Tomorrow night at B-Together Recovery we are continuing our four week series on STEP 6: We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
This step is about willingness to put in the action we need to put in to change our lives to bring them into line with God’s Word and his Will. Tomorrow night we are looking at being ‘READY FOR ANYTHING’
For most of us, recovery never works according to our plan. That’s how we got into trouble in the first place (following our own plans) Recovery is about learning to follow God’s plan and getting ready for the unexpected.
B-Together Recovery is a safe place, where people can come and investigate God’s promises for them, at their own pace. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
God sees spiritual maturity in us. It only comes through reading, meditating and applying His Word to our daily living.
Love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy. Mark 12:30
1989 William Booth Men’s Hostel – (the Sobering Up Unit) Whitmore Square, Adelaide South Australia.
Where this journey began. I remember the counselor interviewing me and saying “you can’t go on the program, your attitude is all wrong.” I thank God everyday for His intervention and for changing my attitude.
When we talk too much and don’t listen others think we know it all.
Someone told me once ‘you need to listen twice as much as you talk.’ Not sure if that’s the right measure. One thing I have learned however is in our quiet time with God we need to take as much time as it takes to listen to Him and what it is He wants us to do – Then we need to DO IT!
People will tell you things that sound right, sound safe and sound easy. It warns us in the ‘Big Book’ of ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ as we go through the process of recovery we will always look for the ‘easier, softer way’
I want to tell you there isn’t one.In recovery we need to learn the truth, apply the truth and follow the truth if we are eager to change our lives and the lives of those we love most.
We will all experience storms in our lives, recovery won’t change that. What recovery does change for us is our options. Where we used to run to our habit of choice we now have the option to run to Jesus in the storm, confess our need and trust him to take care of us.
God expects us to be different.
Early in recovery we tend to keep contact with some of our old habits and relationships. We can find ourselves living a double life. Acting one way when we are with others in recovery and another way when we are with people from our past.
Recovery is about changing your life 24/7, not just when you are in meeting or sharing with fellow recovery travelers. It’s hard but it’s worth it.
God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:8
Whenever you have doubts about the value of your life, remember God loved you before your came to recovery. He loved you so much whilst you were caught up in your old way of living and He loves you now you are in the process of addressing your addictions and compulsions.
He told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Gods power demonstrated in my weaknesses through the process of my recovery encourages me everyday to keep on going. Because of Him I have accomplished far more in my life than I could have ever imagined. Recognizing I was incapable on my own to change my life. Acknowledging I needed His help and learning to rely on Him by putting my faith in Him. The most sensible decisions and actions I have ever made in my life.
Like Paul once I believed the truth of this scripture I quit focusing on my addiction and compulsive personality and started thanking Him for His gift of recovery to me everyday.
In 1989 Jesus invited me to let Him lead and I agreed. Because of that decision my life today is different – in a good way….