Job 16:12 I was enjoying a quiet, peaceful life, but then God crushed me. Yes, he took me by the neck and broke me into pieces. He has made me his target.
There were times for some of us when things seemed to be going well. But as we now reflect we can see it all fell apart. Everything came to a head. We seemed at ease yet a crisis resulted. Some of us still suffer from the experience. The end of the road collapse can be painful.
Out of that breaking can come blessedness, the shambles can introduce us to freedom. When destitute with nowhere to turn Jesus invites us Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest.” Broken, battered and at a loss, this verse reminds us we are not beyond His care. His reins on us bringing us back to sensibleness. Setting us as a target for His divine affection, interest, and attention.
Count-down precedes blast off into a new way of learning spiritual truths, a new way of living life lessons, a new way of God equipping us to become all He is calling us to be and doing all he is calling us to do in His name, by His strength.
Psalms 16:5 My choice is you, God, first and only. And now I find I’m your choice!
Psalms 119:30 I choose the true road to Somewhere.
Psalms 119:75 I can see now, God, that your decisions are right; your testing has taught me what’s true and right.
Proverbs 22:1 A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.
1 Peter 2:9 You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you–
Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! You will be given what you are asking for.”
Recovery is about developing your faith in God’s ability to help you change and stay changed.
I have seen many people fail in recovery because they don’t plan not to. I have seen many people fail to move forward in recovery because of the “One day at a Time” concept.
The Bible is clear we should live for today, forget about yesterday and not worry about tomorrow, that doesn’t mean we should not plan anything.
Whilst in rehab I wrote, with God’s help a five-year plan for every area of my life. It took me three years to accomplish because my faith was in God, not myself.
- Where do you want to be in five years?
- What are you doing today about it?