A Life of True Spiritual Integrity

Like spiritual maturation, integrity is built slowly over a lifetime. It is a precious thing - difficult to build and yet easy to tear down. As faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we are to seek to live each day with the discipline of honesty and faith. When we do, at least two things happen: integrity becomes a habit, and God blesses us because of our obedience to Him.

Your Spiritual Journey

It is not enough to merely confess Christ as our Lord and Savior that makes a spiritual and significant impact. We must walk in obedience to God’s will. Study the scriptures. Live in the center of His divine sovereign will. By doing so, we increase in our faith. We grow in His Grace and truth. We become healthy and strong in the Lord.

Founded on a Spiritual Basis

Attempting a recovery program without having a spiritual awakening and without having a power greater than oneself leaves one paralyzed in their active substance use or dysfunctional behavior. Denies the reality of one being humble, contrite in spirit, and seeking liberation from our own problems and situations.

Trait Five

Not only did my view on relationships had to change - the manner in which I had to cultivate a different mindset on relationships had to change. As I started reading the scriptures - I became aware of the need to step back and focus on what really mattered the most. And that was my relationship with my Heavenly Father, and my relationship with Christ.

The Supreme Climb

As we grow in faith, increase in truth and life, move from grace to grace - we come to a greater knowledge and understanding of Christ and the Father. The more we submit ourselves over to the care of God, as we understand Him, we strengthen our faith, our resilience, and are able to endure that much more.

“Judge Not – Lest Ye Be Judged”

Healing from the emotional pain and navigating away from the victim role required that I come to a place of forgiving myself. It also resonates with how I needed to come to a place of forgiving those who mistreated me - who blamed me.

Examine Yourself According to God’s Word

Scripture teaches that I am to examine myself since Christ is in me (2 Corinthians 13:5). Two reasons this is important for me to keep in mind. First, it is to determine if I am heading in the right direction, my feet planted firmly on the path to continued spiritual growth. Second, to prove myself that I am consistently giving myself over to Christ and carrying my cross each day. Putting to death those old things since I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Step Two

As for me and my own personal journey and recovery - for my own spiritual growth and mindful living - I choose to consistently and continually to trust in Christ and know who God, my Eternal Father is, and have the guidance and companion of the Holy Spirit. So long as I commit myself over to those spiritual disciplines that help me gain greater awareness, peace of mind, and restoring me to a place of spiritual health and well-being.

Don’t Hurt the Lord

This calls my attention to the reality of being mindful and allowing myself to experience the presence of the Spirit in my life. Experiencing the Holy Spirit, the presence of my Heavenly Father is not something that needs to occur in the future. It is something that I have access to in the present moment.

Service

To properly serve others - am I willing to humble myself and learn to do those things that show respect for who I am? Am I willing to humble myself enough to serve my own needs first? True service begins when I am doing those menial things that I may personally detest.

Embracing my Imperfections

My own personal recovery, spiritual journey, required that I had to come to the realization that it is not about being perfect. It is finding the true standard of becoming complete and whole. Restored in my heart, mind, and soul.

Daily Affirmation, Thoughts, Meditation, and Scripture – Trait Twelve

FROM DAILY AFFIRMATIONS STRENGTHENING MY RECOVERY We are dependent personalities who are terrified of abandonment and will do anything to bold on to a relationship in order not to experience painful abandonment feelings which we received from living with sick people who were never there emotionally for us." BRB p. 17 Many of us wish … Continue reading Daily Affirmation, Thoughts, Meditation, and Scripture – Trait Twelve

Extraordinary Miracles Through Ordinary Individuals

To become the hero of my own personal story and life - I need to take up my own hero's journey and place my faith in God and trust in His will and divine providence. Through my faith and confidence, labor and toil, fellowshipping with others, being held accountable, seeking after wise counsel, and following the directions - my extraordinary adventure and story may be among many heroic journey's that inspire people.

Today’s Reading and Meditation: Betrayal, Blame, and Fear

I learned that to fully heal from the wounds of childhood experiences - I must embrace and speak my truth without feeling a sense of betrayal, blame, or fear. To speak my truth means embracing what I have experienced as part of my heritage and legacy. Accept the truth that my parents carried on the legacy of their own dysfunction learned growing in a home environment lacking care, validation, autonomy, and healthy perceptions and perspectives.

Day 5 – Our Life is a Test

Our mortality is a test where we are to gain a vision and understanding of who Christ is, thereby gaining understanding of who our Heavenly Father is. Having this vision helps us go forward in faith and purpose because we know who we are and where we are heading.

Day 1 – Center on Christ

True, and authentic Christian faith and living, rests on the pure doctrine of Christ where life is about letting our Heavenly Father use us for His purpose and not for our own gain and sense of satisfaction. The Apostle Paul taught that for those who are carnally minded are set against the true things of God. However, those who are spiritually minded are such because they have set their hearts and minds on God for life and peace (Romans 8:6).

Surrounded by God’s Divine and Sovereign Favor

I need to know this when I wonder whether or not my pursuit of Godliness is worth the cost. It always is. I may not see it right away, however, I will eventually see it. God has never withheld blessing from anyone whose heart was humble, contrite, and lowly before Him. Never. That would contradict His character and it would violate His sovereign promises. He blesses the righteous and surrounds them with divine favor.

Guard Your Life

Where do my affections lie? Do I hear the truth and then turn my heart toward other things? I will not retain what I have heard or read unless I spend time dwelling on it, turning it over in my mind and locking it within my heart. I will not be changed and I will not grow by passive hearing. I must set my affections on God's wisdom, act on it, and beat away any philosophical or material rivals. The promise for doing that is amazing: life and health. Truth and righteousness are powerful; they are the substance of my own life.

Living Out Spiritual Truths Daily

When I am strengthened by the faith and grace of God, I find that I am able to look at things in their proper perspective. I don't let my past get too close, lest it take on fearsome proportions that do not reflect my true character. I pray to accept, with a peaceful mind, the things I know are out of my control. Things I have no power to change. Knowing it is futile to be obstinate about the inevitable. I pray to be resolute to take decisive action in things that I know must need changing. Things that stifle my true character in Jesus Christ.

Christian Mindful Spiritual Discipline: Managing My Anger Due to Feeling Threatened

When it comes to our Christian faith - we are to learn to become better individuals. It is not only striving to be more Christ-like in our lives. It involves being mindful in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. We may not believe that there may be a solution to those problems that evoke us toward anger. One of the motivating factors toward our natural disposition toward anger centers on perceived (whether real or not) danger. When we experience anger, chances are that it is due to us feeling quite threatened.

Taming of the Tongue

When someone explodes, I am responsible to realize that it is always best to be mindful and remain silent. I want to remind myself that such outbursts only reveal the individuals own unhappiness and dissatisfaction. I move to detach myself from making the situation far more worst by taking seriously what they say.

Mindful Christian Service

~ JANUARY 3, 2020 ~ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31, KJV Yes, God does have a plan for our lives. However, He expects us to do our fair share of the work in order to be presentable living sacrifices. While many, outside … Continue reading Mindful Christian Service

Rise Above the Hatred Through Faith in Christ

Photo by Bess Hamiti on Pexels.com If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.~ John 15:18, KJV ~ Hatred is a toxin, which when introduced into the soft, vulnerable and defenseless soul of mankind, wreaks havoc, destroys everything it touches, and sends its host spiraling ever downward toward … Continue reading Rise Above the Hatred Through Faith in Christ

Self-Examination is a Courageous and Faithful Spiritual Discipline

Photo by Mateusz Sau0142aciak on Pexels.com Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. ~Lamentations 3:40, KJV ~ Both busyness and mind-numbing activities are ways to avoid self-reflection. Self-reflection runs against the grain of a busy culture. It requires us to set specific time aside to be quiet, still, and … Continue reading Self-Examination is a Courageous and Faithful Spiritual Discipline

Meet Another Where they Are At

It is a true Christian mindful and spiritual experience to lead a desperate individual into a new point of view. We learn the subtle difference between pity and empathetic understanding. We do not flaunt our own Christian blessings and victories. We allow God's love and blessings speak for themselves.

3 Key Elements of Spiritual Growth

We see great benefits when we read and meditate on the word of God. The Bible teaches us, corrects us when we are in error, trains us for righteousness in order for us to be complete, and equipped to engage in ministry through Christ.