Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” Matthew 19:26
Matthew 7:15 “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character.”
Ephesians 5:14-21 Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants. Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ. Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.
Are you making the most of the chances God is giving you? Are you stepping up and stepping out and living the life He is calling you to live? If not, why not?
Joshua 1:9 Haven’t I commanded you? “Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
Because everyone needs recovery: “Does our Law decide about a man’s guilt without first listening to him and finding out what he is doing?” Now is the time to forgive this man and help him back on his feet. If all you do is pour on the guilt, you could very well drown him in it. Your own words have exposed your guilt. It’s nothing I’ve said–you’ve incriminated yourself! You have done everything right, Master, but all we have to show for our lives is guilt and shame, the whole lot of us.
John 7:51 ~ 2 Corinthians 2:7 ~ Daniel 9:7
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”
Any group of people will have varied opinions on most things.However most of the time when asked a question they will give the answer that is expected of them not what they really think. Peter boldly, openly and rightly when pushed for an answer from Jesus said.“You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” In doing so he [Peter] asserted that Jesus was the real deal. Historical facts confirm it: His [Jesus] mission, His death, His resurrection.
Our opinion of Jesus can be shaped by those we mix with. Alcoholics Anonymous and other secular Twelve Step fellowships entertain the idea of belief in a God of our own understanding. For me that didn’t work and that is why in 1989 I pursued a deeper spiritual understanding on who God is, what does He stand for and how could He help me to achieve and maintain continued spiritual growth.Now I am not saying A.A. and other secular Twelve Step fellowships are wrong. What I am saying we all have a choice. For me the choice is One True Higher Power in whom I put my daily trust. Does that make me a “MISFIT BY CHOICE” in the eyes of others in secular recovery? Possibly! Does that man i am going to change what I believe to fit in and be accepted? definitely NOT!
Dismissal of Christ in the process of recovery to me is like playing
a game of chance with half a deck pf cards
REPENTANCE – regret for any past action.
Answer me, God; O answer me and reveal to this people that you are God, the true God, and that you are giving these people another chance at repentance.” 1 Kings 18:37
Repentance of sin opens the way for a relationship with God
It’s your life that must change, not your skin. And don’t think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as ‘father.’ Being a child of Abraham is neither here nor there–children of Abraham are a dime a dozen. God can make children from stones if he wants. Luke 3:8
God helped me to change my life through personal relationship with Him. For a number of years in my life I was constantly moving from place to place looking for new life and stability. It came when I took time to stay still and take responsibility for my past actions.
Unless we repent of our sins, we will die
Unless you turn to God, you too will die. Luke 13:3
Sin in my life made me want to run and hide from God. I had always believed God existed, Jesus was His Son and the way to salvation, but I never realised the consequences of living according to Archie’s plan. I blocked the feelings of guilt that existed in me with alcohol and other mind altering substances. And when I first came to recovery I avoided relationship with God because the guilt became real in my heart. Understanding that God loved me, regardless of my faults and sins helped me to remove my fear and guilt, repent for my sins and enter daily, consistent relationship with Him.
Forgive those who repent of wrongs done to you
Even if it’s personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again,’ forgive him.” Luke 17:4
Forgiving those who have hurt me is Christ-like. The Bible tells me to forgive others as God has forgiven me. Now, whilst not always easy this is always possible. If we truly experience God’s grace in our lives and show that same grace to others we are not excusing the hurt, but recognising the person as human and loving them in spite of their faults and sins.
God would like everyone to repent and believe
God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change. 2 Peter 3:9
God helps our faith to grow. Instead of worrying about ‘will I ever get this’ I had to learn to just trust God and acknowledge Jesus as my Lord and my Saviour. Repentance in our life makes the inward changes god has made in and through our lives a visible reality. Repent means ‘to turn’ implying change in behaviour. It means turning away from sin and turning towards God. A new and different way of living is what makes the reality of recovery visible to others and want to find out what we have and how do they get it?
As we continue in recovery and learn to trust God He opens doors for us creating opportunity to enhance our experience and lifestyle.
In 1991 whilst I was the Assistant Manager of Red Shield Industries in Adelaide, South Australia the Salvation Army conducted National Alcohol Awareness week. Richard Berry the Manager of Promotions at the time asked if he could interview me with a view to sharing my story of recovery during Alcohol Awareness Week. I agreed and the result was incredible.
My story featured in the War Cry, Drug Forum and a number of other national newspapers. I was interviewed by Paul Makin on Channel 10 News. As a result of this interview I was asked to feature in a Christian Television Association advert that featured on South Australian television for a number of months. This in turn opened many invitations and opportunities for public speaking engagements. It also put my story and life very much in the public arena.
During this time my spiritual growth and reliance on God developed rapidly out of necessity. Philippians 1:6 says “I am sure that God who began the good work in you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace”
Since I accepted Christ as my Saviour I have had hundreds of God given opportunities and I thank Him daily for equipping me to carry them out.