19-09: For Appearances Sake…

For Appearances Sake…

Quote
Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time. ~Lou Brock~

Meditation
When we are called to a bold course of action, or it is necessary do things contrary to popular opinion, there will always be those that are quick to ridicule and scoff.  Some will even take offense, or strike out against us, and attempt to cast us in a bad light.  We do what must be done, because we know it is the right thing to do, not to gain the acceptance or approval of man, which is fleeting at best.  When you have a heartfelt conviction regarding a course of action, don’t fear what others may think or say…chances are, they’re going to think it or say it anyway!
 
Thought for the day
How can we possibly live a Christian life when we are so worried about political correctedness and stepping on toes?  I do not believe it is possible.  How can we spread the Gospel, the Truth about Christ and his death and resurrection if we are concerned that we might seem “too Christian or too righteous”?  Can one be too Christian?  Some who have been tainted by societal sin and brainwashed by those who seek religiosity of comfort might say so.  But then again, just who do we serve?
When we are at meetings can we comfortably speak about God and the need to restore our relationship to Him?  Can we speak to the newcomer and not pull punches?  Can we speak boldly and quote the first paragraph of the 12 & 12 where it says; “we have warped our minds into such an obsession for (drug of choice) that only an act of Providence will remove it from us!
I will continue to speak out boldly against those who would have us remove all mention of God from our world.  How about you?
 
Scriptures
Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine.  "Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:  "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.  These men are not drunk, as you suppose.  It’s only nine in the morning!  No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:  " ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. ~Acts 2:13-18 (NIV)~

Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].  But [as for me personally] it matters very little to me that I should be put on trial by you [on this point], and that you or any other human tribunal should investigate and question and cross-question me.  I do not even put myself on trial and judge myself.
I am not conscious of anything against myself, and I feel blameless; but I am not vindicated and acquitted before God on that account.  It is the Lord [Himself] Who examines and judges me.  So do not make any hasty or premature judgments before the time when the Lord comes [again], for He will both bring to light the secret things that are [now hidden] in darkness and disclose and expose the [secret] aims (motives and purposes) of hearts. Then every man will receive his [due] commendation from God. ~1Corinthians 4:2-5 (Amp)~
 
Prayer
Oh Heavenly Father, we need you so much.  We know how this picture ends and so we are committed to living in your will and speaking out boldly against sin.  We know that no good ever comes from the addictive behavior that many of us succumb to.  And then in the midst of our sickness we revolt against you and everything good that we have learned about your magnificence.  Help us with our unbelief Lord, strengthen us in battle and fill us with the courage of David and the wisdom of Solomon.  Help us to stay on the right path and fill us with the courage and dedication to always seek your will above the instructions and suggestions of man.  In the mighty name of your son Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

About SLAA Tilburg

Wat is seks- en liefdeverslaving? Wij in S.L.A.A. geloven dat seks- en liefdeverslaving een voortschrijdende ziekte is, die niet kan worden genezen maar die, zoals veel ziekten, wel tot staan kan worden gebracht. Zij kan verschillende vormen aannemen – inclusief (maar niet beperkt tot) een dwangmatige behoefte aan seks, extreme afhankelijkheid van één persoon (of meerdere personen), en/of een voortdurend in beslag genomen worden door romantiek, affaires of fantasieën. Er is sprake van een obsessief-dwangmatig patroon, seksueel of emotioneel (of beide), waarin relaties of seksuele activiteiten in toenemende mate destructief geworden zijn voor de loopbaan, het gezinsleven en het gevoel van zelfrespect. Als seks- en liefdeverslaving wordt veronachtzaamd, wordt zij altijd erger. Wanneer wij echter een eenvoudig programma volgen dat voor een reeks van mannen en vrouwen met dezelfde ziekte succesvol is gebleken, kunnen wij herstellen. In S.L.A.A. leren wij de realiteit te accepteren dat wij deze verslaving hebben
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