2016 Day 121

Isaiah 41:10 Do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be terrified. I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. My powerful right hand will take good care of you. I always do what is right.

I have watched more people walk away from recovery than have completed it, all because of ‘fear of the unknown.’

We have all heard the saying ‘it’s better the devil you know.’

I want to tell you it isn’t. Recovery is a scary and sometimes thankless process. I want to tell you today, having spent many years in recovery. It is worth it.

Do not quit! The smallest step forward is still a step in the right direction. I heard many years ago the slogan: ‘You only fail when you stop trying’ So just keep moving forward and I promise you – It will get better.

 

In what ways has your recovery been worth it?


Prayer:
Lord help me today to keep moving forward.

2016 Day 116

Bible_leatherOn Saturday afternoon I was looking for a specific book in my many books collection. I couldn’t find it. What I did find was an NIV- ‘SERENITY’ A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery. I haven’t seen one or read one for years.

The one I had found was prebiously owned by Major John Henderson, given to me by Major Lillian Henderson after John’s death. What made it so special for me was that inside of it their were some hand written sermon notes written by Major Henderson, I can remember him using that particular Bible at ‘Bridge Program’ and ‘Family Store’ functions. As I read the notes I could hear John Henderson sharing them with me and I thank God today for Major John Henderson.

It was he who recruited me to The Salvation Army Family Stores staff in Adelaide, it was he who mentored me for so many years as I grew in recovery and faith. It is because of Major John Henderson I am the man I am today and I am truly blessed for having known him, worked with him and being able to call him my friend.

Love you John – THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

2016 Day 114

Bible Reading: Leviticus 26:14-42

After a harsh warning for disobedience to his laws (26:14-39), God shows great love for his people in this promise of restoration. He delights in restoring those who repent. Jesus came to earth, died, and was resurrected so that we could experience God’s forgiveness for our sins. A large part of our change of character through the process of recovery results from:

Confess our sins (Steps 4 and 5)

– In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help
my sinful habits and attitudes.

– On completion of my list of sinful habits, I will confess them to God and
to someone that I trust.

Soften our hearts (Steps 6 and 7)

– After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them,  I am now willing to let God change me.

– Through acknowledgement of God’s supreme power, I humbly ask Him to help me change my sinful habits and attitudes.

Make Amends (Steps 8 and 9)

– As part of the process of change, I will identify and record  everyone I have harmed and through prayer become willing to make restitution to them.

– Having identified the people I have harmed, I will now go and make restitution to them. Unless to do is going to cause them or other pain or suffering.

Leviticus 26:40-42 “If they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors, their treacherous betrayal, the defiance that set off my defiance that sent them off into enemy lands; if by some chance they soften their hard hearts and make amends for their sin, I’ll remember my covenant with Jacob, I’ll remember my covenant with Isaac, and, yes, I’ll remember my covenant with Abraham. And I’ll remember the land.”

2016 Day 113

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Working together with Him, we also appeal to you, “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.” Corinthians 6:1

God’s grace was my only hope. Alone in a rehabilition far from home in 1989 I knew I had messed up. I knew I had let myself, people and God down and I needed to get serious about changing my life. So I did the only thing I had failed to do in my life, I prayed to God and he answered me. From that day to this day I have been “Working together with Him.”  Continally in communication with Him, listeming to Him, trusting Him and following Him.

Today I “also appeal to you” God does not put a limit on the number of times we can come to Him. So if you have never gond to Him or if you have and then turned your back on Him and gone back yo your old ways. I appeal to you today to come to Him and “receive God’s grace.”

Nehemiiah 9:31 says “You are a God of grace and compassion.” and He is waiting for you to come to Him. Take the firts step of faith today and turn to Him for help with whatever you are going through.

2016 Day 112

llr_blue.jpgEcclesiastes 8:6 There’s a proper time and way for people to do everything. That’s true even though a man might be suffering greatly.

The Bible tells us there is a time for everything because God sets the times. He has a plan and a purpose for our lives and everything that is meant to happen to us and for us will happen in His time.

Now I need to say right now I am not the most patient, or level headed person in the world. I have been known to ‘lose the heed’ sometimes.Today is one of those days. Things I expected other people to do they hadn’t done (for whatever reasons) and I got a bit angry. And, Rangers lost in the ‘fitba’ this morning after me getting up early to watch.

I find myself sitting here now, alone in God’s presence, hearing Him ask he question “Is it really that important?”  The result of the person not doing what I expected the to just means I have to wait a bit longer. The results of the Rangers match has no bearing whatsoever on their football season they are back in the Premiership Division next season and they are in the Scottish Cup Final on May 21st.

What has all that got to do with God? I hear youa ask. Well, the bible encouraes us to rely on God for everything  but when we rely on our own agendas and let our own feelings and emotins dominate things,  in my experience they usually go ‘pear-shaped’

So today I want to encourage everyone reading this to ‘RELY ON GOD’and the verse in  Matthew 19:26 “With God everything is possible”  Don’t let your feelings and emotions stop your from  obeying Jesus command  in John 14:1 “Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them. “Believe in God and believe also in me. Always ask youself the question “Is it really that important?”

2016 Day 111

I got up this morning and thought “I’ll cook myself some breakfast” After the breakfast was cooked I thought what to do now and God said “Open your Bible” Now I don’t know about anyone else but when God says to me open your Bible, without telling me where to open it I always go to Proverbs. There are thirty-one and you can open the one for whatever day of the month you are on.

So I got my Life Recovery Bible andopened it up at Provebs twenty and verse one said Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.” That verse led me to remember times in my past where drinking too much or taking too many drugs has landed me in trouble. It reminded me of times growing up where I thought I was wiser than I was and made the wrong decisions and choices in my life because of it.

I remeber a few years ago I asked my mentor at the time,  Robert Colman, “How do I become as wise as you Robert?”  He seems to know the right answer for everything and he said to me “Keep doing what you are doing until you are 74.” Robert was 74 at the time

Psalms 119:97-98 Lord, I really love your law! All day long I spend time thinking about it. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, because your commands are always in my heart. Gods Word makes us wise. True wisdom goes beyond gathering knowledge. True wisdom is applying the knowledge we aquire in our lives through our own experiences and the experiences of others, good and bad in accordance to God’s Word and His plan for our lives.

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