isn’t a mere man. He can’t lie. He isn’t a human being. He doesn’t change his mind. He speaks, and then he acts. He makes a promise, and then he keeps it.

Lying in the past was a way of life to me. Not only did I lie, I also believed my lies. When I came into recovery it took time for me to decipher what the truth was about me and about my life.

Today one of my motto’s is “Always tell the truth.” No matter how bad it is or what the consequences of it may be. Today I try to live a life of ‘Integrity’ I’d like to say I am always truthful, but that would be a lie!

  • Are you a liar?
  • Why can’t you be honest?
  • Are you ready to live a life that demands rigorous honesty?

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Let Go and Let God #3

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The truth is unless you let go unless you forgive yourself unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.
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Monday, August 6, 2018 – 7:30 pm
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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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Humility

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God humbles us for our own good
Deuteronomy 8:16
The God who gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never heard of, in order to give you a taste of the hard life, to test you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you.

God saves the humble
Psalms 18:26-27
The true people taste your truth, The bad ones can’t figure you out. You take the side of the down-and-out, But the stuck-up you take down a peg.

God exalts the humble
Luke 18:14
Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

 

Humble yourself before God
James 4:10 
Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

It is Eye-Opening

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logo_transparent_bgDo you have eyes that can’t see? Do you have ears that can’t hear? Mark 8:18

An old saying poses this startling truth. “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” It is possible to have eyes and refuse to see certain things. In other words, to close your eyes and your mind to the truth. To choose to ignore the facts and allow them to influence you.

Many of us for long periods of time failed to admit our problems, closing our eyes to the truth. We did not want to face the reality of our situation or circumstances. Maintaining recovery as an ongoing enjoyment is dependent on clear-sightedness. The realization of, then admission of our problem is a ‘necessity’ in the process. We can’t afford to close our eyes as we progress.

Have we opened our eyes to our need? There are a lot of things associated with our past we still may not want to look at openly and honestly. Venturing into our new way of living makes opening our eyes unavoidable. Unless we welcome God’s gifts within and seek to be open to His divine presence in our lives we cannot experience all He has in store for us.

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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True Wisdom begins as we Understand how much God Loves and Cares for us.

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Proverbs 13:20 says we “Become wise by walking with the wise.” One of the cliche’s I heard often in the rooms of recovery over 30+ years is ‘STICK WITH THE WINNERS.’ and Proverbs 14:18 says “Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion.”

True wisdom begins when we ‘Decide to let God help us and commit to working with Him to change.’ (Step Three) 

True wisdom begins when we ‘Ask God what He will have us do and His courage to do it’ (Step Eleven)

True wisdom begins when ‘We apply the principles of recovery to every area of our lives on a daily basis to the best of our ability at this time.’ (Step Twelve)

True wisdom is the ability to see our lives from God’s perspective, identify the best course of action to take and do what we need t do to change our ways.

You won’t find out who ‘THE WINNERS’ are until you get involved and start building a supportive recovery network for yourself. And you put an end to your ‘FOOLISH DREAMS,’ until you ‘Investigate and record with God’s help your sinful habits and attitudes.’ (Step Four)
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