Sweatless Victory


We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.    

      Alcoholics Anonymous pg 84

  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.     

      John 16:13 NLT

 

 Father God, I thank you for your Holy Spirit.  I thank you that you’ve sent Him to guide me into all truth. I pray that as I listen to Him I  will receive instructions from you on how to live. I pray Father that I would know how to handle situations which used to baffle me with grace and ease.  I thank you Lord that with you I have sweatless victory in Christ.   In Jesus Name, Amen.

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WE not Me


We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, know thousands of men and women who were once just as hopeless as Bill. Nearly all have recovered. They have solved the drink problem.   Alcoholics Anonymous  pg 17

 Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT

 Thank you, Father, that today I am no longer alone.  Thank you for the fellowship and the knowledge that you have placed us together with the same common solution.  Help me to reach out today and lift someone else up.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Considering our plans for the day


We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Alcoholics Anonymous pg 86

 We have not stopped praying for you since the first day we heard about you. In fact, we always pray that God will show you everything he wants you to do and that you may have all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. Then you will live a life that honors the Lord, and you will always please him by doing good deeds. You will come to know God even better. His glorious power will make you patient and strong enough to endure anything, and you will be truly happy. I pray that you will be grateful to God for letting you have part in what he has promised his people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9-12 CEV

Father God, I thank you for this day and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I pray Father that you would direct my thinking and show me what you want me to do today. I pray that everything I do will be pleasing to you and that I will grow to know you better and better. I thank you for the patience and strength to overcome everything in my path today. In Jesus Name, Amen.

So, How’s your heart?


We all know that our heart is one of the most important parts of our body.  In fact, we couldn’t live without our heart because our heart is what circulates the blood to all the parts of our body.  How often do we hear about people having trouble with their hearts and in need of heart surgery? Not only does God think our heart is important for our physical bodies to function on this earth but He also looks at our heart condition –meaning our inward man.

 Saul was the 1st King of Israel.  That wasn’t Gods way but the people insisted that they have a king like other nations.  Up until then God ruled as their king.  They consulted Samuel and Samuel spoke to them on behalf of God.  Saul disobeyed God

 13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”  1 Samuel 13:13-15

 Saul could’ve had his kingdom established over Israel forever BUT He didn’t align his will with the will of God.  He disobeyed God because he thought his own way was better.  Instead of following the Lords command in full, Saul followed the parts that he thought applied and then disregarding parts that he thought better of.

In choosing the 2nd king of Israel God told Samuel in

1 Sam 16:7    But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 

 God knew David’s heart.  His heart was right with God and God knew He could trust David.  So, how’s your heart?  Does God know He can count on you to obey Him and do those things that He has given you to do?

God said that He doesn’t look at our outward appearance, He looks on our heart.  How many times have we been guilty of making sure our appearance is polished and well groomed while our insides are filthy and hurting?  We have to change from the inside out not from the outside in.  We can change our appearance, our lifestyle, our friends and our hangouts but if our heart doesn’t change –we’ve done it all in vain. Jesus did not condone hypocrisy especially in the church.  The teachers of the Word were filled with hypocrisy.  They could look good on the outside and could tell you all the right words and they knew the law and the scriptures but they weren’t applying their knowledge.  The word was not a revelation to them it was a way to break down others to elevate themselves above the rest.  To make others feel unrighteous and to impose on them regulations that they themselves weren’t following.

Jesus criticized the religious leaders for this Luke 11:39-40

Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness! Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? 

And again in Matt 23:25-28

  “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.  “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity.  Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness. 

What does God see when He looks at our hearts? So How’s your heart?

God is GOOD and gives GOOD gifts.


It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all.  Alcoholics Anonymous  pg 14

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  James 1:17-18 NKJV

I thank you Father that every good gift comes from you.  You are a Good God an abundant God.  You fill my cup to overflowing.  Thank you that as you pour your blessings on my life I have so much more to share with others.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Showing Love in the midst of hate


We avoid retaliation or argument. We wouldn’t treat sick people that way. If we do, we destroy our chance of being helpful. We cannot be helpful to all people, but at least God will show us how to take a kindly and tolerant view of each and every one.    Alcoholics Anonymous  pg 67

 “But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Luke 6:27-28 NLT

 Father, I thank you for the Golden Rule.  Do unto others as I would have them do unto me.  Help me to pray rather than insult and argue.  Help me to return blessings for hurts.  Help me to show your love in the midst of hate.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Who Do You Love?


We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table. Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go our individual ways. The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us.   Alcoholics Anonymous pg 17

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other.  Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.       Romans 15:5-7 NLT

Father, I thank you that today I can accept people as they are and Not as I would have them to be.  Help me to see them through your eyes and not my own. Lord, I ask you to help me focus on our similarities and our solution and not our differences.  I pray that I may treat everyone with your love knowing also that you have no favorites but  shower your love down on the grateful and the ungrateful alike.  I pray that your love will shine through me today.    In Jesus Name, Amen.