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#2257 Thought For Today

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thought_for_todayRealising I needed God and involving Him in my recovery were two different things.

When God invited me to follow Him my immediate response was YES! But then my pride kicked in.  I started to justify in my own mind why I didn’t really need to follow Him.

Psalms 31:24 Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.

  • Are you willing to take an honest look at yourself?
  • Are you prepared to change your thinking?

 

Step Six After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them,
I am now willing to let God change me.

 

#2028 Verse of The Day

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Lamentations 3:4041 Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God. Let’s lift our hearts and hands at one and the same time, praying to God in heaven.

STEP FOUR: In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help – my sinful habits and attitudes.
STEP SIX: After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them, I am now willing to let God change me.

STEP SIX: After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them,
I am now willing to let God change me.

2 Corinthians 1:7 When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.

KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

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Psalms 19:13 Keep me also from the sins I want to commit. May they not be my master. Then I will be without blame. I will not be guilty of any great sin against your law.

 The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous talks about us trying to find an easier, softer way. Human nature is to always take the easy least troublesome way.

You will not forget your past, but you no longer have to live there. There will be things you think about doing but won’t do because you now know better.

Thinking it isn’t doing it. Step six is about behavioral change. Thought change can take longer. I have had people come to me in recovery and say I had a dream about drinking last night.” It happens. If you have suffered from alcohol addiction your body is used to being driven by alcohol. The same for drugs etc. The important thing is under no circumstances pick up the first one.

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Romans 6:1 What should we say then? Should we keep on sinning so that God’s grace can increase?

Continually carrying on with the same attitudes, behaviours and convictions we have always had will lead to relapse. Through steps one to five we have made life changes that are going to affect the rest of our lives. Change, whilst not always easy is a necessary part of the process of recovery.

It is time to sinning. Because sin separates us from God. Step Six says “After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them, I am now willing to let God change me”

This step talks about ‘Letting go’ of our sinful habits and attitudes and ‘Letting God’ introduce us to new ones. For me letting go was a scary experience. It meant becoming more open and honest with people. It meant spending more time reading the Bible and understanding what the Bible had to say about the ways I had acted and behaved in the past.

Letting God change me was just as hard. I had to unlearn many bad habits and consciously act different that my natural instincts told me to. For the first two years of my recovery I used to write down everything that happened in my day and how I reacted to it. In my quiet time I would find passages in the Bible about my feelings and reactions and how God ‘s Word said I should act and react to things.

Prayer: Lord help me today to take inventory on my sinful attitudes
and actions and to not keep repeating them.

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IMG_0661Step Six:- After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them, I am now willing to let God change me.

1 John 1:6-8 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth–we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin. If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense.

Actions Speak Louder than Words. 

  • Actions mean little without faith
     Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him.  Acts 10:38
  • There must be faith behind your actions.
    Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom. Matthew 5:20

  • God uses the actions of faithful people.
    If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.”  Esther 4:14

  • Believing God’s Word leads to obeying God’s Word
    Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! James 1:22

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IMG_0661Step Six:- After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them, I am now willing to let God change me.

Genesis 35:19-21 Rachel died and was buried on the road to Ephrath, that is, Bethlehem. 20 Jacob set up a pillar to mark her grave. It is still there today, “Rachel’s Grave Stone.” Israel kept on his way and set up camp at Migdal Eder.

Expressing Grief is an important part of the healing process of recovery . We should never be afraid to grieve. Some people (mainly men) consider expressing emotions as a weakness. Often we try to appear strong by hiding how we feel. But expressing our grief can help us deal with our feelings appropriately.

Having fo face and deal with some of the character defects we have grown used to after many years of developing them can result in feelings of grief.  But the can be roadblocks to our spiritual growth if left unchecked.

Take time to look at your list from Step Four and take some time to grieve and feel the pain of the loss of some of the things that have comforted you during your life of addiction and compulsion.

Be honest about your feelings. Don’t over exagerrate them or make the loss of them a bigger issue than they are. TAke time to assess what your new way of living is going to be like without these defects of character and CELEBRATE.

 

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Step Six: After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them, I am now willing to let God change me.

Romans 12:2 Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.

The battle for our mind goes on. What we think, what we allow to filter into or fill our minds and what controls our minds are what we will become. Choosing to change our thinking can bring opposition. A battle can rage within us and can tempt us to return to the status quo of the past, to pander to the worlds ways; to bargain with lower stadards of morality abd spiritual mediocrity.

When we choose to make a decision to let God help us change our characters and commit to working with Him to do so God’s Word becomes our first and final authority. The best thing any of us can do in recovery is to allow the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to be our guide and our strength.

Our minds need daily renewal of our decision to let God lead. They need daily cleansing through daily inventory taking in order to stop theM becoming cluttered with ungodly thoughts fed to us by the world and it’s ways.

Psalms 119:9 says “How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying your word.”

WHO IS WINNING THE BATTLE OF YOUR MIND TODAY?

 

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Step 6: After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them, I am now willing to let God change me.

Hebrews 11:6 Wthout faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Faith engages us in exploration of things spiritual and discovery always compliments our our trust in God. What we need in recovery is not just to posses faith , but a faith that posses us, not ust to hold on to faith, but to be held by faith.

As we travel the road of recovery we can all expect to be tested; by temptation, troubles, problems, people and tricky situations. In our testing God gives us opportunities to prove His unfailing ability and our sincerity and commitment to the recovery process.

Stretching our faith onward and forward with God is part of the growth process.

2 Peter 1:5-7  Do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love.

FAITH NEEDS DAILY EXCERCISE