ACTION IS THE MAGIC WORD

James 1:22-25 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. 

During the time I spent in Alcoholics Anonymous I learned how to talk right in the fellowship. How to say the right things, attend the right meetings and mix with the right people to be seen to be doing well. I wasn’t but anyone you asked about me would tell you “Archie, yeah he’s doing well.” 

Recovery has nothing to do with what we say and everything to do with how we act and react.   Whilst in A.A. I read an exceptionally good book called ‘Sobriety and Beyond’ by Father John Doe. Chapter Three was headed ‘Action is the Magic Word’

I believe that book is what set me on the path of looking for God’s inclusion in my recovery.  My own experience of recovery is that without His power there is no recovery


RECOVERY IS NOT ABOUT WHAT WE HEAR

James 1:22 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!

James 2:14 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it?

James 2:12 Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free


WE FORGET WHAT WE DON’T ACT ON

James 1:23-24 Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

We forget 56% of what we hear in an hour, 66% in 24 hours and 75% after 6 days.

John 5:24 “Anyone who listens to my message and believes in God who sent me has eternal life and will never be damned for his sins.”  

2 John 1:7-8There are a lot of smooth-talking charlatans loose human, a flesh-and-blood human being. Give them their true title: Deceiver! Antichrist! And be very careful around them so you don’t lose out on what we’ve worked so diligently in together; I want you to get every reward you have coming to you


WHAT WE ACT ON CHANGES OUR CHARACTER

James 1:25  Whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

Romans 12:2  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  

Romans 5:3-5 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

SUCCESS IN RECOVERY IS ABOUT OUR: Attitude, behaviour and commitment