Day: 9 October 2021

Stay the Course

What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail. James 5:11

We need to learn patience as we take small steps forward. Staying on the course and allowing God to bring together all we learn and apply in the recovery process. None of us arrived in recovery overnight, none of us will complete the process overnight. God cares about the detail and He wants us to take time in getting it right so we don’t slip backwards.

Stay the course and experience the gift ..

The Best Version of Me

Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. Philippians 3:17-21

All of us in the process of recovery and right living need people we look up to. This scripture tells us to “keep track of those running this same course, headed for the same goal” For me this has meant in my life being in relationship with two groups of people. Those on the recovery road, looking to change their lives for the better. Learning and applying the steps and processes required to live new lives of sobriety, new lives of changed attitudes, actions and behaviours. And, followers of Jesus Christ seeking to know and to do God’s will in their daily lives. People who not only read and study God’s Word but also apply what it says. People who are in daily relationship with the Holy Spirit and are seeking to make God’s promises their new way of living.

I write this today because I don’t believe it is one or the other. I believe we need both. There is no thing as secular recovery groups or Bible based recovery groups. They are all Spiritual and both have something to teach us and to offer us as we walk this road together with the same goal – to be the best version of ourselves we can possibly be and encourage others to be the same.

One day Christ will come to make us beautiful and whole for many of us I believe He will ask the question wHY?” “Why didn’t you attend AA, NA or other Twelve Step Groups? or “Why didn’t you attend Bible based recovery groups?”

It says in the scripture above “easy street is dead-end street” Shouldn’t we be using all the tools that He has given us to be the best version of ourselves we can be?

Step Ten – Week Two

Set a good example

Consider yourselves to be dead as far as sin is concerned. Now that you believe in Christ Jesus, consider yourselves to be alive as far as God is concerned.

Recovery changes us and we need to live lives that demonstrate we believe that. We should not be ashamed to show others the changes God has made in us. We should not be embarrassed about making different choices of acting different than we used to.

If we are in recovery and act like we have always acted why would anyone want what we have?

Through the process of recovery, we are reborn into a new way of living. A way that is available to anyone who wants to pursue it and we have a responsibility to introduce them to it.

1 Peter 1:15 The one who chose you is holy. So you should be holy in all that you do.

– To be holy is to be set apart. To live differently. To live by example.

1 Peter 2:21 Christ suffered for you. He left you an example. He expects you to follow in his steps. You too were chosen to suffer.

– God transforms our suffering into success.

Romans 16:19 Everyone has heard that you obey God. So you have filled me with joy. I want you to be wise about what is good. And I want you to have nothing to do with what is evil.

– As we grow spiritually through recovery other people notice. We should be happy about that. Through our change in attitudes, actions and behaviours other people should be seeing us change and looking to follow our examples.

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