Plan Not to Fail

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Mark 14:38 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

When I first came to recovery in 1987 I wanted to get sobriety. I learned the steps, attended meetings, listened and applied what people said but I still failed.

The reason I believe is because I didn’t plan not to. I went through the recovery process per the rules and it didn’t work because I failed to keep watch over the area’s in my life where I was vulnerable to temptation and I failed to pray. I did almost all the right things.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says of addiction “It is cunning, baffling and powerful.” We need to be on our guard always against things that will drag us backward.

 

  • Do you know your triggers? (The things that could lead you to relapse)

Step Nine

 

 

 

God has reconciled us to Him.

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We need to rconcile our most important relationships through Him.

We look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? you say. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

God brings us back to himself (reconciles us) by blotting out our sins Ephesians 2:13-18 “Because of Christ–dying that death, shedding that blood–you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything. The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody. Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.”

Because we have been reconciled to God, we have the privilege of encouraging others to do the same, and thus we are those who have the “task of reconciling people to him.”

Step Nine

How to Experience God’s Goodness — Bayless Conley

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Did you know that God wants you to experience the depths of His goodness? Yes, you… no matter what you might be facing. It starts with understanding one of the most important things that will ever dawn upon your heart, and that is that God loves you. This love is not some restrained, distant love…

via How to Experience God’s Goodness — Bayless Conley

How to Experience God’s Goodness — Bayless Conley

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Did you know that God wants you to experience the depths of His goodness? Yes, you… no matter what you might be facing. It starts with understanding one of the most important things that will ever dawn upon your heart, and that is that God loves you. This love is not some restrained, distant love…

via How to Experience God’s Goodness — Bayless Conley

Answer The Question

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Matthew 26:69 Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”

Why are some of us ashamed of being in recovery? Like Peter if someone asks us where we are going to when we are heading to a recovery meeting do we tell lies and deny it. Do we think people didn’t know about our addictions and compulsions? Do we believe they can’t see the difference in how we are living now?

When questioned about our recovery is we try to hide the facts it could lead to our downfall. I can’t stress enough the importance of continually checking on ourselves, including how we react to others who may not be as positive about the recovery process as we are.

  • If someone questioned you about why you attend recovery meetings would you be able to give them an honest answer?

Verse of the Day

Step 9 Question

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Ezekiel 33:14-15 When I tell the wicked he will die, and then he turns from his sins and does what is fair and right— if he gives back the borrower’s pledge, returns what he has stolen, and walks along the paths of right, not doing evil—he shall surely live. He shall not die.
1.  How do these scriptures relate to “making amends”?
2.  Which of the amends listed are to man?  Which ones are to God?
3.  What do these scriptures mean to us personally?  How do they relate
     in our lives?
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Continual Maintenance

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Matthew 5:8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

Every sin soils our soul. Purity of heart is a part of spiritual growth preparation for the things God has done, is doing and will do in and through our lives. Step Ten says Now that I am in the process of change, I will check myself daily to make sure I am not slipping back into my old ways.”

 It is important in the process of recovery we learn the value of daily character check-up. We are all human and we are all subject to temptations. It is up to us always to keep watch for things that can trip us up and where possible avoid them.

Step ten is a maintenance step. For anything to continue to work right it needs continual maintenance,

 

  • How often do you take time out to review your progress in recovery and adjust where you need to?

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God’s Truth Stands Firm – It Doesn’t Change

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2 Timothy 2:19  God’s truth stands firm like a great rock, and nothing can shake it. It is a foundation stone with these words written on it: “The Lord knows those who are really his,” and “A person who calls himself a Christian should not be doing things that are wrong.”

Thank God! He is unchanging. We need eternal securities in our lives. Things we can be sure about. our own views in life may be shattered, we may have closed our eyes to seeing ‘by faith’ 

God can restore our sight. can make the blind see so that discovery of unshaken foundations ‘His foundations’ is restored in us. So we can have a ‘firm footing’ in Him rather than living lives of confusion and uncertainty. ‘God is …..’ Those five letters leap forth from the alphabet of the Godhead. Through simple faith in our everlasting Creator, He can extinguish all that is wrong within us and make us ‘New Creations’ of His unfailing love.
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Verse of The Day

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Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.

John 6:35