If you work Gods words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, God had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever.
Luke 6:48 ~ 1 Corinthians 3:11~ Ephesians 1:4 ~ 2 Timothy 2:19
Addiction took you to dark places, possibly further than you ever wanted to go. Willpower, and thinking you had all the answers, never helped you get free from your addiction. Instead of shame and disgrace, God is faithful and ready to give you a double portion of blessing and everlasting joy.
Your recovery from addiction depends upon confronting the issues that were in you before medicating the pain—the why behind the what. This is an inside job, and you need to get out of his way for him to do his work in you.
Character issues will never sustain your new life in recovery; victim mentality and excessive misery must be confronted and removed before your heart hardens and takes you out. Deal with them, before they deal with you! What has to go? Everything that’s connected with that old way of life. Trade insanity for sanity! If you look for God wholeheartedly, you will find him.
Lord, I praise you for ending my captivity, restoring me, and bringing me into recovery. Thanks so much for your patience. Amen.
ISAIAH 61:7; EPHESIANS 4:22; JEREMIAH 29:13-14
Bible Reading: Luke 6:46-49
Focus Verse: Luke 6:49
“If you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.”
Living Life Recovery helps to build SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS
Obedience to God is like building our lives on strong, solid foundations. Through lives of addiction and dependencies we never really paid much attention to the foundations of our lives. We were happy to ‘Go with the flow’ Often we let other people define our foundations for living (as long as we had a good time)
Failing to build good foundations in recovery leads to destruction. I have said before and will say it again I am sure “People who fail in recovery fail because they don’t plan not to.” I have seen people time and time again enter programs and rehabs and whilst in there obey all the rules and make all the right decisions. Then, they get to the end of the designated process time and fall in a heap. Usually, because they have not considered what they will do at the end. They have not put any supports in place for moving forward because, and this happens more than occasionally they never really expected to make it to the end or they just assumed someone else had planned their ongoing support.
Jesus said in John 16:33 “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” The reality is all of us, regardless of how well we have travelled or are currently travelling in recovery experience difficulties. If it was easy everyone would be doing it and we wouldn’t value it.
Step Three says “I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.” This decision is the most important decision we make in our recovery when it comes to setting solid foundations. I’ve made a decision to let God lead. Where He leads I will follow and no matter how good or how bad things appear to get for the rest of my life I will follow Him. This is challenging for all of us but after 30+ years in the recovery process I can tell you from experience His way is always the right way, not always the easiest but always right. Prayer and meditation are important foundations of the recovery process as is ‘Seeking God’s will for my life.” You have all probably heard the saying ‘If you aim at nothing that’s what you’ll get.’ Recovery requires a lot of self-discipline. There will be times in the ‘difficulties’ Jesus talked about where it will seem easier to go back than to persevere or move forward. At these times it is important to remember the commitment we made to let God lead and to work with Him in the process of character change.
The best foundation we have in recovery is Jesus Christ, the One True Higher Power. Our recovery will only be as strong as our ‘Spiritual Foundations’ The cornerstone of our recovery, therefore, needs to have solid spiritual grounding. Where better to receive solid spiritual grounding than at the feet of Jesus. Everything we do in life must fit into His pattern of doing things.
Two ways to destroy our recovery going forward are through tampering with the foundations or using inferior materials. It is important for us in the recovery process to find a good support group, attend it, get involved in it and find a good Sponsor. It is important we read ‘God’s Manual’ for Spiritual Living (THE BIBLE) regularly, meditate on it and apply it on a daily basis to our lives. It is important we are in constant relationship with The Holy Spirit in order to understand God’s will for our lives and gain His strength to do whatever He is calling us to do. Jesus said The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. Foundationally the best thing any of us can do in recovery and in life is getting into a relationship with the Holy Spirit in order to better understand ourselves, God and others so we can move forward in recovery and achieve all He has set before us.
Romans 13:14 Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
God’s presence is available to us all if we desire it. He doesn’t go where He is not invited and He doesn’t force His way into anywhere.
From the time God intervened in my life, during relapse in Rockingham in Western Australia my desire was to get to know God. The problem early in my recovery was I wanted to get to know Him on y terms. He was only permitted into the parts of my life I invited Him into and some of the sinful areas in my life I declared out of bounds to Him.
He respected my decisions but recovery didn’t work effectively in my life until I allowed God access to it all.
- Are there areas in your life God that are out of bounds to God?