The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11, KJV ~ Through Christ - We have a Spirit of Peace ~ January 8, 2020 Devotional ~ There is a shallow and empty sense of contentment and peace in the world today. The happiness that the world promises is incomplete. It is fleeting … Continue reading Genuine Christian Peace
In this article, we will explore key principles that may help lead to a radical transformation where one experiences an empowering life. These key principles may help move an individual to develop ways to create a narrative where there is life meaning and purpose.
There is an awakening that occurs in the heart and minds of every person who is suffering and perishing. Those who awaken to their awful condition and state of being see the destruction for what it really is. We see ourselves as unclean. Filthy. And, a great burden is on our back that weighs us down. As much as we do not want to face this truth - we must face it or continue to suffer and perish. This is where we find Christian. Faced with the reality of a coming destruction. The reality of the burden he bears.
We entrust our lives to Him without any hesitation. By doing so, God is sovereign and graceful to where He strengthens us to meet any challenge we may face. His strength becomes our strength. His wisdom teaches and guides us into His righteousness and peace.
It is through Christ's infinite and profound atonement that we are able to come to a place where we place our hope and trust in God. This hope and trust provides for us an assurance for whatever challenges may lay ahead in our spiritual journey. We may face desperate circumstances. Personal adversity. And seemingly impossible social upheavals to contend with. Yet, He is faithful toward us because he has called us into a fellowship with his Son - Jesus Christ (See, 1 Corinthians 1:9, paraphrased). And, his promise stands to protect us and strengthen us (See, 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Recovery is a dark journey for most of us. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we come to full knowledge of His light, love, and truth. Do we forsake others struggling in their own darkness and journey? God forbid. This is the heart and foundation of recovery support groups.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:11, ESV ~ Recovery and spiritual growth requires us men to emancipate ourselves from our childish and adolescent ways. It requires our … Continue reading Putting aside childish ways
Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; ~ Isaiah 48:18 - ESV ~ We all look back and remark on the many regrets of missed opportunities, mistakes, and chosen paths we have taken. Our thoughts revolve around … Continue reading Finding peace that is like unto a river
Prove me, O Lord, and try me test my heart and my mind. ~Psalm 26:2, ESV ~ Our Heavenly Father knows our hearts and He stands ready to help us recognize our weakness and faults. He is there to help us overcome the shame of our past deeds and mistakes. He knows our nature and humanity. Through Him, … Continue reading He Knows Our Heart
And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” ~ Luke 5:30, ESV ~ When other people do not measure up to our perceived expectations, we begin to grumble and murmur. Our nature is to be overcritical and causation for our irritability. A common … Continue reading When Other People are not Measuring up
Today's reading: Gen 17 - 18:33; Ps. 5:8-12; Prov. 2:10-22, and Matthew 7:1-29 Nothing is too difficult for the Lord God binds Himself to us by His oath to keep His promises. The sign of this oath was circumcision. This occurred when God changed Abram's name to Abraham. Along with the covenant, promise was made … Continue reading Bound by oath
Today's reading: Gen 13 - 14:24; Ps. 4:4-8; Prov. 2:1-5; And, Matt. 6:1-18 Godly peace is the fruit of our divine relationship Many of us have been carried away by our own natural and carnal desires. We hunger and thirst for peace. And, despite our best efforts, we become full of fear, anxiety, and worry … Continue reading Sovereign peace comforts us
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33, ESV ~ One is either developing confidence in their recovery, or, are continually plagued with uncertainty and doubt. If we truly surrender our life and will over to … Continue reading God’s Assurance
Imagine you are walking along a very narrow path. The forest is thick and dark. As you struggle your way along the path, you notice a possible clearing up ahead. In haste, you rush along the path. The clearing becomes more and more welcoming. At last, you take your last step out of the darkness … Continue reading Nature and Power of Belief and Hope
That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter.... ~ Doctrine and Covenants 50:24 ~ Our recovery is about growth and development. It is a march that leads to maturity, peace, and freedom. It is a profound challenge … Continue reading Growing in the light of recovery
In this world so filled with problems, so constantly threatened by dark and evil challenges, you can and must rise above mediocrity, above indifference. You can become involved and speak with a strong voice for that which is right. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley ~ Standing a little taller in our recovery requires our voice. It … Continue reading Possessing the right convictions
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.. ~ Proverbs 3:6-8, NASB ~ Are you at peace with the direction of your recovery … Continue reading At Peace with your purpose
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. This simple prayer is recited in the rooms of all sober support meetings. A prayer of peace, courage, and wisdom from one's higher power. For some, it is … Continue reading Be a little better today
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another ~ Romans 14:19, KJV All of us who come to the gate of recovery also come to face the reality of how destructive our lifestyle, while under the enslavement of our substance use, became. We deal with the … Continue reading A sense of peace in recovery
In a recent conversation with a dear friend, we got onto the subject of what happens when people are hurting. My friend is a yoga instructor and her local community recently lost a prominent teacher to a drug overdose, which has spawned important conversations about mental health and community support. Pulling example after example from … Continue reading The only thing you need to say to someone who is hurting: