My strength comes from God, who made heaven, earth, and mountains. Psalms 121:2
Hi, my name is Archie and I am a recovered alcoholic. Recovered through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit moving in and through my life on a daily basis.
Bible-based recovery is not for everyone. God in His wisdom communicates His message to us in many different ways.
For me, it began with rehab. Not Bible-based, A.A.-based recovery. where I learned to the best of my ability the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Attended the meeting and got a sponsor, because that was what I was advised to do. The Twelve Steps taught me what I needed to know and applying them as best I could to my daily living gave me a taste of sobriety. But it wasn’t sobriety. It was abstinence from using drugs and alcohol in my life but I still had all the life issues that led me to have to depend on mind-altering substances to feel normal. Learning and trying to apply the twelve steps, listening and applying what my sponsor told me I needed to do if I wanted to stay sober, attending regular A.A. meetings where I got involved led to relapse. Not sure why and to be honest today I don’t really care. Because after I relapsed God prompted me to try something different. I apologize to anyone offended by this but all I am trying to do is share my experience. I think A.A. is a God-inspired program and I believe today all of us need A.A. to teach us the steps in the process of recovery. I am thankful today that through circumstances that occurred in my life I found A.A. and it led me to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ because I knew A.A. wasn’t enough for me.
. My second attempt and recovery was a farm rehab run by The Salvation Army. In the first group meeting, I attended they were discussing Step Eleven “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God. Praying only for knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry it out.”
That meeting was an AHA! moment in my life. My life changed! on that day in 1989. I realized my failure to include God in the process of my recovery and made a conscious decision to do whatever He told me to do to achieve and maintain recovery at all costs.
Over the last few days, I have been thinking about my process of recovery. Recovery for me is a process of spiritual progress, and a few years ago I decided to map out the process that led to my spiritual awakening. I believe a three-fold process which today I would like to share here.
- The process began with learning and applying to the best of my ability the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Through this process I completed denis Waitley’s Psychology of Winning course which taught me the discipline of having goals and always striving to be better today than I was yesterday. God setting and achievement since that day has become an important process in my life. When I finally achieved recovery via the Savation Army Bridge Programme I set afive year life goal plan that I achieved with God’s help in three. This phas I called the RECOVERY phase.
- The second phase in my process I called the REPENTANCE phase. Which included putting God first in my life. Seeking His will and His power to carry it out and taking seriously fixing the mistakes of my past and adapting a Bible-based approach to recovery.
- The third phase which I called RELIVING included reshaping my life according to God’s purpose for my life and implmenting a belief, behavior and balanced system that glorified Him and led me to take steps in my life I believed to be His prompting. Verified by the success I achieved in areas where I had little or no experience and learned to relly on Him.
Luke 4:16-19 says “Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written, God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”
My goal in life, which I also believe is my God-given purpose is to “lead others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through sharing the Twelve Steps of recovery with them’.” To that end, I have been blogging on recovery issues since 2008 and I look forward to doing so as long as I am able.