My troubles turned out all for the best— they forced me to learn from your textbook. Truth from your mouth means more to me than striking it rich in a gold mine. Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times. It is better to be confronted by the God now than to face a fiery confrontation later. Distress that drives us to God turns us around. Gets us back to His way of thinking and behaving. Jesus said “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life“
Think about when you first came to recovery/ How you felt. How you responded to the process and your own progress in those early day’s. If you are like me God’s Word and personal relationship with the Holy spirit mad all the difference in you attitude, belief and behaviour. You relaised God’s way of Living Life Recovery, though difficult at times and confronting more often than not was a better way fo living than you could have imagined for yourself. You realized by facing the things He placed before you and deealing with them with His help life got better and you were better equipped to live with it. Jesus offers us all a batter way of living than the lives we used to live. He encourages us to live by His example, in His presence so we can grow spiritually on a daily basis and be used by Him to help others to do the same.
Thank you Lord for all you have done in and through my life up to this point. As I apporach this ‘New Beginning’ this new year equip me to keep ‘Moving Forward’ open to being used by You in this mission of introducing others to You and what You8 can and will do for them.
AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF CHANGE, I WILL IDENTIFY AND RECORD EVERYONE I HAVE HARMED AND THROUGH PRAYER BECOME WILLING TO MAKE RESTITUTION TO THEM
Matthew 6:14 “Forgive people when they sin against you. If you do, your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you.
One of the problems with the process of recovery is – not everyone is in recovery, even though we all need it. We need to remember this fact when it comes to making our list. The purpose of recovery is to help us live better lives through personal change with God’s help. It is not to make others love us or accept us more and it is not for others to change because we have.
The fact is as we grow spiritually and change our habits and attitudes we may still come across people who will treat us badly. In those instances, we need to stop, say a prayer, and leave them in God’s hands.
- Are you ready to let God deal with the people you can’t deal with?
Prayer: Lord help me today to accept that recovery is about You helping me to change myself not others.
God wants a broken spirit and a broken and repentant heart
Everyone Is Welcome
Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. John 6:37
Everyone needs recovery and everyone is welcome in Living Life Recovery.
As part of my rehab it was compulsory to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. When I finished the program and left the rehab I continued to attend A.A. At the same time, I established and was running an Alcoholics Victorious Group.
One night when I attended A.A. I shared how Jesus had changed my life and was responsible for my recovery. An elder of the A.A. group came up to me afterwards and said. “This is A.A. not church you can’t talk about Jesus here.” I don’t know if this attitude still exists in A.A. I don’t attend anymore.
Are you open to welcoming everyone into recovery?
Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes–it only makes things worse. Psalms 37:8
He [God] knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. Romans 8:27
He [God] comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 2 Corinthians 1:4
##Talk #Attitude #Attend
Prayer: Lord, help me this week to find one person I have not yet shared with in recovery and talk to them.
Recovery Without God is Just Abstinence
Psalm 46:1 God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble
Prior to accepting Jesus Christ as my Higher Power, I had periods of sobriety. Periods where I abstained from drinking and using mood altering drugs. But they weren’t recovery because I never changed. My attitudes never changed, my beliefs never changed, and my behaviors never changed. Personal relationship with Jesus Christ is required if you want to achieve lasting, growing life recovery
- Are you willing to accept Jesus as your Higher Power?
- Will you accept Him now?
#Accept #Willing #Attitude
What The Bible Says
It can be bright with joy if you will do what you should! But if you refuse to obey, watch out. Sin is waiting to attack you, longing to destroy you. But you can conquer it!” Genesis 4:7
If you let Christ be Lord in these affairs, God will be glad; and so will others. Romans 14:18
Learn as you go along what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:10
Prayer: Jesus I accept You now as my Higher Power and ask You to walk with me through the rest of my life.
Loving The Unloveable
Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?” Luke 19:7
“I love and care for everyone because I know the pain of being unloved and uncared.” ― Luffina Lourduraj
Some people in our estimation are incapable of knowing who Jesus Christ really is. Our own prejudices stop us from accepting them into our closed group.
There can be times because of our closed associations we can be held a captive. Unable to change our attitude, behaviors and opinions because of our own tunnel vision.
Jesus came to save sinners! To love the unloved, accept the unacceptable and invite them into relationship with Him. In our pursuit of continue sobriety on the road to recovery it is imperative we learn to accept others (with their differences) are entitled to all the opportunities we are.
Certain groups of people in our lives may be considered “untouchable” because of their political views, their immoral behavior, or their lifestyle. We should not give in to social pressure to avoid these people. Jesus loves them, and they need to hear his Good News.
What The Bible Says
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care– then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.
Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Philippians 2:4
Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived. 1 John 2:6
#Attitude #Accept #Obsessed
There have been many times in my life in the past when I have been ‘childish’, but not ‘childlike’ When I was stubborn, foolish and destructive. Times when under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs I have knowingly done the wrong thing. I remember one occasion where I was picked up by the police in the morning, charged with ‘D.U.I.’ had my license suspended then on release piling people into my car and driving from Rockingham to Perth to go to a club. My actions and behaviour that day anything but ‘adult’ I can call many more incidents to mind when I thought like a little child. Sobriety was the first step in my growing up.
Sobriety meant keeping a childlike attitude of ‘simple but not stupid’ An attitude of trusting God and learning from Him. Trusting Him in a childlike attitude, growing with Him in a childlike manner. Discoveing childlike optimism and involvement as I mature in faith one day at a time.
Although I am an adult and behave in a mature grown-up way, I still want faith as a little child. I want to accept Jesus Christ as my One True Higher Power who loves and cares for me. As I learn to trust Him day by day I learn to trust other people and to trust myself because “I AM A CHILD OF GOD”
I pray today that I may have faith as a little child and God’s kingdom will come into my life.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
It’s been a little while since I posted a daily reflection. I have been busy, with work and with other things. But tonight as I sit alone in a motel room I read the above verse and it motivated me to write.
Addiction is factual. There is no denying it. We can get addicted to so many things. Things that appeal to our ego’s and give a false impression that we are doing alright. Things that life without them seems so unappealing and unbearable to us we can’t do without them. Things that can cause us bearable pain and acceptable discomfort. Things that if we want to live life differently and grow spiritually we need to consciously deny ourselves.
Physical adaption of self-denial is always rewarding, and morally character enhancing. we may ask ourselves “will I ever overcome _________? ” Adopting an attitude of defeat when it comes to self-denial is a way to certain failure. Challenging our innermost spirit is the way to bring about physical change and spiritual growth in our lives.
Remember “WHEN I CAN’T GOD CAN.” He can make chaos disappear. He can bring order into our lives and give us the power to resist whatever temptations may present. He can become our motivation not just for living life overcoming our addictions but to living lives that excel above anything we can ever expect to achieve in our own strength. Personal, daily relationship with Him needs to become the central factor in our recovery and spiritual progress.
The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:10 “Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad.” Step 7 in the ‘Life Recovery Twelve Steps’ says “Through acknowledging God’s supreme power, I humbly ask Him to help me change my sinful habits and attitudes.”
We are all responsible for our attitudes and actions as we walk the road to recovery in a relationship with God. In Celebrate Recovery they have a saying “If you could change on your own you would already have changed.” Recovery is a process that requires not only God support but also the support of ‘Accountability Partners’ and ‘Sponsors’ A sponsor is someone more spiritually mature than you are and an accountability partner is someone who will keep you on track and challenge you to live the life God has called you to live in order for you to become all He [God] intends you to be.