We call them the ‘The Ten Commandments’ Hebrew text speaks about them as the ‘Ten Words’ Ten words necessary to establish the necessary conditions for a free, loving and just community of God’s people to develop in.
Only One God: What is your greatest priority? Jesus said in Matthew 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.” One True Higher Power and His name is Jesus Christ.
No Idols: Worship only Him. Genesis 1:27 God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. Are you living in the likeness of God? Is there anything in your life you are putting ahead of Him?
Don’t Misuse God’s Name: God demands we represent Him properly. Acts 17:28 says “We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.'” As such we should respect Him and communicate His importance in our lives to others as His chosen children.
Sabbath Rest: Time set apart for rest, spiritual rejuvenation and worship. An opportunity to draw closer to God and enhance our relationship with Him. 1 Peter 2:2 says “Like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.”
Honour Your Father And Your Mother: Take seriously your relationships with
elders, they are older and wiser because they have more ‘Life Experience.’ Mark 7:13 says when we fail to honour our parents “You scratch out God’s Word and scrawl a whim in its place.”
Don’t Murder: Life is a precious gift! 2 Peter 3:9 says “God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.”
Anger and rage in our life have no place and because God loves us all and values us all and tells us “Here is a simple rule of thumb for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! Luke6:31 We should see the best in everyone and seek the best for everyone.
No Adultery: Men and women are designed by God to be together. Ecclesiastes 9:9 says “Relish life with the spouse you love Each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift.” The decline in commitment to marriage and family in this world has contributed to the increase in broken homes and extramarital affairs. It is time or us to return to what God intended and obey God’s commandment of ‘No Adultery’
No Stealing: Practice Giving Rather Than Getting. Don’t take things or ideas that don’t belong to you. Don’t cheat on your taxes for personal benefit. Matthew 6:25 says “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.” We need to concentrate on building Godly character and values.
Giving False Testimony: Always tell the truth! Our personal relationship with Jesus is dependent on our acceptance of His Word and Truth. Ephesians 4:15 says “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.” We do that by telling the truth and demonstrating love sincerely for others.
No Coveting: This commandment is more about how we think than how we act. God as our Provider gives us all we need to live the lives He has called us to live. Jesus said: Mark 7:20-23 “It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness– all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” God wants our concern for others to be the motivation of our life desires. To do that we need to replace our desire for what others have with ‘service.’
If we are going to live successfully in community with others seeking and carrying out God’s will for our lives need to become our ‘Greatest Priority.’.
Matthew 7:7-8 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
As we get to know God better and discovery His character we will start to trust Him more and ask Him for His help more than we will rely on our own judgement.
Job 17:3 “God, pledge your support for me. Give it to me in writing, with your signature. You’re the only one who can do it!”
Jesus said Luke 12:56 “Don’t tell me you can’t tell a change in the season we’re in right now.”
Thankyou! for supporting ‘Living Life Recovery’ in 2018. I look forward to sharing with you all in the ‘New Year’ ahead.
Hebrews 3:13 says we should “Speak to each other about these things every day while there is still time so that none of you will become hardened against God, being blinded by the glamor of sin.”
Psalm 27:4 says “The one thing I want from God, the thing I seek most of all, is the living in his presence every day of my life, delighting in his incomparable perfections and glory.”
Proverbs 16:24 says “Kind words are like honey—enjoyable and healthful.”
It is my hope and prayer that in 2019 people will engage with‘Living Life Recovery’ an be prompted to investigate God’s promises fro their lives at their own pace.
“To be like Jesus this hope posses me. In every thought and deed this is my aim my creed.”
Romans 8:29 says “For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son, so that his Son would be the First, with many brothers.”
Galatians 6:16 May God’s mercy and peace be upon all of you who live by this principle and upon those everywhere who are really God’s own.
Philippians 2:13 God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.
Romans 6:4 tells us “Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy.”
In 2019 may we all understand that from the beginning God decided that when we chose to make Jesus our One True Higher Power it would start the process of us becoming more and more like Him on a daily basis as we learn and practice the principles of recovery set out in His Word.
Galatians 6:9-10 says “Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. That’s why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone.”
Ephesians 4:22-24says “Throw off your old evil nature—the old you that was a partner in your evil ways—rotten through and through, full of lust and sham. Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature.”
In 2019 God is going to give us all oppotunities to share recovery with others. From many walks of life with varying problems and issues and He wants us to ‘Step Up!’ and ‘Step Out’ clothed in our ‘New Nature’ and to “alwaysbe kind.’
The two greatest commandments according to Jesus are to “love God” and “love others”
In 2019 it is my hope and prayer that God will use me to ‘Be Different and Make a Difference’ as I allow the words of the song above that say “His Spirit helping me like Him I’ll be.” HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Through faith ‘ONE DAY AT A TIME’ we will become what God calls us to be. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us. Romans 8:38-39
Then he gave an illustration: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. In fact, his barns were full to overflowing—he couldn’t get everything in. He thought about his problem, and finally exclaimed, ‘I know—I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones! Then I’ll have room enough. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “Friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Wine, women, and song for you!”’ “But God said to him, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. Then who will get it all?’ “Yes, every man is a fool who gets rich on earth but not in heaven.” Luke 12:16-21
Romans 2:4 Don’t you realize how patient he is being with you? Or don’t you care? Can’t you see that he has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.
Recovery is wasted if we lose our eternal soul. We need to keep that in mind as we walk forward in recovery and encourage others to do the same.
1 Peter 2:20 If you’re treated badly for good behaviour and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.
People expected me to fail. Some are probably still waiting for the day when it all comes crashing down. Not their fault! When I first entered recovery in 1987 I made a lot of the right noises and one the faith and respect of people just to let them down when I relapsed.
Relapse taught me things about myself I would never have learned without it. I am not suggesting people relapse. But for me it helped me to build a better character by understand the need for rigorous honesty. It helped me to mature because all I had done previously was abstain from alcohol and drugs.
Recovery requires a change of character that can only be obtained through relationship with Jesus.
- Are you ready to take full responsibility for your own maturity?
God knows all about us and still He loves us I know precisely the extent of your violations, the enormity of your sins. Appalling! You bully right-living people, taking bribes right and left and kicking the poor when they’re down. Amos 5:12