Keep us alive with three square meals.Matthew 6:11
There is not enough money in this world to satisfy our addictions. Alcohol, drugs and wrong living emptied my pockets. No matter how much I earned, and I had some high paying jobs during my using years.
My family and friends were disappointed in me. I was well known in the pubs I drank at where people were always glad to see me. But not at home. Over the years of using I spent periods of my time living with different members of my immediate family, always with the same result. Disappointmenta feeling of unhappiness because something is not as good as you expected or has not happened in the way you hoped.
Entering Bible-based recovery in 1989 I discovered God answering my prayers and my daily bread provided for in wonderful ways. He provided for me in ways I just didn’t understand and can’t explain. What I can explain is I was changed. I no longer had to struggle to move forward in life. He kept opening new doors for me and I kept walking through them to better things in my life.
GOD’S GOT THIS Philippians 4:19You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.
JUST RELAX Matthew 6:31-33What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME Matthew 6:34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Psalm 1:1-2 How well God must like you– you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead, you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night.
When we first discovered alcohol and drugs we found a ‘friend’ to help us face up to life’s problems. It wasn’t long before that ‘friend’ became our biggest problem. To begin with, alcohol and drugs made our lives bearable, full and satisfying. Then we learned all we were left with was heartache and headaches.
It can be a shock to the system when we first discover an unfriendly foe we have supported, liked and treated generously. It can be a slap in the face, a hit where it hurts, a kick in the teeth. But, it is important to be woken to the truth. To reach a ‘turning point’ and discover that through recovery life’s problems can be faced without the use of alcohol and drugs. Relationship with Jesus Christ is our Way to discover and enjoying freedom.
I will delight in the Lord! Enjoy the freedom which is only found when I love in harmony with Him as my One True Higher Power. We are all God’s children!#Turn#Reach#Discover
His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: Change your life. God’s kingdom is here. You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Bad work gets paid with a bad check; good work gets solid pay. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of competing or fighting. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. #Develop#Discover#Change#Work
STEP NINE WE MADE DIRECT AMENDS TO SUCH PEOPLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE,
EXCEPT WHEN TO DO SO WOULD INJURE THEM OR OTHERS,
Romans 12:17-18 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody.
I read this verse and immediately into my head jumps the phrase “Don’t get hurt, get even. ”Seek revenge at all cost. That’s how I used to think. If you hurt me I would hurt you back, but worse. If you took something from me I would take away something from you, but more precious. It wasn’t a healthy way to live and it meant through recovery I had a lot of work to do on me.
The second part of verse 17 says “discover beauty in everyone.” In other words, seek the good in everyone. Look for ways to repair relationships to damage them further.
I have heard a lot of people over the years say to me “I talked to God about it, that’s enough.”It’s not! Damaged relationships need to be repaired if we want to move forward in recovery and they need to be repaired through talking to the person concerned, listening to them, accepting that whilst their opinion may be different to mine they are entitled to have it.
“When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:13-14
Recovery requires a commitment to seeking God and His purpose for our lives.
When I was in rehab in 1989 I had a counsellor who challenged me. What he said was “see that bus out there in the driveway every time it leaves this property make sure you are on it. If it goes to A.A. you go to A.A. If it goes to church you go to church. If it goes shopping or on an outing, you go shopping or on the outing.” I never understood at the time but what he was saying was “if you don’t get involved your time here is going to drag.” So every time the bus went out I was on it. The result of that was I learned to interact with people I wouldn’t normally interact with. I learned new things about myself and about life.
Discovering God’s purpose involves doing things outside of our comfort zone to experience things we have never experience.
– When was the last time you did something you were uncomfortable with doing to improve your character?
Psalms 119:162 I’m filled with joy because of your promise. It’s like finding a great fortune.
I remember it like it was yesterday. My AHA! Moment. In that first meeting. When I discovered the importance of God and relationship with Him in the process of recovery
I believe that was the day of my Salvation, not the day I became a Christian but the day I discovered I needed God. After that first meeting, I don’t think it mattered when I left the rehab I would still be here writing this now. Because that day Jesus became my One True Higher Power.
– Have you had an AHA! moment?
– What was it?
– What did you do about it?
Prayer: Lord, today help me realize I need You. Not only believing but receiving and sharing in a relationship with you.
Attended a really good service today at Narre Warren Baptist Church this morning conducted by Pastor Peter Botross on part two of the above-mentioned series. As I listened to his message the Holy Spirit prompted me with one Bible verse “Come. Follow me,” Jesus said. “I will make you fishers of people.” Matthew 4:19
In this verse are all the three parts of this series.
FOLLOW MEDiscover the benefits of a personal relationship with Jesus. I WILL MAKE YOUThrough a personal relationship with Jesus He will Develop us into the people He is calling us to be. FISHERS OF MEN From His development of our character we will be equipped to Disciple people in our ‘sphere of influence.’ to become all He is calling them to be.
What a great message this morning Peter. Thank you!
We should encourage each other “Comfort and encourage each other with this news.” 1 Thessalonians 4:18
Step Twelves says “I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.” Hosea 12:6 says “Come back to God. Live by the principles of love and justice, and always be expecting much from him, your God.” 2 Peter 1:5 says “You must learn to know God better and discover what he wants you to do.” Living according to God’s principles requires coming back to Him day by day, seeking His will for our lives and doing what He guides and directs us to do.
Learning much in recovery is of no value unless we learn to live our lives comforting and encouraging one another,
1 Peter 2:9-10 You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you– from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
STEP TWELVE 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.
Isaiah 8:11-15 God spoke strongly to me, grabbed me with both hands and warned me not to go along with this people. He said: “Don’t be like this people, always afraid somebody is plotting against them. Don’t fear what they fear. Don’t take on their worries. If you’re going to worry, worry about The Holy. Fear God-of-the-Angel-Armies. The Holy can be either a Hiding Place or a Boulder blocking your way, The Rock standing in the willful way of both houses of Israel, A barbed-wire Fence preventing trespass to the citizens of Jerusalem. Many of them are going to run into that Rock and get their bones broken, Get tangled up in that barbed wire and not get free of it.”
When others try to coerce us into their problems we should not fear their rejection because we don’t go along with them. The Bible says if we fear God we need not fear anything else. His way of living is the right way but not necessarily the easy way. He can be our hiding place or our road block.
Through the process of recovery God is warning us of our need for change and through reading the Bible prayer and meditation He highlights what each of us needs to do to become the people He created us and supports us to be.