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4o Days of Recovery ~ Day 39

 

 

 

Hebrews 13:16 Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship–a different kind of “sacrifice”–that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.

As we share our own spiritual recovery with others, we share the good news of God’s healing power. In so doing, we become stronger in our own recovery and stronger in our faith in God.

 

Realize You Changed When You Turned to God For Recovery
You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! Ephesians 5:8

Out in the open called and challenged by God to reach out to others still suffering the negative effects of addiction, compulsion and dysfunction.

 

Recovery Involves Moral Responsibilities and Opportunities
It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us? 2 Corinthians 5:7-8

Recovery is a continual process of spiritual growth that is reliant on daily contact and communication with God through the Holy Spirit.

 

Being in Recovery Involves Constantly Testing Ourselves
Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. Ephesians 5:10

Step Ten Now that I am in the process of change, I will check myself daily to make sure I am not slipping back into my old ways and if I am, I will take steps to rectify it.

Constantly checking I am seeking to find and to do God’s will in every area of my life. And seeking His strength and His power to do what I need to do to live as an example to others so they too want to investigate His promises for their lives.

 

 

 

4o Days of Recovery ~ Day 38

 

 

 

Bible Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-5

Focus Verse:  1 Peter 5:5 All of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for– God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain people.

We need to be willing to care for others, desire to serve others and lead by example. We need to avoid negative models, failing to live by the ‘Principles of Recovery’ Jesus provides an example of us of the people He wants us to become. We need to submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and allow God‘s, peace and wisdom to flow through us each and every day we spend ‘Serving in Recovery’

 

Respect God-loyal People

The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent sift and weigh every word. The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless. The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder. Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground. Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good; the wicked will respect God-loyal people. Proverbs 14:15-19
The WORD For Recovery

Pride Leads to RELAPSE

PRIDE LEADS TO RELAPSE

One of the vices we face in recovery is pride. As we get well and start to feel good about ourselves and our lives it’s easy for us to forget the recovery journey we have been on and think we have arrived at our destination.

2022 | Discussion Starter #211

Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More, more.” I have God’s more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day Than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, For you, GOD, have put my life back together. Psalms 4:6-8

4o Days of Recovery ~ Day 37

The Mission Field is Where You Are

 

 

 

Bible Reading: Luke 10:1-20

Focus Verse: Luke 10:20  “The great triumph is not in your authority over evil but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you–that’s the agenda for rejoicing.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE WHERE YOU ARE
Romans 1:20 Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

INFORMING PEOPLE ABOUT THE TRUTH
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”

SEARCHING FOR THE LOST
Luke 15:7 There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

SUPPORTING THE FOUND
Philippians 2:4-5 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

INITIATING GOD-CONTACT
2 Timothy 2:24-26 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

OPENING UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE CHANGE
Ephesians 3:7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving Him by spreading this Good News.

NOT GIVING UP ON PEOPLE
James 2:1-4 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”–well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

The Word For Recovery

1 Chronicles 16:24

Sing to God, everyone and everything! Get out his salvation news every day! Publish his glory among the godless nations, his wonders to all races and religions. And why? Because God is great—well worth praising! No god or goddess comes close in honor. All the popular gods are stuff and nonsense, but God made the cosmos! Splendor and majesty flow out of him, strength and joy fill his place.

4o Days of Recovery Day 36

I know I missed a day….

All they gave Him [God] was lip service; they lied to Him with their tongues. Their hearts were not loyal to Him. They did not keep His covenant. Yet He was merciful and forgave their sins. Many times He held back His anger and did not unleash His fury! For He remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns. Psalms 78:36-39

The slogan for Living Life Recovery. Given to me by the Holy Spirit in 2005 why I commenced this ministry is “RECOVERY IS ABOUT LEARNING TO LIVE LIFE. LIVING LIFE IS MORE THAN JUST RECOVERY.” I don’t know about you but early in recovery, I learned to talk a good game. And if I am honest I probably still do but for different reasons than I used to. I used to talk a good game (lip service) because I learned to express the horror of my story in meetings and one on one to people because they believed I was doing so well. It wasn’t true and recovery for me back in the beginning 1987 was all about me. I learned to talk of a higher power I never knew, expressed faith I never had and embellished my story to make it fit whatever group at which I was sharing.

Then one night alone in my room in rehab in South Australia I met the real Higher Power and He invited me to follow Him and never live the way I used to live again. He had always been there in my walk, prompting me to follow Him and obey Him but He knew I was merely mortal, destined to failure when left to my own devices. I said yes and from that day to this day I have never returned to or desired to return to my old way of life.

Recovery is about learning to live life. God’s way Living life is more than just recovery. Life is not just about meetings. Life is about living. Listen obediently,…… Do what you’re told so that you’ll have a good life, a life of abundance and bounty, just as God promised, in a land abounding in milk and honey. Deuteronomy 6:3

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