Proverbs 13:20 says we “Become wise by walking with the wise.” One of the cliche’s I heard often in the rooms of recovery over 30+ years is ‘STICK WITH THE WINNERS.’ and Proverbs 14:18 says “Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion.”
True wisdom begins when we ‘Decide to let God help us and commit to working with Him to change.’ (Step Three)
True wisdom begins when we ‘Ask God what He will have us do and His courage to do it’ (Step Eleven)
True wisdom begins when ‘We apply the principles of recovery to every area of our lives on a daily basis to the best of our ability at this time.’ (Step Twelve)
True wisdom is the ability to see our lives from God’s perspective, identify the best course of action to take and do what we need t do to change our ways.
You won’t find out who ‘THE WINNERS’ are until you get involved and start building a supportive recovery network for yourself. And you put an end to your ‘FOOLISH DREAMS,’ until you ‘Investigate and record with God’s help your sinful habits and attitudes.’ (Step Four)
When we lack wisdom, the storms of life can be devastating. After our lives are in pieces, we may realize that we have acted unwisely and want to change, but where do we start?
“How can men be wise?” the psalmist asks. “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!” (Psalm 111:10). God has given clear instructions for life. When we have enough reverence for God that we are willing to accept his instructions as the basis for all of our decisions, we have a good starting point.
Jesus said, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock” (Matthew 7:24-25). Listening to what the Bible says is the next step toward walking in wisdom. Filling our minds with God’s teaching will lead us to follow them.
This will also help us turn away from those things God says are wrong. Job tells us, “This is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding’” (Job 28:28).
Turning our lives over to God is a wise move! Like most aspects of recovery, walking in wisdom is a process that we grow into. These three elements are the groundwork: fear of the Lord, listening to his teaching, and following them.
We apologize. Due to the timing of Easter, the 4oDays of Recovery series will be postponed for one week and will now commence on 8th April 2018.
The religious leaders had manipulated the Roman Governor to condemn an innocent man who was a threat to the religious status quo and the Pharisee Temple Corporation. Dozens of witnesses saw Jesus’ body lowered to the ground, placed in a grave carved in the rock, sealed by a large stone, and now guarded by an elite squad of Roman soldiers. The religious leaders had to be very pleased with how quickly they had removed the trouble-maker from their midst.
Jesus’ tomb became God’s workshop to undo the tragedy that had taken place in the Garden of Eden. He kept his promise spoken hundreds of years earlier. It was God’s will that his Son dies and lay in the grave to cover our sins.
Separated from his Father on our behalf, Jesus willingly carried out his assignment, meeting sin and death alone. Allow Jesus’ blood to cleanse you. Rejoice that death has no more power over you.
Lord, what a stressful day of waiting for your disciples. With hope and expectancy, I await the morning light of your resurrection. I know the planet will rumble when daybreak arrives. Amen
“I’m still your God, the God who saved you out of Egypt. I’m the only real God you’ve ever known. I’m the one and only God who delivers.” Hosea 13:4