Category: Thought For Today

Entrust your life to Him

“So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself.” 2 Corinthians 6:17

Indecision can be fatal. Doubts about our ability to change our lives and recover from our addictions and compulsions shattering our progress in the recovery process. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies when it comes to pursuing what is best for us. In making the decision on the direction we want our lives to go. Revelations 3:16 says “you are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm

Too often we are happy to sit on the fence, go with the flow and ignore the prompts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Standing, not fully persuaded. Remaining in the shadows. Failing to accept God’s commands as we travel the road to recovery. Renouncing our old way of living, yet with no commitment to anything new.

Dedication to changed life may seem impossible, but if we are opened to Gods leading in our lives He is willing and able to walk with us. If we are ready to accept our weaknesses and entrust our lives to Him, rely on His help he will lead us to places we never thought possible.

#VerseForTheDay

Lives of unrelenting disappointment have left us with a lot of heartbreak in our lives. Now we are in recovery and rebuilding our lives. Psalm 119:82-84 saysMy eyes grow heavy watching for some sign of your promise; how long must I wait for your comfort?  There’s smoke in my eyes—they burn and water, but I keep a steady gaze on the instructions you post. How long do I have to put up with all this? How long till you haul my tormentors into court?”

– When our eyes fail to see what God is doing, our faith in Him must not. His ways are not our ways, otherwise, there would be no need to call on Him to help us get well because we would be happy in our misery. None of us ever expected God to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. But He has and because He has we need to accept the break that He has given us and the opportunity to turn our lives around.

LLR Thought for the Day

God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth.

Meditation for the Day

God’s power can deliver us from our addictive and compulsive behaviours and attitudes, but only if we are prepared to be rigorously honest with Him. To avoid His displeasure we need to apply what we learn from the Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Twelve Steps.

Prayer for the Day

Lord, help me today to help You to help me avoid Your displeasure by being honest with You and applying what You teach me through Your Word, Your Spirit and the Twelve Steps.

#ThoughtForToday

Stand firm

Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free. He wants us to enjoy freedom. So, stand firm. Don’t let the chains of slavery hold you again.

How we respond to discipline will determine how much we benefit from the recovery process. We can respond to discipline in a number of ways and they all affect how we grow spiritually. We can hold a pity party and feel sorry for ourselves. We can decide just to take things as they come without expecting much change. Or we can stand firm in the knowledge that our recovery is controlled by God Himself and as our loving heavenly Father He expects great things for us and from us.

God is not just our Heavenly Father He is also our life coach. He pushes us each day because He knows our growing strength will not only help us but also help others.

How are your efforts in recovery encouraging others to seek God?

Prayer: God help me today to stand firm on your promises and encourage other to do the same

Eating Kingdom Dinner

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30

We all reach ‘Rock Bottom’ where we find we cannot go on and along comes Jesus. Not just offering a way forward but also offering us a relationship where He will walk with us but also to teach us how to live.

Years ago a man had to take a voyage by sea. On the boat he fed himself on cheeses and crackers. Near the end of the journey he was speaking to another passenger who said to him. “Isn’t it great how all the food and entertainment is all included on the voyage?”

Luke 14:15 says “How fortunate the one who gets to eat dinner in God’s kingdom!” God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. Don’t miss yours because you fail to focus on what He has prepared for you and is equipping you to do.

Thought for Today

Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me. Warm me, your servant, with a smile; save me because you love me. Don’t embarrass me by not showing up; I’ve given you plenty of notice. Embarrass the wicked, stand them up, leave them stupidly shaking their heads as they drift down to hell. Gag those loudmouthed liars who heckle me, your follower, with jeers and catcalls. Psalms 31:14-18

God alone can deliver us from addiction. Without Him, we try and fail. Ask anyone who has successfully walked the recovery road for any length of time and I am sure they will give the glory of their success to Him. Some years ago I went to an AA meeting here in Victoria where I was asked to share my story. I did, and after the meeting, a number of the group participants came to me and said that they knew and agreed with what I said but were unable to share their own experiences of God with the group for fear of retribution.

God is willing to forgive and empower us as we go through the recovery process. Paul writes in Philippians 1:20 I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Boldly we need to learn to share what God has done, is doing, and has promised to do for us through the process of recovery. Failure to do so may rob someone of the opportunity to express what He has done for them and help someone not as far on the walk as we are to stumble. Do you want that on your conscience? I don’t

Stay the Course

What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail. James 5:11

We need to learn patience as we take small steps forward. Staying on the course and allowing God to bring together all we learn and apply in the recovery process. None of us arrived in recovery overnight, none of us will complete the process overnight. God cares about the detail and He wants us to take time in getting it right so we don’t slip backwards.

Stay the course and experience the gift ..

We are not all the same

Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity.Colossians 4:5

One of the hardest things I had to grapple with in recovery is that not everyone in recovery is at the same stage as I am. Sometimes that means I have to change what I say or how I say to help other understand it.

Through the process of recovery understanding the light of Jesus truth is revealed to us. But sometimes we are unable to understand it and use it to help us mature in our faith and service to others.

Recovery is a process of continual spiritual growth. Putting into practice what we learn helps us to understand more of the truth about God, Jesus and recovery. Obedience to the truth sharpens our vision and increases our understanding of His purpose for us and for others.

Prayer: God today help me to understand why I am here and what You want me to do.

Forgiveness is a choice

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” Matthew 6:12-15

Forgiveness is an important part of the process. Sometimes we have difficulty letting go of anger and resentment towards those who have hurt us. Asking God for forgiveness is hypocritical unless we are willing to forgive others/ Forgiveness from Him can be forfeited and denied when we deny forgiveness to others.

There is a connection between what we do and what God does. It can be easy to forget what He has done for us as our lives improve. Lamentations 3:21-24 says ‘there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up………………  I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.‘ God’s grace comes in daily doses and we need to ask ourselves “Just for today am I willing to forgive others?” or am I just trying to escape my current situation or circumstances?

Thought For Today

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33-34‬

What should we seek? God-reality, God-I initiative, God-provision.

How should we seek it? Giving all our attention to what God is doing.

When should we seek it? NOW!

What can we expect if we do? God will help us cope with whatever comes our way.

This scripture encourages us to stop worrying about our concerns being met. We need to learn to put our faith more and more in Gods hands through trusting Him, listening to Him and focusing on what He wants, not what we want.

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