#38-Complacency Kills

2 Corinthians 5:21 Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.

 Before I involved God in my recovery I belonged to Alcoholics Anonymous. I said all the right things, made all the right noises and mixed in all the right circles. I had achieved sobriety. I hadn’t gained recovery.

I learned the Twelve Steps, taught them to other people. I started numerous A.A. groups and attended others on a regular basis.

I remember an older member in A.A. saying to me “I hope I am around when you finally get serious about recovery.” You see he could see that I was still playing a game. A dangerous game but

a game none the less. After about eighteen months I relapsed.

  • Are you aiming for sobriety or recovery?
  • What are you doing to avoid complacency?


Complacencygrows out of false security in our spiritual life. As we grow in the recovery process we can develop a false sense of security in our achievements. When we abandon God’s will for our lives we also abandon His help in them.

Complacency often leads to relapse. When we stop going to meetings and applying the principles of recovery to our lives we are on a downward spiral. Eventually, we will be so sure of ourselves we think we deserve a reward (our drug of choice)

Complacency leads to lukewarm recovery. When we neglect God and others we become half-hearted in our pursuit of right living. Don’t let recovery become a part-time pastime. Neglecting it can lead to death.

Malachi 2:10 Don’t we all come from one Father? Aren’t we all created by the same God? So why can’t we get along? Why do we desecrate the covenant of our ancestors that binds us together?

Revelation 3:15-16 “I know you inside and out and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot–far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.”

Proverbs 1:31-32 You’ve made your bed–now lie in it; you wanted your own way–now, how do you like it? Don’t you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots? Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.


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