Anxiety causes us to waste energy running from the past and worrying about the future.
Instead of getting anxious about the past and things we can do nothing about we need to focus on what we can do to live today as God wants us to live.
Matthew 6:32 tells us that God knows what we need and if we put or faith in Him, and trust Him He will supply it: “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs”
Philippians 4:6 tells us to pray about everything: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”
Imagine never getting anxious about anything – seems like an impossibility, doesn’t it? But is we learn to STOP! PRAY! and put or faith in God we can have victory over or hurts, hang-ups and habits and focus on the things God is calling s to focus on.
Lord, today help me to Stop! Pray! and trust You so I know I don’t have to be anxious abot what has happened, is happening and will happn
Understanding and feeling our feelings is freedom
Job 7:11 says “I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”
Out of a deep feeling of anguish and bitterness Job spoke honestly to God and shared his frustration with Him. We to need to learn to express our feelings openly and honestly with God. When we do we it can help to avoid hurting ourselves and others. We can gain a Godly perspective on our circumstances and emotions and gain His strength and power to find constructive rather than destructive solutions.
Lord help me today to speak openly and honestly with You about my feelings. Help me to seek constructive solutions. Help me to seek Your will in every situation that presents today and to draw on Your strength, not my own when I feel I am struggling. Amen
Read ‘My Name is Gideon’ (page 290 CR Bible)
“But sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?
Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.” Judges 6:13
Gideon responded to the angel’s message with little faith or hope. He had little faith that things could ever be any different that they had always been. He viewed himself as insignificant and God as untrustworthy.
Sound familiar? This is a typical response from someone trying to cope with life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. We become exhausted from continuous pain and struggles, we loose hope of ever living any differently or braking free from our misfortune.
Today is the starting point for many of us. time for us to discover that God is willing and able to help you to overcome any problem of issue that arises in your life if you will just ‘Put your faith in Him.’
Lord, help me today to understand and believe You are all Powerful and all caring and if I put my faith in You, You will help me to overcame my hurts, habits and hang-ups and become all that you have created me to be. Amen
Read next Spiritual Inventory lesson (page 1146 CR Bible)
“Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.”
The next part of our ‘Spiritual Inventory’ lesson is OUR PRIORITIES IN LIFE.
To seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness means turning every area of our lives over to Him and seeking His help in all things.
What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, desires.
What is competing for priority with God in your life?
Putting God first is a choice, that we must make everyday, in every circumstance we find ourselves in.
For God to be first in our lives we must ‘Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.’
Lord Jesus, today help me to choose first Your kingdom and make it a priority in my life.Help me identify the things that compete for priority and see them for what they really are. Strengthen me today as I decide to live by your Word and make it the road map for everything I say and do. Amen
Read Lesson One of Spiritual Inventory (page 1145 CR Bible)
Forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:12-13
Forgiveness is an essential part of the recovery process. Often when we come to Principle Four we are still struggling with resentment, anger and bitterness towards those who have hurt us or we have hurt (for whatever reason).
When doing our SPIRITUAL INVENTORY; we need to look at our relationships with others and ask God to forgive us for our part in hurting others and to make us willing to forgive others for the harm they have inflicted on us.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:9-12, this is how we should pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtor
If we fail to forgive others we forfeit our right to forgiveness from God:
If we are still struggling with resentment, anger and bitterness towards others it may be we are not yet ready to move forward in Principle Four.
Lord, forgive me today for hurting others. Help me to ‘Let Go’ of resentment anger and bitterness towards others. Soften my heart and strengthen me, make me willing to forgive those who have hurt me and to pray for them regularly. Amen
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure— not in your anger,or you will reduce me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland. Jeremiah 10:23-25
Jeremiah recognized his powerlessness and acknowledged his inability to direct his own life. Accepting powerlessness and unmanageability is the first step on the ‘Road to Recovery.’
This may be a painful step for us to take but it is a necessary beginning if we are going to learn to know and to trust God as we move forward.