ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER
Reflection #248 , 2017
Romans 14:19 Let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build each other up.
Building up others and being encouraged by others is one of the most important processes of recovery.
Most of us have spent our lives being put down by other people. We understand how it feels and what it does to our character. That is why we need to work hard at building up each other.
If people hadn’t encouraged me in my recovery I don’t believe I would be where I am today. None of us has all the answers. The Bible says in 1 John 4:20 “Anyone who says he loves God but in fact hates his brother or sister is a liar. He doesn’t love his brother or sister, whom he has seen. So he can’t love God, whom he has not seen.” If we say we are serious about recovery and can’t let go of our resentments we are kidding ourselves.
- Are you serious about recovery?
Prayer: Lord help me encourage others
Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. But I do more than thank. I ask–ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory–to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for you. God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.
Philippians 2:14-15 Do everything readily and cheerfully–no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night
The way to avoid unnecessary arguments is clear understanding by all parties. The way for all parties to understand is clear lines of communication. I read somewhere that communication is depositing a part of yourself in another person.
The reality is that clear communication doesn’t just happen. We need to learn to speak truthfully to each other and we need to learn for forgive one another when we don’t get it right.
– Is there anyone you need to go and apologise to because of poor communication?
Prayer: God help me today to communicate clearly with
everyone I interact with and avoid any confusion.
Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! Good Sense will scout ahead for danger, Insight will keep an eye out for you. (Psalm 51:12 Proverbs 2:11)
IF WE HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE GOD HE WILL GUIDE US
Psalm 25:9 He gives the rejects his hand, And leads them step-by-step.
If you find yourself tempted to relapse, remember God teaches the humble His Way.
FOLLOWING JESUS INVOLVES TAKING A NEW DIRECTION
Matthew 2:12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.
Are you willing for God to lead you in a totally new and unfamiliar direction?
THE LONGER WE KNOW JESUS THE BETTER WE UNDERSTAND HIS WAYS
John 12:16 The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.
As you mature through the recovery process you will look back and see God’s interaction in all that has and is happening to you.
Total health, physically, mentally and spiritually depends on the extent of our God-consciousness. When we are unfit inefficiencies and sluggishness appear in our lives. We lack drive, motivation and real effort.
Walking with God daily is part of our fitness routine in the recovery process. It has to be maintained and it has to be consistent. To walk with Him we need to go His Way. When we do He will help us get fit and He will help us to keep fit.
Romans 5:5-8 says: We can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
In our weakness we have walked in selfish ways that have made us unfit, physically, mentally and spiritually. Now we are in recovery we need to walk on His chosen path for our lives so we can be all He is calling us to be and do all He is calling us to do.
Don’t hold back:
Proverbs 3:27 Don’t hold back good from those who are worthy of it. Don’t hold it back when you can help.
God’s ability to do good is not limited by our understanding. When we have to do things we don’t want to do or don’t feel up to doing God offers us extraordinary resources. We should not put off contacting people on our list because we don’t want to or don’t feel up to meeting them. In this step we need to put our faith in God and trust Him to bring good out of our willingness to go through the process.
If things don’t go according to our expectations we need to learn not to grumble about them, complain about them or blame God because we didn’t get the outcome we wanted.
- Are you willing to approach people who may reject your attempts to repair
Prayer: Lord help me to understand the process
I am going through is for my spiritual growth not others.
Open your eyes
Hebrews 12:14 Without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Growing up in early recovery in The Salvation Army the morning services were always referred to as “The Holiness Meeting.” Being a new Christian I never really understood the difference between the morning and evening services.
It wasn’t till I had been attending Church for some time I realised the meetings weren’t different the response of the people in reverence to God was.
Holiness comes from wholehearted desire to obey God in all things. There is a chorus that says “Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus. To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him” That’s holiness…
- Do you understand Holiness?
- Is it your desire to live a Holy life?
Prayer: Open my eyes, ears and heart Lord today to worship You with reverence.