Christ taught us that we are only capable of serving one master. Our love for money puts us at enmity with God. We are like Cain, making an afterthought offering and become jealous and enraged when other Christians are being blessed and secure because of their sacrifice and offerings were that of Abel. It is when we love God, we honor him of giving up a portion of our finances. It is the love of God that we are able to provide offerings to help those in need.
Authentic recovery separates those who are being in recovery and those who are doing recovery. Much like the Christian faith - this means an individual cannot escape their Garden of Gethsemane. We are tasked to experience the painful awareness of our behaviors that were the results of our dependence on substances, sex, food, gambling, et al. It is the painful process of moving toward the new life. Putting to death the old man in order to rise up with a newness of life. Unfortunately, many rather be in recovery instead of actually doing recovery.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. ~ Proverbs 15:8, ESV ~ Wisdom begins with the fear of God (see, Proverbs 9:10). To understand this, we ought to concern ourselves with whom God truly is. It begins with our immersion into reading Holy Writ. [...]
... all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth. ~ Alma 24:17, Book of Mormon ~ When one comes to the awareness of their powerlessness over substance use, and the subsequent inability [...]
Today's reading: Genesis 9: -10; Psalm 3:5-8; Proverbs 1:23-27; and Matthew 5:1-26 ~ I establish My Covenant with you ~ The covenant of divine sovereign grace is love, mercy, forgiveness, and eternal salvation. It is a reminder to our Heavenly Father, and to us, that we are His. However, we tend to fall. Then Noah ... [...]