Month: June 2019
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT
SHARING OUR EXPERIENCE. STRENGTH AND HOPE
WE ARE GOD’S MESSENGERS
You are my witnesses and my servants, chosen to know and to believe me and to understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never was and never will be. I am the Lord, and there is no other Savior.
AS GOD’S MESSENGERS WE SHOULD BE BOLD
If anyone publicly denies me, I will openly deny him before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:33
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL HELP US BE BOLD
The Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect. Acts 1:8
God has showered down upon us the richness of His grace—for how well He understands us and knows what is best for us at all times. In him lie hidden all the mighty, untapped treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Ephesians 1:8 ~ Colossians 2:3
All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God’s very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, “Father, Father.” Romans 8:14-15
I have a strong belief that most people fail in the process of recovery because they don’t plan not to. Many of us think simply going through the motions of the Twelve Steps is going to keep us sober, It won’t! In Living Life Recovery, we have a slogan that says ‘Recovery is about learning to live life. Living life is more than just recovery.’
- Outside of the Twelve Steps and meetings, what else are you doing about changing your life?
Psalms 32:11 Good people, rejoice and be very happy in the LORD. All you who want to do right, rejoice!
I’ve come to change everything, turn everything right-side up. “It’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you. Here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Luke 12:50 ~ Acts 3:19 ~ Romans 12:1-2
STEP SIX After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them,
I am now willing to let God change me.
Proverbs 13:18 Those who turn away from their training become poor and ashamed. But those who accept warnings are honored
I heard a saying in a recovery meeting years ago that has stuck with me. It is: “If recovery doesn’t stop your using it will surely mess it up .”
You cannot get to step six of a twelve-step recovery program and go back to how you used to be.
Today at the half I want to encourage you to – KEEP MOVING FORWARD. You only fail if you stop trying.
Take time to review:
- What were you used to be like?
- What happened to you in the last six months?
- How have you changed?
Prayer: Thank You God for the last six months and the changes You have made. Help me to keep going.
I love recovery meetings! I love sharing at recovery meetings and I love listening to others share what God is doing in their lives at recovery meetings.
The other night at a recovery meeting somebody commented on what I said which I didn’t pay too much attention to at the time. But on the way home in the car whilst reflecting on the meeting I felt a bit offended and a bit hurt in the feelings department.
In my quiet time at home alone in discussion with the Holy Spirit the title of this blog post popped into my head. So I decided to look at what the Bible says about feelings and I decided to share some of it here.
Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out.” When it comes to hurting the feelings of others we really need to learn to stop and analyze what we are going to say before we open our mouth.
1 John 3:20 says If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. When it comes to our opinion of ourselves we need to consider What we used to be like? ~ What happened? and What are we like now? God created us in His image and even though we got it wrong He brought us to recovery and He has better things in store for all of us.
1 Corinthians 3:16 You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you?
2 Timothy 1:7 The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
The Bible is full of God’s encouraging message that He loves us, cares for us and is ready willing and able to help us do what we need to do to become the people He desires us to be.
The second part of the tile says YOU WILL NOT DAMAGE MY FAITH! So I also spent some time looking at what the Bible says about faith. Here are just a few verses I found.
Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Romans 10:17 Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Ephesians 2:8 God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Philippians 4:13 I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.
2 Corinthians 5:7 We live by believing and not by seeing.
I don’t know about you? But after I read these verses and talked to God about them I felt less offended and hurt than when I reflected on the comments of someone else.
GOD IS GOOD!
IN ORDER TO CHANGE I WILL INVESTIGATE WITH GODS HELP MY SINFUL HABITS, ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOURS.
In the process of continued Spiritual growth we must continually review where we currently stand in the process. After praying, reading and listening to the Holy Spirit on Step Four this week five things became evident to me.
Our in inventories need to be
- WRITTEN DOWN back in the 1990’s I learned a lesson from The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitations Centre’s in the USA. It was“People take in more and understand more when they write it down” As a rule people going through the ARC’s were encouraged to take notes in every meeting. And to help them do that the ARC’s produced a handout for every meeting with spaces for note taking. It is the same with ‘Step Four’ Not only does writing our inventory down make us take in more but it also helps us in the process of getting to know ourselves.
- SPECIFIC when we are sick and go to the doctor they don’t treat us without examining us. Our inventories need to describe in detail our issues so we can decide on the right treatment plan the right course to changing our sinful habits, attitudes and behaviours.
- FOCUS ON OUR WRONG HABITS, ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOURS in the recovery process of healing we need to focus on (what separates us from God) (what drives my addictive, compulsive habits, attitudes and behaviours) (what personality traits exist in me that God would not approve of)
- BALANCED in establishing balance in our lives we need to consider in step Four ‘what defects exist in me that have led to my wrong perspectives in life? We need to focus on our character strengths and ways we can grow and develop them.
- INDIVIDUAL God in His wisdom created us all in His image as individuals. Regardless of what we may have heard about recovery the only right way to get it I am aware of is through personal relationship with Jesus, through the Holy Spirit and walking the road He has paved for us all.
It is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation. Romans 10:10
CHANGE BEGINS IN THE RECOVERY PROCESS WHEN WE KNOW WHO WE ARE AND CHOOSE TO CHANGE WITH GODS HELP AND SUPPORT