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Monday, June 12, 2017

Today's Scripture

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8–9 NIV)

Thoughts for Today

The Christian walk must begin with faith. Faith that we have sinned and are subject to the punishment of death (Romans 6:23). Faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Faith in his death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Faith in his resurrection. Faith to invite him to be our personal Lord and Savior.

This is a time of repentance. Merriam-Webster defines repentance as “the act or process of repenting: specifically: contrition for one’s sins together with the dedication of oneself to the abandonment of unworthy purposes and values and to the amendment of one’s life.” As we come to Jesus, we must be sorry for our sins and ready to turn from them.

We cannot earn forgiveness. We cannot earn our way to heaven. We cannot earn a relationship with God. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way. When we come to him in repentance and faith, we are forgiven. We belong to Jesus. And then we begin our walk with him.

Consider this …

As we begin the walk, we need to abandon our sins. To walk out our repentance. Does that mean we will never sin again? No. But it does mean that out of love and devotion to Christ, we will want to live a life that pleases him. And it does mean that when we misstep, we can immediately come to Jesus for forgiveness.

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9 NLT)

The Bible encourages us to deal with everything that may cause us to sin, every weight that may slow us down and prevent us from living the abundant life Jesus has made possible for us.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. (Hebrews 12:1 NLT)

The good news is that we don’t have to do this alone.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NLT)

Prayer

Lord, thank you that Jesus paid the penalty for my sins. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for the promise of eternity in heaven with you. I pray my walk will please you. Help me overcome any wrong within me, any habit or attitude or anything else that displeases you. In Jesus’ name . . .


These thoughts were drawn from …



Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program
by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Today's Scripture

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1–2 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

“The sin that so easily trips us up.”

What is that sin in your life? Is it a behavior? An attitude? A relationship?

How can you overcome it? Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is “the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” There it is again. Faith. Faith in Jesus. That is our way to forgiveness and eternal life. And that is the way to overcoming sin in our day-to-day walk.

Consider this … 

Unbelief is a sin in itself.

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NLT)

And unbelief can trigger thoughts and actions that make us give up. That fill us with fear. That discourage us. That keep us from becoming the person God has designed us to be. Here are just a few examples of the thinking that can come from unbelief:

God will not fulfill my emotional needs.

He will not supply my financial needs.

My problems are too much for him.

I’m not worthy. He won’t help me.

No one cares.

I might as well give up.

Any of these thoughts sound familiar? Refocus! Keep your eyes on Jesus, “the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” With him, all things are possible.

Prayer

Lord, I have not been trusting you as I should. I have focused on my weaknesses and my circumstances instead of on Jesus. Help me keep my eyes on Jesus. Help me walk by faith and overcome the sin in my life. In Jesus’ name . . .


These thoughts were drawn from …



Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program
by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Today's Scripture

“I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.” (Acts 26:20 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

Repentance is proved by one’s deeds.

We’ve all known people who apologize to us or someone we know for a wrong done—and then continue the wrongdoing. That is not repentance. The apology seems meaningless, doesn’t it?

Similarly, when we truly repent to God for our sins, our actions provide the evidence. Remember the Merriam-Webster definition of repentance? “The act or process of repenting: specifically: contrition for one’s sins together with the dedication of oneself to the abandonment of unworthy purposes and values and to the amendment of one’s life.”

In today’s scripture, the apostle Paul says when we repent and turn to God, the proof lies in the actions that follow. 

Consider this … 

Repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ go hand in hand. There is much emphasis on confession in our society, even in secular circles. However, confession alone is not enough. We must repent and have faith in Jesus Christ. When we trust Christ as our Savior and walk according to his Word, Christ fills the void in our lives that we may feel when we reach this turning point.

Is there an issue in your life that you have confessed—but have not made any changes that show true repentance? Talk to God about it. Ask forgiveness for not abandoning the sin. And then ask him for the strength to set things right. 

Prayer

Father, please forgive me for continuing in this sin even after confessing it. I need your help. Please help me turn from it. May my repentance be confirmed by my actions. In Jesus’ name . . .


These thoughts were drawn from …



Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program
by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Today's Scripture

“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” (Hebrews 12:13 MSG)

Thoughts for Today

The Christian life is a race much like a marathon. It is a long race with mountains and valleys, but God is always with us. We must never give up. Today’s scripture reminds us that Jesus is our example. He never lost sight of where he was headed. And he kept going no matter what came against him along the way—cross, shame, betrayal. He never gave up.

Jesus confronted obstacles to fulfilling what God had sent him to earth to accomplish. But he faced every one of them and kept on going. No matter how many obstacles we face that could hinder us from making right choices, we need to keep going, trusting Jesus to help us overcome.

Don’t you love the last two sentences in today’s scripture? “When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” 

Consider this … 

As you place your faith in Jesus, he will help you overcome the challenges and obstacles you are facing. Here are just of few of the myriad ways he helps us:

  • He places people in our life who care enough for us to hold us accountable for our actions.
  • His Holy Spirit guides us away from destructive thoughts.
  • He always provides a way of escape.
  • Keep your eyes on Jesus. Remember how he overcame horrendous obstacles—and now he is seated beside his Father.

Follow his example. Don’t give up! Don’t stop! Let him help you. Only then can you finish the race. Only then can you be the person he has designed you to be. Only then can you accomplish his purpose for your journey.

“Strip down, start running—and never quit!”

Prayer

Father, help me run this race of life and never quit. Help me become the person you want me to be. Help me accomplish whatever you are calling me to do. Help me follow Jesus’ example and never give up. In his name . . .


These thoughts were drawn from …



Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program
by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.


We hope these devotions are a blessing to you and to others in your life. We are happy to provide them for you at no cost, but thought you might want to consider a donation to help our ministry with the expense involved. You can safely donate through our website . Thank you!


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Today's Scripture

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!” (Proverbs 3:5–8 MSG)

Thoughts for Today

The quickest way we can get into trouble is by thinking we can figure out everything on our own. How presumptuous to think we know it all! Today’s scripture makes that so clear.

Think about it. God wants to help us with everything. He wants us to seek his guidance and trust his answers in everything we do, everywhere we go. And when we do that, he promises to keep us on track.

We need God’s wisdom. God’s guidance. God’s strength. God’s provision. And the best part is that he wants to provide all that for us! We will walk the walk victoriously only if we lean on him and trust him.

Consider this … 

We all have choices to make every day. Small and big. Momentary and life changing. So often we don’t even think to seek God’s answer unless the choice is huge and so difficult we have given up finding the answer ourselves. But God loves us so much, he cares about everything that concerns us—big and small.

Ask him daily to guide you. To strengthen you. And stay in tune to his leading throughout the day. He guides us through his Word. Sometimes through godly counsel. And often through that still small voice.  His answers may surprise you at times, but remember that his way and his plan and his timing are always perfect.

Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
(Psalm 25:4–5 NLT)

Prayer

Father, so often I allow emotions, rather than your guidance, to guide my choices. Sometimes I just want my way more than yours. Other times, I just think I have things all figured out and don’t need your help. Please forgive me. Show me the right path throughout each day, Lord, and help me to follow it. In Jesus’ name . . . 


These thoughts were drawn from …



Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program
by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.


We hope these devotions are a blessing to you and to others in your life. We are happy to provide them for you at no cost, but thought you might want to consider a donation to help our ministry with the expense involved. You can safely donate through our website . Thank you!


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