He [Jesus] used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. Matthew 4:23
There were three aspects to the ministry of Jesus. Teaching, preaching and healing. Teaching shows His concern for understanding. Preaching shows His for commitment. Healing shows His concern for wholeness. His miracles of healing authenticated His teaching and preaching, proving that He truly was from God.
To successfully continue in recovery we need to adapt the three aspects of concern Jesus ministry shows us:
An important aspect of recovery that is developed through trust. We come to recovery with many questions and doubts. We shouldn’t be too harsh on ourselves because we don’t understand everything about God and recovery. One of the key elements of recovery is time. We need to take time to heal, to grow, to listen and to learn in order to improve our understanding of the process of recovery.
Our commitment to recovery needs to be complete, consistent and life-long. Nothing is more important to the recovering addict than our recovery. Without it we have nothing. As we grow in recovery our way of living should demonstrate the importance of recovery in our lives. Regardless of what others say or do we need to avoid putting our selves in circumstances that can lead us to relapse.
The peace sought through recovery is more that just the absences of conflict. We are looking for completeness, health, justice, prosperity and protection in every area of our lives. Things we can only find through personal relationship with God, through Jesus and walking daily with the Holy Spirit. To find wholeness in our hearts, minds and relationships with others we must first find peace with God.
God help me today to take time to heal, to hear and to hope in You. Keep me focused on the process of recovery and help me to live today in the presence of the Holy Spirit so I may know Your peace