At the start of this ‘New Year’ we all need to ask ourselves the questions “have I really decided to cut ties with my past?” “Am I now ready to live according to God’s plan for my life?” Most of us know the right answer to both these questions is ‘YES’ because if we say no we will struggle to maintain sobriety. For some of us this may not be a question we are ready or equipped to answer yet, if that is so we may need to go back to Step One and Step Two and consider “Have I accepted my powerlessness and unmanageability?” “Do I believe that God exists and He is waiting and willing to help me recover?”
There are two things I would ask you each to remember as you seek to answer these questions openly and honestly for yourself (1) Jesus is the one and only True Higher Power (2) Successful recovery requires He be kept central in our lives.
Keeping Him central requires personal relationship with Him that involves worship, prayer and meditation and learning for His Word (The Bible)
We are all going to make mistakes. Some days we will be very conscious of how badly we are travelling, but we must not allow these times to get the better of us. Instead we need each day seek God’s forgiveness for our mistakes (Step 10) And commit to improvement, not perfection.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! Ephesians 5:8
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy Proverbs 28:13
Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Lord, today help me to include You in everything. Teach me to practice the principles of recovery at all times and when I make mistakes help me to confess my mistake to you and commit to doing better in the future.