Mark 4:18-19 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.
A false sense of security brought on by taking glory for what God has done is doing and will do in our lives and desire for things that can harm our new found serenity can cause us to go back to whence we came. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by things of this world. Material pursuits deafen us to God’s leading. Hearing when He speaks requires complete focus.
Prayer: Lord help me to avoid distraction from Your will for my life and stay focused on the process of continued Spiritual growth.
Judges 2:17 Israel did not listen to the judges but prostituted themselves by worshiping other gods. How quickly they turned away from the path of their ancestors, who had walked in obedience to the Lord’s commands.
Not all paths lead to God. Going through the motions isn’t enough. Sometimes we want recovery but do not want what God wants because we are all basically selfish.
Faith in The One True Higher Power doesn’t offer short-term benefits that appeal to our sinful natures. The essence of sin is selfishness; the essence of God is selflessness. Seeking close, personal relationship with Jesus is the only way for us to discover God’s will for our lives carry it out.
Prayer: Lord, help me today, show me Your way and help me live it.
Deuteronomy 8:11 “Do not forget the Lord your God and disobey His commands, regulations, and decrees.”
When things are going well we often take credit for what God has done in and through us and become so proud of our achievements we forget the basics. It is easy to get busy, managing our new way of life and push God out of the way. But it is Him [God] who gives us everything and enables us to do everything in His name for His Glory.
Prayer: Lord help me today, show me The Way, one day at a time.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.
God designs all for good, even when we can’t see it. Sometimes we pray for something and it doesn’t happen according to our schedule so we give up praying about it.
For me, as hard as it may seem it was the process of helping others in recovery. I have always believed, and still, believe that is my God-given purpose.
In 2005 God gave me a vision for Living Life Recovery. He gave me a map of how it would unfold if I relied on Him. The map came without timelines. So when things have progressed how I thought they should or to the timeline I had set I sometimes became disheartened. But I didn’t stop praying and I didn’t stop trying everything in my power to help others in recovery.
- What goals have you stopped praying about.
Prayer: God teach me to depend on You and not get disheartened.
Colossians 1:10 We pray that you will lead a life that is worthy of the Lord. We pray that you will please him in every way. So we want you to bear fruit in every good thing you do. We want you to grow to know God better.
At one time we too acted like fools. We didn’t obey God. We were tricked. We were controlled by all kinds of longings and pleasures. We were full of evil. We wanted what belongs to others. People hated us, and we hated one another. But the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared. He saved us. It wasn’t because of the good things we had done. It was because of his mercy. He saved us by washing away our sins. We were born again. The Holy Spirit gave us new life. Titus 3:3-5 NLT
What barriers keep you from loving and caring?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Love is more important than spiritual gifts. Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice and miracle-working power produce very little without love and caring.
Love benefits others. Society confuses love and lust. God’s kind of love is directed outward towards others. It is utterly unselfish. It is a love that goes against all natural inclinations. God’s kind of love helps us to set aside our own desires so we can benefit others expecting nothing in return.
Love is a choice. Leviticus 19:18 says “Forget about the wrong things people do to you. Don’t try to get even. Love your neighbor as yourself.” The loving and caring we are called to initiate through the recovery process has nothing to do with liking people. Love is not a feeling it is a choice. And, we can choose to be concerned about people’s well being and treat them with respect, whether we feel affection towards them or not. Love the sinner, not the sin.
Colossians 3:13 Put up with each other. Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.
Tolerating the differences. We all have them and some of them can be really annoying. God created us all in His image. He in His wisdom gave us all personalities and if we are going to survive the process of recovery we are going to have to tolerate each other’s differences.
I often like to tell people about the process of my recovery and the amazing things God did in that process just for me. I have been challenged by people who think I am too sure of myself. I’m not, what I am sure of is my Saviour and my Higher Power has a plan for me and if I continually seek to find, understand and implement His plan nothing can ever happen that will make me want to return to being the person I used to be.
- What are some of the things you are learning to tolerate through recovery?
Prayer: Lord help me to accept the differences in others.
All your communication with people still caught up in their addictions should emphasize your desire to do something for them. Not for them to do something for you.
If you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, who is to blame?