Humbled by the Cost of His Sacrifice

We ought to be humbled as Christ humbled himself. The cost of our discipleship may never match the cost of Christ's sacrifice. However, our cost of discipleship is our worthy attitude and behavior as we become living sacrifices unto God through faithful obedience (Romans 12:1-2).

A Book Unlike Any Other

The scriptures are a priceless gift unto us as they share with us the message of hope. Of faith. Of fellowship and spiritual growth. We learn from the characters of Godly men and women who have faithfully served God in obedience and fellowship.

Genuine Men of Valor, Influence, and Covenant is what our Society Desperately Needs

True men of valor, of influence, and of covenant are those who come to the throne of our Heavenly Father with such powerful conviction of faith, boldness of heart, and contrition of spirit where they are humbled and meek in seeking His will, desire, and plan - and walking out with true confidence and assurance that God will deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.

Emotional Reactiveness vs. Emotional Responsiveness

How have I grown in this area? By becoming mindful of my own judgments and criticisms. Reminding myself there is no need to get riled up or defensive. Take the time to hear what the other person is saying. Attempt to see it from their perspective. And if I am in disagreement - encourage healthy dialogue to understand.

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.

Character Creates Courage

The cost of recovery is the very act of denying who we presently are and willing to put to death all that old person represents. Burying the old and rising up in a newness of life. No longer bound to the shackles of our addiction, compulsions, or other dysfunctional behaviors. We are freed to develop a character that creates a person of courage, integrity, and faith.

“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).

Do You Worship the Work?

True freedom and spiritual growth, therefore, begins when I am honest, humble, and submissive to the will and desire of my Heavenly Father. Through his grace and mercy, I am able to do the things required of me and am strengthened as I continue to concentrate on Him and Him alone.

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.

Do not Falsely Accuse God

No one else is capable of living my own life. I am responsible for my life. I am responsible for my own recovery. And because of this I either wallow in worry and become lazy and complacent. Critical and judgmental. Where I am not receiving any blessings, any healing, and any restoration. However, if I submit over to God's will and care, faithful walk-in spirit and truth to what He has in store for me and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me - then I will receive those promised rewards He has prepared for me.

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.

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.

“Let Them Have Dominion”

Through our discipleship we come to know the nature and truth of who our Heavenly Father is and what he expects of us. To which, the Savior declared, be ye therefore perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48, Philippians 3:15-16; 3 Nephi 12:48). It means we are to be complete and full as it relates to Our Heavenly Father.

Day 6 – Our Purpose is to Trust God

Our call to go forward with faith and purpose in the new year is meant for us to examine ourselves and determine whether or not we truly place full confidence in who Christ is, in the teachings of the pure doctrines of Christ, and trust in those personal revelations he has given us. Trust in Christ means we go forward with faith, despite any doubts we may have. Despite our perceived inadequacies. For if we go forward in faith, with purpose, we are blessed to accomplish those things we are called to accomplish. For if we go forward in faith, with purpose, we are able to do the things our Heavenly Father has commanded us to do.

Scripture Motivation: Lay Hold Upon the Word

When it comes to reading the scriptures, we are able to come to know of their worth and truthfulness. By careful study and understanding of the scriptures, we are able to come to know them. How we liken the scriptures unto ourselves is through visualization of the people, the events, and situations. What is the situation? How does it relate to my own circumstance? By likening the scriptures, we grow, learn, and receive personal insight and inspiration. Nephi shares this with us when he said: I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning” (1 Nephi 19:23). Through likening the scriptures - we also learn the principles and truths from our Heavenly Father. Finally, we want to ponder - or meditate - upon those things that are revealed through our scripture study. By meditating, we ask questions, look for the practical applications and solutions.

All that Thou Commandest Us We Will Do

Each one of us ought to devote our time and energy in studying the standard works every day. This is accomplished by establishing a study schedule that best serves our personal needs. And is something we are motivated and committed to following consistently. Developing an understanding and love for the scriptures will greatly help in the challenges and responsibilities we have in our lives. Helps us be of service toward others. Improve our ability to relate and communicate with others.

Knowing the Tactics of Our Enemies – Joseph G. Richardson

Knowing this can also help us as we share the gospel with our friends and family. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “We are at war with Satan for the souls of men. The battle lines were drawn in our pre-earth life. Satan and a third of our Father in Heaven’s children turned away from His promises of exaltation. Since that time, the adversary’s minions have been fighting the faithful who choose the Father’s plan.”

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.

Walk in Accepted Grace of God with Faith, Patience and Obedience

I stand grateful and amazed and confused at the sovereign Grace of my Heavenly Father. Grace bestowed upon me by Christ's death, burial, and resurrection to a new life. Confessing my sins and embracing Christ as my Savior is the essential first step to spiritual transformation and growth.

9-Core Behaviors for Spiritual Influence and Impact on Recovery

The aim of living in recovery is to deepen our transformation and help us become more like Jesus Christ. For this reason, when we engage in recovery, we’re not just looking for new information; we want to become a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This means relying on Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to help us change our hearts, our views, our actions, and our very natures.