Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ–eternal and glorious plans they are!–will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. 1 Peter 5:8-11
When we are tempted to relapse or we are feeling down and disheartened ‘The Devil is poised to pounce’ We are encouraged in this scripture to “keep a firm grip on the faith.” because temptation is temporary and Jesus has a plan for us.
God promises us when we are feeling down, even when we fail He will restore us if we put our faith in Him in a good and secure place. He will use our difficulties and failures to make us stronger.
BORN TO DIE FOR OUR SINS
Luke 2:11 A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.
Sin is man’s tragedy: Jesus is God’s answer. It was the only way salvation of sin could be effectively provided.
GOD SENT HIM BECAUSE HE LOVES US
John 3:16 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one, and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.”
JESUS REVEALS GOD TO US
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day.
WHEN WE TRUST HIM HE SHOWS US OFF
1 Timothy 1:15-16 Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof–Public Sinner Number One– of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off–evidence of his endless patience–to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever.
James 5:16 Admit to one another that you have sinned. Pray for one another so that you might be healed. The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen.
We are all in this together. The purpose* of recovery fellowships is to support. We are not here to fix each other. Fixing our lives is God’s domain, not ours. In recovery, we are here to support one another and to encourage one another.
Over my years of recovery have met many different individuals from many different backgrounds. All with one thing in common. We all need recovery. We all have problems and issues in our lives for which we need God’s help and the help of other people. Don’t be a lone ranger.
- When have you known you needed help and tried to go it alone?
- How did that workout or you?
2 Thessalonians 2:5 Don’t you remember me going over all this in detail when I was with you? Are your memories that short?
“I hope I am around when you get serious about recovery.“
In ‘Serenity Lodge’ in 1987, when I was 23 and had been in recovery just a couple of months, I was called into the Superintendents office. I was playing games and he knew it. I went there expecting reprimand because he knew what I was up to. Instead, he invited me to become a volunteer leader on the programme leading Twelve Step Groups. I agreed and as I left his office he said to me “I hope I am around when you get serious about recovery, it will be worth watching.”
You know back then, I laughed when I heard that. But thinking about it now I wonder; what do others see when they look at me? What did that Superintendent see that I didn’t see or understand? At 23 I began a journey people wait all their lives to get on. In my recovery life, I have been given more opportunities than most people. At a young age, early in recovery, I was introduced to leading recovery groups an opportunity to make a difference and an opportunity to change my life. It wasn’t till I was 25 and had created more havoc I actually began to take the process seriously and apply what I had taught so many others.
Every day I thank God for the opportunities He has given me, is giving me and will give me. Today I think entry into the recovery process with God’s help and guidance is the greatest opportunity any of us are given to obtain life transformation and productive living.
When people look at you what do the see?