God laid a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. The rock you’ve tripped on is Jesus. You stumbled over him while believing the lies of the enemy, giving in to the demands of the flesh, choosing chaos, medicating your pain, and accepting curses. The best thing you’ve ever done is stubbing your toe on the rock, because you stumbled right into Jesus’ lap.
Recovery gives you the opportunity to turn your will and life over to the creator. You’ve stumbled into becoming obedient to follow his path to recovery. Your stumbling in the past robbed and destroyed everything and almost killed you. God is now making you into one of his rocks on which he will build his church to receive another suffering addict.
Lord, I’m so grateful I stumbled over you. I praise you for the grace to stumble into you time and time again. Amen.
Romans 9:33 Matthew 16:18
Setting healthy boundaries for behavior involves knowing God’s truth and allowing neither false teaching of others or our own sinful inclinations to lead us astray. pg1624
2 Peter 2:20 When people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.
Psychologist, Abe Maslow, says we all have five basic needs:
The last mentioned warrants our brief attention. God has given us each personal abilities which can be used for good. Employing ourselves usefully will benefit us individually as well as benefit our families. But, we still have an obligation to society at large. Selfishness blocks the overflow of goodwill and chokes motivation to think of others. We cannot function successfully if we are introverts. Self-actualization depends on the acceptance of God’s plan for our lives and willingness to bring ourselves under divine management. Only in a controlled relationship with God can we find peace within and fulfillment. Living Life Recovery is attainable through reaching up to Him and moving in outgoingness to everyone else.