MAYBE THE LORD LETS SOME PEOPLE GET INTO TROUBLE
BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY TIME THEY WILL EVER THINK OF HIM
John 16:33 “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Job 3:26 “I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.”
Job 42:2 “I know that you can do anything and that no one can stop you.
Job 42:12-13 says “The Lord blessed Job at the end of his life more than at the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.God also gave him seven more sons and three more daughters.”
Trouble chases sinners. The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads but God’s Word says “There is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.”
Proverbs 13:21 ~ Psalm 7:16 ~ Ecclesiastes 13:21
1 Corinthians 8:3 We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all.
Knowing that God loves us is a good place to start the recovery process. Our pasts filled with bad choices, wrong decsions and broken realtionships can begin to heal when we accept how much He loves us and has already done for us so we can become ‘New Creations.’
Romans 15:2 We should all please our neighbours. Let us do what is good for them. Let us build them up.
God expects us to be loving towards our neighbours. In Luke 10 in the Bible Jesus tells us the two greatest commands are to love God and love our neighbours.
When it comes to loving others we can often justify how why we feel that way. Or we can convince ourselves they are not really my neighbours. Our neighbours according to God is anyone who is in need. Loving them means acting towards them in ways that meet their needs and not to put hurdles in front of them
We all have problems, and all have needs this tells me that God wants us to love everybody. That doesn’t mean love and approve everything they do. We all need God’s help to love others and we all need God’s help to do what is good for them.
- What are you doing to help others?
Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all care what other people think about us and say about us. A couple of weeks ago a comment on one of my posts made me think. The comment was “your story is good but you can’t exist on it forever.”
In Exodus 23:1-2 the Bible says “Don’t pass on malicious gossip. “Don’t link up with a wicked person and give corrupt testimony. Don’t go along with the crowd in doing evil and don’t fudge your testimony in a case just to please the crowd.” And, I must confess this comment made me think “Am I?” Am I trying to please the crowd? With the best intentions we can get it wrong. In answer to the question I sat alone with God, my Bible and I prayed. Without a lie I opened my Life Recovery Bible to pg 936 and. The first footnote said 4:1-2 “God has always planned that his people would be living proofof his power and goodness. He wanted others to believe in him because of the blessing Israel received through a healthy relationship with God.” The verse that stood out to me was Jeremiah 4:2 which says “when you swear by My name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ you could do so with truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise My name.”
Because of what Christ has done in my life and through my life I have been given opportunities beyond anything I could ever expect in my life. My story and my relationship with Jesus is all I have as credibility of the fact that ‘Recovery works.’ and I am tempted to say as many others have before “if you work it” But I won’t because for me it was less about working it and more about putting my faith in Him, following where He leads me and leaving the reults up to Him.
On the statement “you can’t exist on it forever.” I don’t agree with this because as long as I continue to put my faith in Him and follow where He leads me my story will be ever growing and full of life-lessons
Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day– 2 Peter 3:12
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?
We’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making a new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18
John 17:20 I’m praying not only for them But also for those who will believe in me Because of them and their witness about me.
Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I am using this last week of my leave to update my testimony in order to complete my autobiography and get it ready for publication.