2014 – Day 146

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.

Prayer:

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

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2014 -Day 143

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.’

Prayer:

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

2014 – Day 142

Read Spiritual Inventory Part 1 (page 1640 CR Bible)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing
and perfect will.
 Romans 12:2

The most difficult thing to open is a closed mind. I have, as I am sure many others have read regularly the cliche’ ‘The mind is like a parachute – it works better when it is opened.’ 

In recovery we must learn to deal with reality, face up to the truth about ourselves, our circumstances and our need for God’s help to change. The Bible tells us in John 8:32 ‘The truth will set you free.’  Jesus is the perfect standard of what is right. He frees us from the consequences of sin, from self-deception and from deception from the devil. He shows us clearly the way to right living and eternal life with God.

However, the freedom He gives us is not to do what we want in or own selfish nature, but freedom to follow God.

When we live and apply the principles of recovery to our lives on a daily basis Jesus’ perfect truth frees us to be all that God is calling us to be.

Prayer:

Lord help me today to deal with my reality. To identify the character defects in my life I need to work on and to trust You to give me all I need and to guide me to change them according to your will for my life.

2014 – Day 139

Read Spiritual Inventory lesson (page 1482 CR Bible)

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander,
along with every form of malice.
 Ephesians 4:31

The next area we need to look at in our spiritual inventory is our ATTITUDE.

It is God’s grace that helps us conform to His will. As we obey Him we will learn to live without bitterness, anger and harsh words. God is in the business of healing.

When we do things His way His word becomes our guide and a solid foundation for our recovery and lives.

Positive attitudes allow God to work on or character. When He sees us putting in honest effort to change He can will help us to overcome overwhelming odds.

Prayer

God, help me today to conform Your Word and Your will. Guide me and help me get rid of bitterness, rage and anger and every form of malice that will stop me being the person You want me to be and doing what you want me to do. Amen

2014 – Day 138

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.” 

Matthew 6:33

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.’

Prayer

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

2014 – Day 137

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.

Prayer:
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

Learning is important to our relationship with God

“Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices.” Jeremiah 25:5

One way we can honor God is to accept His discipline and build upon the lessons we have learned from our past.

Learning requires and develops humility. To be under His discipline means to willingly and humbly come before Him to learn what He wants to teach us.

Learning involves:
Meditation on what God wants.
Self-control in the face of adversity.
Dependence on God to teach us loving life lessons.

Everyday God wants to teach us new lessons. And He wants us to do our homework.

Are you doing yours?