Self-promotion is no Promotion

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Matthew 23:12 If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.

Luke 14:11 says “What I’m saying is, If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face. But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

In the common actions of life, we are marked by what we do. In many cases, our pride will bring us low. The Bible teaches works to glorify God are better than works that glorify self.

Tonight at Living Life Recovery is Hastings we are discussing the topic ‘KEEP IT SIMPLE’ 
For some of us, we take that statement as ‘DO NOTHING’  I heard it said “if you change nothing, nothing changes.’ and it is so true.

Simplicity is a good foundation for recovery. Matthew 11:25 Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticated and know-it-alls but spelt them out clearly to ordinary people.

Jesus spoke about little children, their humility and openness to receive the truth of God’s word. We sometimes make recovery more complicated than it really is. “If you don’t pick up the first drink, drug, whatever you can’t get drunk, stoned or distracted from the recovery process.” Simple but not necessarily easy. How open are you to the fact that only God knows everything and can do everything?

Accepting and responding to God is the greatest act of humility. Again not always easy, nut simple. 1 Corinthians 1:21  God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find God through human brilliance, and then he stepped in and saved all those who believed his message, which the world calls foolish and silly. I believe everyone in the process of recovery comes face to face with God. At that time the choice we make to accept or reject Him for who He is and what He has done for us determines whether we move forward or go backwards in the process.

Simplicity in recovery reminds us of the basics found in the first three steps. “I can’t, He can, I think I will let Him.” Powerlessness and unmanageability in our lives are a direct result of our poor choices. Now I know there are other circumstances involved for which people will say “You don’t understand what I went through.” and they are right. I don’t, but God does and to deal with what we all went through and show us the way forward in spiritual recovery He sent His Son to die for our sin so that we can be reconciled to Him. A simple choice – ACCEPT OR REJECT!
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Respect God-loyal People

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The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent sift and weigh every word. The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless. The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder. Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground. Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good; the wicked will respect God-loyal people. Proverbs 14:15-19
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Be Prepared to Share

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Philippians 2:4 None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others.

 Progression in the process of recovery brings us into relationships with others who may not be as far down the recovery road as we are.

I want to start with a word of warning. The first two years of recovery are about getting to know God and yourself. I would not advise anyone with any less than two years’ recovery up to Sponsor anyone else. That being said we all have something to offer each other. I would encourage everyone, no matter where you are on this spiritual journey to do what you can to help others.

 

  • Always be ready to share your experience, strength, and hope.
  • Only talk about your own experience.
  • Before you share take time to talk to God about it.

  

Prayer: God, open my eyes and heart to being used by You to help others where I can.

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Process of Progress

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1 Corinthians 4:5 Don’t judge anything before the appointed time. Wait until the Lord returns. He will bring to light what is hidden in the dark. He will show the real reasons why people do what they do.


There is a right time for everything in the process of recovery. That is why we need to:

  1. Stay in communication with God: He will reveal the right times to us for everything.
  2. Do regular spiritual check-ups on ourselves: It is easy to get caught up in the process of recovery and forget about living life.
  3. Do what needs to be done to keep us moving forward: Process is progress and we need to keep moving forward.

 

 Prayer: Lord help me to keep moving forward in recovery.

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Verse of The Day

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Romans 8:26-30 The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. 27 He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. 28 That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. 29 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. 30 After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

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