GIVING GOD PERMISSION
Job 31:6 Let God weigh me in honest scales.
Sometimes we allow our emotions to get in the way of our recovery progress.
Over the years I have been in recovery I have seen many people give up because they have a problem with a person or a situation over which they have no control.
In my life, I have given God permission to monitor my character and to address with me anything that exists in it that He does not approve of.
Sometimes that means me making changes in my life I may not like or agree with. It also means my life is a current process of internal change as I grow spiritually. Confession is not a one of event because even though we are in recovery we will still get it wrong sometimes.
– When has God revealed to you change is still required in your character?
Prayer: God show me today areas I still need to change
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
What we do affects others and what they do affects us.
Recovery is not a part- time process and God will not be happy with us just doing the right thing some of the time.
That means not only paying attention to ourselves but also paying attention to others. And when we have to challenging them about the wrong things they are doing.
Personal accountability is important in the recovery process. That means obedience to God at all times is important. As our Higher Power, He is in control. We gave Him that position in our recovery and lives and we need to continually monitor our beliefs, actions, and behaviours to ensure they line up with His.
– What things are you doing in your life that don’t line up with God’s plan for you?
Prayer: Lord help me to monitor my beliefs, actions, and behaviours and change what I need to.
Recovery Devotion 142, 2017
DON’T BE FOOLISH
Psalms 69:5 God, you know how foolish I’ve been. My guilt is not hidden from you.
God knows everything about us. Knowing the foolish things that we have done hasn’t stopped Him loving us.
It is foolish for any of us to think we can achieve recovery without God’s help. We become foolish we rely more on ourselves than we do on Him. Psalm 14:1 says Foolish people say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They do all kinds of horrible and evil things. No one does anything good.
I can relate to this verse. I remember so much of my life, before I invited Jesus to share it . Doing wrong t hing and justifying wrong things as right things for my own selfish ambitions.
– What foolish things do you still do and justify you need to stop?
Prayer: Lord help me today to face reality and stop doing and justifying the wrong things with Your help
A Safe Place
Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people. Tell him all of your troubles. God is our place of safety.
Pour out your heart in prayer to God. Don’t hold anything back. Tell Him everything. Why? Because it is safe to do so.
Pre- recovery I never felt safe anywhere. I trusted no- one and if I am honest never really cared about anyone. I was self- centered and self- motivated. I was always weighing up the WIFM (what’s in it for me) before I proceeded to do anything. I certainly didn’t trust anyone, including myself.
Learning to trust God in my life was a slower process than most people who know me might think. I love this verse in the Bible Luke 16:10 “Suppose you can be trusted with very little. Then you can be trusted with a lot. But suppose you are not honest with very little. Then you will not be honest with a lot.”
– How much can God trust you?
Prayer: Lord help me to be honest and earn Your trust.
LET GO AND LET GOD
Psalms 51:3-6 I know how bad I’ve been; my sins are staring me down. You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before you; whatever you decide about me is fair. I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born. What you’re after is the truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
The chorus of a song in The Salvation Army Songbook says:
No more! No more! He remembers sins no more, they are pardoned forever, and he will never Bring them up against me anymore. I’ll hear no more of the evil days of yore; I’m a pardoned offender, And God will remember them no more.
So why do we keep beating ourselves up? Forgiveness from God is final. That doesn’t mean we have a license to keep making bad choices and doing the wrong things. What it does mean is if I seriously and honestly confess my sin to God and trust Him to help me change He will.
Recovery is about life change. Life change is about living right from here on.
– Are you hanging onto old hurts and habits?
Prayer: Lord help me to let go and let You change my character.
CONFESS AND LIVE
Psalms 41:4 I said, “Lord, show me your favour. Heal me. I have sinned against you.”
Pouring our heart out to God opens up the way to forgiveness. Forgiveness opens up the way to change.
Personal experience of God’s pardon in my life helped me to seriously consider the fact I was now on the road to change. Up to that point, it was all still a bit of a pipe dream. I had learned about the process of recovery through my journey without really considering the question what next?
Confession to God for me was the start of His involvement in my life. I realised through communication with Him I had a chance to live a productive and practical life. It was the beginning of my realisation that I had a hope.
– What do you see in your future with God?
Prayer: Lord help me to be honest with You about my sin.
RECOVERY CHANGES LIVES
Psalms 32:3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body became weak because I groaned all day long.
Suppressed guilt and shame in my life as a result of how I was living made it impossible for me to live a normal life. All day, every day I searched in vain for an answer to my problems.
Coming into recovery changed that. Just being able to talk about my problems openly and honestly in a safe environment helped me so much to open my mind and heart to God and others. There is nothing I enjoy more in my life today than an opportunity to share my experience, strength and hope with people.
A number of years ago a Pastor in the church I belonged to used to ask me week after week “Archie are you RFA?” I never knew what he was talking about till I asked him weeks later. Ready for Anything!
– Are you RFA?
Prayer: Lord today let me be ready for anything You prompt me to do and equip me to do it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! God is the one who gave us this work. And this was only after he tested us and saw that we could be trusted to do it. So, when we speak, we are only trying to please God, not anyone else. He is the one who can see what is in our hearts. Those others tell about Christ because of their selfish ambition. Their reason for doing it is wrong.
Proverbs teach you wisdom and train you. They help you understand wise sayings. They provide you with training and help you live wisely. They lead to what is right and honest and fair. They give understanding to childish people. They give knowledge and good sense to those who are young. Let wise people listen and add to what they have learned. Let those who understand what is right get guidance.