Be a good example
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.”
Step 12: Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.
People who know us are watching how we are living, observing the changes in us since entering the recovery process. How we act and react to life can have a big effect on others decisions to enter a life of recovery.
- When people look at the changes in you as a result of recovery what do they see?
Prayer: Lord make me a good example of the recovery process and Your involvement in my life.
Rest is important
Psalms 127:2 It’s useless for you to work from early morning until late at night just to get food to eat. God provides for those he loves even while they sleep.
Rest is an important ingredient in the recovery formula.
Rest is important in maintaining balance in our lives. We live in a world where there always seems to be too much to do.
Rest is an important part of God’s plan for us. On the seventh day, God rested not because He was tired, but to indicate the task was complete. Our full and complete rest begins when we trust Him to complete the task He has begun in our lives through the process of recovery.
- Do you rest regularly?
- What do you do to relax?
Prayer: Lord let me rest today so I can be ready to do whatever You want me to do.
Ask God For Strength
Psalms 105:4 Look to the Lord and to his strength. Always look to him.
In recovery, we need to seek God’s strength to do those things we cannot do in our own strength.
Our own strength is actually a point of spiritual vulnerability. There are times in our lives when we are vulnerable because of our strengths, not our weaknesses. In Luke 4:3 we read “The devil said to him [Jesus], If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus had the power to tell the stone to become bread. The devil wanted Him to use His power outside of what God’s mission for His life. The devil can also tempt us to use our new found lifestyle for the wrong things. Avoiding the temptation to go our own way because we are feeling better is a trap we need to be aware of.
– Are there things in your life you are tempted to do you know you shouldn’t do?
Prayer: Lord help me to depend on You and not on myself.
PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Psalms 5:3 Lord, in the morning you hear my voice. In the morning I pray to you. I wait for you in hope.
God is a prayer-hearing God. Let us learn the importance of daily conversation with Him. Of talking to Him honestly and sincerely about our lives and seeking His solutions where our lives don’t line up with His Word and His principles. His principles for healthy living call us to obey His leading in our lives and to talk to Him openly and regularly when things don’t go according to our plans.
Daily one on one time with God is an important key to the recovery process. It opens doors to things we may not have thought about or considered. Things that can only become realities in our lives with His guidance and His involvement.
- Do you have a set time, place and procedure for speaking with God?
Prayer: Lord today let me spend time in Your presence.
BE GUIDED BY GOD
Proverbs 20:18 Make plans by asking for guidance.
Recovery is a spiritual battle. To succeed in it we need spiritual guidance. The best sources of spiritual guidance any of us can us are God’s Word and prayer.
God’s guidance for our futures comes with obedience to Him and His Word in the present. When we focus on Him instead of focusing on the results we want to achieve we see beyond temporary setbacks or roadblocks.
His guidance rarely follows our plans. If I had seen all the things I had to go through in my life to get me to where I am now I am not confident I would still be here. Thankfully I have a Saviour who knows me better than I know myself who guides me daily and knows what is best for me.
- Are you allowing God to guide you where you don’t necessarily want to go?
Prayer: Lord guide my plans today and help me to follow You.
Bible Reading: Psalm 27:7-9
Psalms 27:8 When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!”
In the process of addiction, we all reach our ‘Rock Bottom’ A particular time or moment when we realize “I can’t do this on my own.” and we start looking outside of ourselves for a solution to our problems.
For me, I can identify so easily that moment. It is generally a place when we are at the end of self-reliance and ready to ‘do whatever we need to do to change our lives.’ Prior to reaching my rock bottom, I realized I was an alcoholic and needed to find a way to stop drinking (at that time I was not interested in changing my character) So like so many others before me and after me, I sought the solution to my drinking problem in Alcoholics Anonymous. I learned to talk the talk, I learned to manipulate my problems to get what I thought I needed to solve them.
Rock-bottom for me occurred whilst in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, realizing what I needed was personal relationship with God (not as I understood Him but as He understands me) Self-reliance ended for me when out of sheer desperation I knelt at the side of my bed and prayed sincerely that He would change my life. He did, and I made a commitment to Him in 1989 that wherever He leads me I will follow.
Today’s verse says “When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!” Alone in a rehabilitation program, ‘my heart whispered.’ and I heard it. Not in a whisper but in the strong, bold, powerful voice of Jesus Christ. Who said to me “You do not need to live like this anymore. Follow Me and I will lead you.”
Is He whispering to you today? Are you listening? Will you respond?
RECOVERY IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
BUT IT IS ALWAYS WORTH IT!
What’s Your Drug of Choice?
A question we are often asked in our various recovery circles as we move around the rooms. A question that comes back with so many different answers. But isn’t there really only one answer?
Our verse today says tells us that ‘everyone who is addicted to denial and illusion won’t come near to God-light.’ Isn’t that the drug of choice of us all. We choose to live in denial so we won’t have to face the truth about ourselves, about God and about others?
The verse that follows says “Anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.” That for me is the answer to successful, growing, lasting recovery.
Face the truth, fess up to your problems, accept the reality of your character and allow the God-work into your life so you can become a ‘New Creation. http://ow.ly/i/AI80e
God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in! 7Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you. Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvellously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
- GOD KNOWS ALL ABOUT YOU
God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. Psalm 139:1
- GOD KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT YOURSELF
Thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvellously made! I worship in adoration Psalm 139:14
- GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU THINK OTHER PEOPLE THINK ABOUT YOU
“If there happens to be a feast celebrated, don’t go there either to enjoy the festivities.” Jeremiah 16:8
- GOD KNOWS YOUR POTENTIAL FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. 1 Corinthians 9:25
1 Corinthians 9:25 highlights the importance of the continued application of the principles of recovery and resetting our focus not on ourselves but on the things God wants us to be focused on.
Living Life Recovery Reflection #310, 2017
1 Corinthians 10:24 We should not look out for our own interests. Instead, we should look out for the interests of others.
In the Bible Jesus taught us two lessons in Luke 14:7-14. He taught us that service is more important than status. He also taught us that caring is demonstrated by how much we reach out to others less fortunate than we are. In the case of recovery that is people not as far down the recovery track as we are.
Everyone needs recovery! none of us are so well adjusted to life and its problems that we will never need anyone else to help us and care about us. God expects us to care about and look after each other. We are all called to help the homeless, hungry, sick and imprisoned as if they were Jesus (Galatians 4:8-14)
- Do you avoid people who are suffering – or are you willing to do what you can to help them?
Prayer: Lord help me today to reach out to someone less fortunate than I am
and do what I can to help them
Check out the mirror to see its reflection. Are you an imposter, pretending to be what you aren’t, or authentic enough to admit who you truly are? The spirit of fear comes hard against love, and when it comes knocking to disrupt your day of being real, let faith open the door. Examine yourself to see if your faith is real or something abstract. The only way to fail this test is to not know Jesus is in you right now. If you fail the test, do something about it! When Jesus’ love is in you, fear has to leave.
Are you willing to examine and take ownership of what’s going on? There’s a different road to travel than the road to self-destruction, medicating the pain of your resentment and regrets. It’s okay to be hopeful!
Can you admit when you’re wrong, or weak, quickly? The disciple Paul delighted in his weakness, hardships, and difficulties. It’s okay to be driven to your knees by troubles; it’s a great place to be.
Lord, I pray to endure whatever comes, for your sake. I pray when battered and bruised, your grace is sufficient to strengthen me. Amen.
2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10, 13:5