Discussion Starter #183, 2020

Desperation can lead to sincere faith in recovery. Jesus took a trip to Tyre and Sidon. They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.” Jesus ignored her. The disciples came and complained, “Now she’s bothering us. Would you please take care of her? She’s driving us crazy.” Jesus refused, telling them, “I’ve got my hands full dealing with the lost sheep of Israel.” Then the woman came back to Jesus, went to her knees, and begged. “Master, help me.” He said, “It’s not right to take bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to dogs.” She was quick: “You’re right, Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master’s table.” Jesus gave in. “Oh, woman, your faith is something else. What you want is what you get!” Right then her daughter became well. Matthew 15:21-28


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, put our faith in God’s will for our lives.

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. I knew that if I followed His leading things would work out for my benefit.

It took courage for the woman in this story to talk to Jesus. Because of her courage and her faith He healed her daughter and He wants to heal you.

It takes humility to acknowledge God’s supreme power. Accept that He can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. It takes humility to accept that only He can help us overcome our addictions and compulsions. And, it takes humility to let Him lead us where we dare not go alone.

Writing a plan for my life whilst in rehab was just that ‘a plan’ It never became my reality until I became willing to do what He told me to do and go where He told me to go in faith, trusting Him as I went.

PRAYER: God help to plan for the future and start preparing for it.

Are you willing to put your faith in God and humbly trust Him
no matter what comes?

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