Day: 8 January 2022

2022 – Spiritual Foundations – Week Two

GOOD FOUNDATIONS

What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God’s field in which we are working. Or, to put it another way, you are God’s house.1 Corinthians 3:9

Jesus is a firm foundation of recovery. He can overcome any problem or trouble we may encounter and through learning and adapting the Bible to our daily living He is a foundation on which we can build better lives.  

Spiritual growth begins through establishing a personal relationship with Jesus, but it doesn’t end there. Spiritual growth is about seeking to know God’s will for our lives. Learning to apply it through Jesus’s example and moving forward daily through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Galatians 5:22 What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments.

  • What are your life’s foundations?

Prayer: Lord just for today help me to establish good foundations through the process of recovery and continually build. 

  • GOD WANTS US TO OPEN UP TO HIM

Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done. Psalms 37:5 

1 Corinthians 2:11-12  Whoever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us.

1 Corinthians 2:14 The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.

  • .A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING

God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included—but for judgment. Proverbs 16:4

Ephesians 2:10 We neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

Psalms 138:7-8 When I walk into the thick of trouble, keep me alive in the angry turmoil. Finish what you started in me, God. Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now.

  • COMMITMENT TO GOD

When a man makes a vow to God or binds himself by an oath to do something, he must not break his word; he must do exactly what he has said. Numbers 30:2 

Hebrews 11:6 It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

James 4:8 Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field.

Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write
 you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting
—begging!—that you fight with everything
you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish
. Jude 1:3 

2022 | Day Eight | Discussion Starter


1 Corinthians 10:13 You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it.

It is common when we fail in recovery to blame our circumstances or other people.

The bottom line is “I am responsible for my actions.” No one else can make me relapse unless I choose to. We don’t want to hear that but it’s the truth.

Recovery is not easy. Many times it would have been easier for me to turn back to where I felt comfortable than it was to continue in recovery. I choose not to, because ‘my worst day in recovery is far better than my best day when I was using’

  • What was your best memory of using?

  • How does that compare to your life now?

Prayer: Please God help me always to remember where I came from.

Self Control

To develop self-control we must first know God’s life guidelines
An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. 2 Timothy 2:5

We need to guard our speech
Post a guard at my mouth, God set a watch at the door of my lips.
Psalms 141:3

God wants us to be disciplined in our habits
Don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, 2 Peter 1:5

The Bible says God’s power is greatest in our weakness My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

2022 | Day Eight | Verse for Today


Proverbs 13:12  Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.

John Wesley said. “delays in obtaining what a man passionately desires is satisfactory, and reviving.”

Sometimes God makes us wait because we are not ready yet to handle some of the things we desire. For 30+ years I have been in recovery. Since 2005 I have been Living Life Recovery. When God first gave me this mission and ministry I believe He gave me a picture of what it can and will be. Once I have done all He thinks I am ready to handle it. Does that mean I stop doing what I believe He wants me to do? A wiser, Godlier man than me once said to me “Maybe it is not meant to happen until you retire from work and have the time to put into it!”

I am convinced that one day God will make the picture He revealed to me in 2005 my reality. Till that day I will “Keep Moving Forward.” without looking for an easier softer way.

2022 | Day Eight | Morning Harmony


Hurry with your answer, God! I’m nearly at the end of my rope. Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me! That would be certain death. God, my God; I want to look life in the eye. Surprise me with love at daybreak; then I’ll skip and dance all day long.  You forgive our sins—every one. You heal our diseases—every one. You redeem us from hell—save our lives! You crown you us with love and mercy. You wrap us in goodness. You renew our lives —our lives are always good in his presence.

Waiting on God’s timing isn’t always easy! Feelings of loneliness and abandonment can creep into our lives. The Bible tells us the Devil is waiting to pounce in times of doubt and uncertainty. We can allow our feelings to run riot and make us make bad decisions. Even at times when our intentions are good we can still get it wrong, misreading God’s will and moving ahead without Him.

God is still on the throne! There are wilderness times in my life where I felt it better to do something than to do nothing and get it wrong. Times when after making the wrong decisions, taking the wrong actions God has intervened and surprised me because His ways are better than my ways. Times where He has set me on an unexpected path because He knows what is best for me, Take time today to Wait on God!

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