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2022 | Day Eleven | Discussion Starter


“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 18:18-20

There is safety in numbers.

Growing up I was not a very sociable person. Not because I didn’t want to be but because I really never learned growing up how to belong. My parents tried encouraging me to join clubs and events to get me to mix with others but I never really fitted in.

Recovery rescued me. I attended meetings and groups where there were people just like me. People who understood my struggles. Who were patient enough to give me time to discover who I was. Who encouraged me to discover my gifts and abilities and put them to good use.

  • What are your gifts and abilities?

  • How are you using them to help others?

Prayer: Just for today God show me the real me and use me for Your Glory.

YOU ARE NOT ON ALONE
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:19-20

YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORK IT OUT ON YOUR OWN
Be very careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left. Deuteronomy 5:32

APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN
If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. John 15:22

2022 | Day Two | Morning Harmony

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance. Why didn’t I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously? In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. If you stop your ears to the cries of the poor, your cries will go unheard, unanswered. God says I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know. Are you listening?

MEDITATION

Paying attention to what the Bible says is important. It is our guidebook to right-living. In my life, through my spiritual walk, God has given me strong men of faith as my mentors. Sometimes I didn’t listen to them. Or, I listened and did what I intended to do anyway. It still amazes me when things occur in my life and I remember things they said, the advice they suggested that I failed to take notice of or act on at the time. God knows what he is doing! When He puts people in our lives to guide us and mentor us they are the right people – God-appointed people.

As you go through the process of recovery and God introduces you to people further down the spiritual path than you are, don’t ignore them. Listen, learn and apply what you learn from them. It will save you a lot of time and heartache.

Teach me today Lord to identify the people you bring into my life as advisers and counselors. Make me listen to them and apply the lessons You have given them for me.

LLR Thought for the Day

God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth.

Meditation for the Day

God’s power can deliver us from our addictive and compulsive behaviours and attitudes, but only if we are prepared to be rigorously honest with Him. To avoid His displeasure we need to apply what we learn from the Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Twelve Steps.

Prayer for the Day

Lord, help me today to help You to help me avoid Your displeasure by being honest with You and applying what You teach me through Your Word, Your Spirit and the Twelve Steps.

Thought For Today

Read

Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right, for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception. My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge. Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. Proverbs 8:6-10

Think

Understanding what God is saying to us is important because what He is saying to you isn’t necessarily what He is saying to me. God is a personal God, He knows us all individually. He has a plan for us all individually. For some of us that may be something that has never been seen or done before. He created us in His image, yet He created us all individually.

He speaks plainly to us all (if we are willing to listen) and what He has to say to us individually is more valuable than anything we can ever come up with in our own strength or from a group. But, He may use someone in a group to give us the message He wants us to hear.

Having a Sponsor and/or a mentor in recovery is an important part of the process. They make us look at life from a different perspective and give us insights into the life we have not yet discovered or tried to apply to our daily living.

Pray

Pray today that God will show you the individual or individuals in your life He has chosen to help you on the road to recovery and changed life. And, ask Him to give you the courage and strength you need to approach them and ask them to walk with you, support and guide you as you walk the path God has prepared for you.

Live

Just for today open your mind to the opportunities God has prepared for you and to the inclusion of the people He has chaosen to walk with you.

Change your old habits

Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Colossians 3:9

Recovery calls for living under The Twelve Steps, which align with the Word of God. In the past, we knew no better. Our desire to live the wrong way controlled our lives. We wanted what we wanted when we wanted it and would go to any lengths to get it. We developed habits that suited our lifestyle and helped us to consume our drug of choice on our terms.

Through the process of recovery, we have recognized our defects and the flaws in our character that we need to face and overcome if we want to change our lives. Now that we have decided to tell the truth, we need to start and look at ways of changing what we do to line up with our alternative way of living and thinking. We need to learn God’s way s and apply them to our daily living in every area of our lives.

We came to recovery with selfish ambition. I used to tell people ‘the one thing I am selfish about in my life is recovery.” Today I know that is not true. Proverbs 18:1  in the message says, “Loners who care only for themselves spit on the common good.” For much of my life, even in recovery, my interest has been in the WIFM (what’s in it for me?) The Life Recovery Bible says A sure sign of progress in recovery is when we begin to care about those around us who are still in bondage to their addiction. As Christ suffered and died so we might have life, we must sacrifice for others as well. It takes maturity to lay aside our own interests and agenda in order to share the message of hope and recovery with others. But such sacrifices are part of recovery. Staying self-absorbed can set us up for pride and relapse; carrying the message of recovery to others will always strengthen us.

People all the time say to me “I don’t know what God wants from me.” The answer is He wants you to love Him and love others. He wants you to listen to Him and to act according to His Word in every area of your life.

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The Steps of good man are ordered by the Lord.
  • What bad habits have you changed so far in recovery?
  • What still needs changed?

Prayer: Lord today if there are any old habits between us remove them.

Thought For Today

Take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:11-18

God has a plan for each of us, and for us as a group. He knows the plan, directs the plan through our life occurrences. And, He is with us every step of His plan. We need to learn a we grow in faith to apply what we have learned of His plan and through the recovery process to every area of our lives. God is a God if involvement, and He wants to be involved in every area of our lives (not just the parts we give Him access to because we feel we need His help in them) He will help us get through whatever life throws at us if we are willing to put our faith in Him and trust Him.

God wants us to be prepared for whatever life is going to throw at us and He wants us to seek help and guidance from others, more mature in faith than we are We need to learn how to apply His truth, His peace and His Salvation to daily living and we need to pray, often, hard and long for His guidance and involvement.

Step 12 says ‘Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.’ We are called by God, through the process of recovery to encourage others as we walk the ‘Road to Recovery’ together. And, to make sure we do what it is in our power to do to make sure that no one is left behind.

Listen and Obey


Listen and Obey

Be sure that you don’t say no to the One who speaks. People did not escape when they said no to the One who warned them on earth. And what if we turn away from the One who warns us from heaven? How much less will we escape! Hebrews 12:25

A belief I have held since entering Bible-based recovery in 1989 is “Most people fail in recovery because they don’t plan not to.”  Many people with good intentions and the right motivations enter rehabs and do well. Then at the end of their time, they leave rehabs and go back to ‘the real world’ without a plan of how they are going to manage their addictions and compulsions going forward. Sure they plan to attend meetings but what else? The ‘Big Book’ of ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ says ‘We deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling and powerful.’ And, the reality is unless we have a plan of how we are going to live differently, act differently and think differently we are setting ourselves up for failure.

As we begin to experience success in recovery it is easy for us to convince ourselves we no longer need to apply what we have learned through the process. It is easy for us to convince ourselves we have our addictions and compulsions beaten.

When we start thinking that way we are on the ‘Road to Relapse’ Living Life Recovery requires careful planning of living and applying all we have learned to our daily living so we can continue living and growing spiritually with God’s help.

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#2242 When we practice the principles of the Twelve Steps others are watching.


thought_for_today In the Bible in John chapter 6, after feeding the five thousand we read of crowds of people going out in boats looking for Jesus. When they found Him He said John 6:26  “The truth of the matter is that you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you believe in me.” Recovery can be like that for us too. We can get involbed in it for the wrong reasons, with the wrong motives, seeking the wrong outcomes.

The goal of the Twelves Steps is to grow spiritually as we learn and apply them to our lives and share them with others.  There is a devotional Iread this morning in The Life Recovery Bible titled Walking the Talk that says.

When we realize everything we have gained by following the Twelve Steps, it will be natural to want to share this life-giving message with others. If we think back to the time before we entered recovery, we will probably recall that we didn’t respond very well to “preaching.” Yet we also realize that there are people in our life who could be helped by our message. That is why we need to communicate our story, but do it with sensitivity.

The apostle Paul taught Timothy that to get the gospel message across, he was not only to teach others but also be an example by putting his beliefs into practice. Paul said: “Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:15-16) When we practice the principles of the Twelve Steps, others will be watching and notice the changes. This will open the doors for us to share our story

Every addict is a precious lost soul whom God loves and wants to rescue. “If someone among you wanders away from the truth . . . whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins” (James 5:19-20)

#2173 Recovery is a Choice


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As we wind down the “Christmas Festivities’ for 2018 and begin preparing for the ‘New Year’ I am reminded today ‘Recovery is a choice’ Jesus came into the world with one purpose “to save sinners’ but is’not automatic. It requires character building work and it requires ‘Making a Choice’ Jesus didn’t come to force us to live God’s Way. He didn’t come to guarantee us afree ride to heaven.

The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9 We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. Many of us over the life of our addictions and compusions have made choices in the past to change our lives. Made plans to live differently and failed. We need to understand by ourselves we can change nothng. We need to get into close, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. We need to learn to listen to Him, learn from Him and apply what we learn on a daily basis to our lives, in every area of our lives if we want to truly ‘change’ 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “We look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!” Recovery requires us to take a long hard look inside ourselves and make a choice to remove the the things that are causing us to live the way we are living.

1 Corinthians 1:27-28  says “Its obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”  That’s ‘Good News’ for all of us because it means God can and will use each of us in the process of recovery.

Psalm 16:5 says “My choice is you, God, first and only.” As I prepare for 2019 that’s my choice. What’s yours?

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