Tag: Addiction

2022 – Day Four – Discussion Starter

1 Corinthians 6:9 Don’t you know that an evil person will not receive God’s kingdom? Don’t be fooled.

In my early years of addiction, I looked up to and followed all the wrong people. My heroes were those that could drink the most, those that won the most fights, those that didn’t care.

In recovery that changed! I realized being a hero has nothing to do with how macho you are and everything to do with what you believe and how committed you are to your beliefs.

Recovery is about facing the truth about what you believe and changing your beliefs if you need to.

  • How has what I believed in the past got me in trouble?

  • Which of my beliefs do I need to change?

  • Am I ready and willing to change?

Prayer: God help me today to learn and follow what You believe about me

2021 | Day 365 | Morning Harmony

Jesus said “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.”  That means killing off everything connected with that way of death: doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. If God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of Him. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, He’ll do the same thing in you that He did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and He does, as surely as He did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s! 

MEDITATION

We can’t profess faith in God and keep living the same life we have always led. Jesus said: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” God has a purpose, and there is a purpose to Living Life Recovery. NEWS FLASH – they are the same ‘to introduce the promises of God through the process of recovery and encourage people to examine and implement them at their own pace.’ For too long I have watched people tell others “this is the right and only way to get sober’ Through Living Life Recovery we are not interested in getting sober. We are interested in changed lives and people obeying God’s will for their lives. In 2022 I have developed 7 x 6 weekly series of how I have walked the road to recovery with Christ’s help. Each week will begin with a video presentation, each day a podcast, and a text message based on the ‘Morning Harmony’ and “Discussion Starter’ daily readings of Living Life Recovery.

If you a loved one or a friend are suffering from the negative effects of addiction and compulsion in your lives I encourage you to join me @ArchieBoyle or on my website, Facebook group or page,

PRAYER

Lord, thank You for the year that was 2021. I ask that You will use me and use Living Life Recovery in the coming year to reach the lost, save the unreachable and change the lives of people for Your Glory,

Living Life Recovery Is a process

I know it is old but ‘Living Life Recovery’ is still a process. In 2021 it is my intention to begin again using this podcast account. God said to Moses, “What’s that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2 So in 2021 it is my intention to use the tools I already have available to me to share my experience, strength, and hope with others of RECOVERY – REPENTANCE – REBIRTH in order for God to use what I have learned and practices since 1987 with those still suffering the negative effects of their addictions and compulsions and/or the addictions and compulsions of a loved one or a friend.

Plan Not To Fail


Mark 14:38 Keep watch and pray so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

 When I first came to recovery in 1987 I wanted to get sobriety. I learned the steps, attended meetings, listened and applied what people said but I still failed.

The reason I believe is that I didn’t plan not to. I went through the recovery process per the rules and it didn’t work because I failed to keep watch over the areas in my life where I was vulnerable to temptation and I failed to pray. I did almost all the right things.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says of addiction “It is cunning, baffling and powerful.” We need to be on our guard always against things that will drag us backward.

  • Do you know your triggers? (The things that could lead you to relapse)

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How Much Has Recovery Cost You?


I wrote this after a meeting at Belgrave South Baptist Church a while ago.

You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for Himself. The Lord will answer when I call to Him. Psalms 4:3

 Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church was Testimony meeting in which three people were asked to share what being a Christian has meant giving up for them. I always love it when people share their experience, strength and hope with others in Church.

At home tonight in discussion with the Holy Spirit I considered that question (a bit differently worded, but the same question) The question for me “What have you had to give up for recovery?” You see people look at my life now and only see the life I lead now. And, I am so blessed now because in 1989 I made a conscious decision to let God lead.

I would love to be able to say to people it’s been an easy road but it hasn’t. To gain recovery I had to completely change my life. I had to move State, leave my family and my loved ones and everything I knew. To step out in faith and trust God completely.

The thing I miss most is a continual connection with my Mum and my siblings. Growing up we were an extremely close family and for years now I have only seen them a handful of times. I miss the closeness of daily engagement with my closest friend, my younger brother Eddie. Who I was talking to on Facebook the other night and said to me “We shouldn’t be here Archie” We went through so much together, so much that I am not sure the rest of my family understand. One or both of us due to the choices we made and the lifestyle we led shouldn’t be alive today to talk about it. I’m sure people don’t believe me when I share the stories with them. Yet it’s all true! I was there and I don’t believe a lot of it.

Following a relapse, whilst attending Alcoholics Anonymous in Rockingham in Western Australia God challenged me and said, “If you want to get serious about recovery you need to leave Western Australia.” Something I had done numerous times in my past to try and escape my addictions and compulsions. Something I knew was different that time because I knew God was driving it.

It was a hard decision and an even harder road to stay on. It wasn’t all ‘Moving Forward’ from there. The relapse lasted longer than it should have because I had a really hard time letting go of my past and traveling the ‘recovery road’ alone.

In a Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centre in Mount Barker in South Australia. All alone, with no-one, I met Jesus Christ face to face, made a conscious decision to follow Him and faced up to the truth about my past and my character and the changes I had to make to live differently.

The thing I still miss most about that decision so long ago is the continual, close, connection to my Mum and my siblings who I love so much but know I cannot live in the same State as because it is not in God’s plan for my life at this time in my life.

I have gained so much from that decision but believe me when I say “it has cost me dearly to be a servant of my Servant Lord.”

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The road to recovery is a long one for me it started in 1987 and continues today. Over the next few weeks on this website I want to share a number of messages from recovery groups I have shared over the years as I believe they are important steps in my spiritual walk and may be of benefit to others walking this road.

 

Be honest with people


All your communication with people still caught up in their addictions should emphasize your desire to do something for them. Not for them to do something for you.

Communication

Bad Choices Lead to Separation from Jesus


Ephesians 5.11

An expert in the field of addiction said ‘People are not addicted to drugs; they are addicted to escapism.” This suggests that drug abuse is an undisciplined trip away from reality, not to something good but to something different. Escapism, is a spiritual problem. A lady chasing a mouse around her kitchen noticed one thing about the mouse – it had one goal ‘to find a hole and to disappear into it.’

MEDITATION
In Acts, Chapter 13 v10 “You are full of dirty tricks and schemes, you son of the devil! You hate everything that has God’s approval. Quit trying to distort the truth about the way the Lord wants people to live.” Directed at a man of nasty character, but no worse than most of his neighbours, associates and friends. No worse than many of us (sinners) for whom Jesus came to reconcile to God

“How will we escape punishment if we reject the important message, the message that God saved us?” Hebrews 3:3 An invitation for us to rethink our lives and allow God, as it says in Step 2 “to restore us to sanity.” and embrace His gift of Salvation.

PRAYER
Help me Lord to believe that You can restore me to sanity so I can embrace your gift of salvation.

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