We are called into daily humble service
This packet of scripture verses has been created to help us better understand the attitude God invites us to take for increasing in God's character and grace. Our perspective often times needs adjusting. God is our leader and power which we rely on in everything. The second we become more concerned about our selfish desires is the second we stop serving God. Fortunately in God's mercy we may adjust our mental position and correct our perspective to place our dependency upon God. Everything we do hinges upon taking this position in our spiritual walk. As we seek selfish ambition our spirit begins decay. The longer we remain in this position the more the decay.
Here is a prayer millions have found helpful to right themselves with God:
Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!” We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon ourselves utterly to Him. Page 63 Alcoholics Anonymous
Discussions ought to focus on insight for spiritual growth. We ought to seek out solutions for ourselves. We ought to speak for ourselves only. Our thoughts and comments ought to focus toward how we each individually can improve toward God’s character. (inductive study style)
Part one - understanding the common message (when something gets repeated it raises its importance or significance)
Part two - what can we take away from the message for us (If we are learners/disciples of God, then shouldn't we read the message as if God was teaching us how to live, think, follow, and shape our attitudes?)
As we read the scripture, taking in it's message to see how we can adjust our beliefs to accept the message and accommodate it into new understanding, we will begin to sense God's grace as God intends for us. Through our practice of self-control and discipline we can put into practice such scripture reading to ensure it remains in our consciousness each day. This will be necessary to help us battle contrary teachings of the world and temptations.
It is a good thing to give ourselves over to a God of love, truth, justice, mercy, and peace. And to give ourselves over to God we ought to give our beliefs, expectations, goals, desires, entitlements, rights, and plans into God's care. Results are God's, but choices and action to take is ours.
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all our activities. “How can I best serve Thee—Thy will (not mine) be done” These are thoughts which must go with us constantly. We can exercise our will power along this line all we wish. It is the proper use of the will. Page 85 Alcoholics Anonymous
We belong to a new way of the Spirit
1 Corinthians 9:19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Romans 7:6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
1 Corinthians 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are.
2 Corinthians 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Galatians 6:15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.
Ephesians 2:15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,
Ephesians 4:23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
Ephesians 4:24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
2 Peter 3:13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
2 John 1:5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
Romans 12:5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 14:8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 12:15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
1 Corinthians 12:16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
1 Corinthians 15:23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
2 Corinthians 10:7 You are judging by appearances. If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do.
Galatians 3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Colossians 2:20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:
Colossians 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
Hebrews 10:39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
1 John 3:12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.
1 John 3:19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:
John 8:35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
John 8:47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
John 14:24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
John 16:15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
Romans 1:6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
Romans 7:4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
1 Corinthians 7:39 A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.
Questions to consider
Who's in charge today?
Who are we following today?
How are we serving God today?