God is Sovereign
Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
A large contributor to how well we progress in recovery is based on what we do at the beginning, what foundations we establish to build our new lives on.
Now I never understood this when I first came to recovery. I thought you do the Twelve Steps, one to twelve, and when you have done them all you have recovery. But there’s more to it than that. Because when we first enter recovery many of us are too sick to understand the twelve steps. That’s why I believe one of the first things we should all do in the process of recovery is establishing clear spiritual foundations (because it’s a spiritual program) and make them the foundation stones of our recovery. Failing to build on an enduring foundation leads to destruction.
– What are your foundation stones of recovery?
Prayer: Lord help me today to identify Your foundations’ stones to life-changing recovery
- GROWTH IN UNDERSTANDING
Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!
2 Peter 3:18
Proverbs 18:2 Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth.
Proverbs 2:2 Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding.
2. GROWTH IN OBEDIENCE
We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. Colossians 1:10
Acts 5:29 “It’s necessary to obey God rather than men.”
1 Peter 1:14 Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now.
3. GROWTH IN FAITH
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:6
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. James 1:22
2022 | Spiritual Foundations | Week Five
This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines. John 3:30
We are all sinners. Jesus is not! He came with one purpose: “To save us!” Doesn’t that make Him more important than us?
Putting the purposes of God first in our lives is not always the easiest thing for us to do. Especially if we have been experiencing a lot of crises in our lives. But it is the wisest way for us to move forward in recovery.
Successfully growing, continuing in spiritual recovery and maturity can only be achieved by putting our faith in Jesus. He is the One True Higher Power, and we need to learn to trust Him completely, in every area of our lives.
– What things are you holding onto right now because you don’t trust God enough with them?
Prayer: Just for Today Lord help me today to in faith. To put my trust completely in You and realize it is not about me but about You and Your purpose for my life.
- FAITH IN GOD = BELIEF IN JESUS
Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. John 14:6
Hebrews 11:1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.
Hebrews 11:6 It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
2. HOW MUCH FAITH DO I NEED?
“Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”
Philippians 4:19 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.
Romans 3:23-24 Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity, he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.
3. (WIFM) – WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME
They said, “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live.”
Psalms 37:4-6 Keep company with God, get in on the best. Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval.
Proverbs 3:6 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.
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.”
Spent the day today creating 1st of 7 Living Life Recovery Curriculum Workbooks. Been on the cards for a while but just haven’t got to it. 6 more to go.
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 1:4-6
Seek God while He’s here to be found, pray to Him while He’s close at hand. Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil of their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness. When you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive–only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!)
Isaiah 55:6-7 ~ Mark 11:25 ~ Ephesians 1:4-5
People get knocked about by various forms of attack. Lives are damaged through:
- Unexpected disasters, accidents, illnesses, unemployment, homelessnesss.
- Wrong choices, mixing in the wrong company, using mood altering substances to fit in, developing bad habits.
- Self-willed preoccupation, with things that make us feel good while sin destroys our moral foundations.
Jesus tells us if our lives are not built on solid foundations everything we have built will fall apart and be ruined.
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit–but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”
Recovery from the ruin of our past requires demolition of our old way of life. It requires rebuilding with God’s help in His strength. It takes strong action to root outour problems. In relatioship with Jesus the ruins can be erased and we can start construction on lives that satisfy God, enabled by Him.
Living Life Recovery is a Process of Rebuilding Lives
Nehemiah 2:11-20 I arrived in Jerusalem. After I had been there three days, I got up in the middle of the night, I and a few men who were with me. I hadn’t told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal with us was the one I was riding. Under cover of night I went past the Valley Gate toward the Dragon’s Fountain to the Dung Gate looking over the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken through and whose gates had been burned up. I then crossed to the Fountain Gate and headed for the King’s Pool but there wasn’t enough room for the donkey I was riding to get through. So I went up the valley in the dark continuing my inspection of the wall. I came back in through the Valley Gate. The local officials had no idea where I’d gone or what I was doing–I hadn’t breathed a word to the Jews, priests, nobles, local officials, or anyone else who would be working on the job. Then I gave them my report: “Face it: we’re in a bad way here. Jerusalem is a wreck; its gates are burned up. Come–let’s build the wall of Jerusalem and not live with this disgrace any longer.” I told them how God was supporting me and how the king was backing me up. They said, “We’re with you. Let’s get started.” They rolled up their sleeves, ready for the good work. When Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they laughed at us, mocking, “Ha! What do you think you’re doing? Do you think you can cross the king?” I shot back, “The God-of-Heaven will make sure we succeed. We’re his servants and we’re going to work, rebuilding. You can keep your nose out of it. You get no say in this–Jerusalem’s none of your business!”
- Nehemiah started out as a government worker (a cupbearer – guardian of the Kings cup – taste the Kings wine to make sure it wasn’t poisoned) Then became a building contractor called in to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem
(You never know what God has in store for you)
Step One: I admit that my life is a mess and I am out of control.
- His co-worker Ezra was a scholar and teacher of the Scriptures
(Nehemiah knew what his strengths were and weren’t)
(Nehemiah was a man of prayer, faith, vision, and perseverance)
- Through 52 days of rebuilding the wall together, the Jews rebuilt relationships
(When we work together we change)
- After the rebuilding Nehemiah called on Ezra to teach the people from the Scriptures showing them how to rebuild their lives
(Recovery apart from God doesn’t last)
Focus Verse: Nehemiah 2:17 Then I gave them my report: “Face it: we’re in a bad way here. Jerusalem is a wreck; its gates are burned up. Come–let’s build the wall of Jerusalem and not live with this disgrace any longer.”
1Timothy 1:19 (CEV) Some people have made a mess of their faith because they didn’t listen to their consciences.
Deuteronomy 31:29 (MSG) I know that after I die you’re going to make a mess of things, abandoning the way I commanded, inviting all kinds of evil consequences in the days ahead. You’re determined to do evil in defiance of GOD–I know you are–deliberately provoking his anger by what you do.”
Judges 10:14 (MSG) “Go ahead! Cry out for help to the gods you’ve chosen–let them get you out of the mess you’re in!”
Job 8:3 (MSG) Does God mess up? Does God Almighty ever get things backward?
Job 30:19 (MSG) Thrown facedown in the muck, I’m a muddy mess, inside and out.
Psalm 9:7 (MSG) God holds the high center, he sees and sets the world’s mess right.
Psalm 14:6 (MSG) Do you think you can mess with the dreams of the poor? You can’t, for
God makes their dreams come true.
Psalm 30:1 (MSG) I give you all the credit, GOD– you got me out of that mess.
Psalm 40:17 (MSG) I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing: make something of me. You can do it; you’ve got what it takes– but God, don’t put it off.
Psalm 71:2 (MSG) Do what you do so well: get me out of this mess and up on my feet. Put your ear to the ground and listen, give me space for salvation.
Psalm 79:9 (MSG) You’re famous for helping; God, give us a break. Your reputation is on the line. Pull us out of this mess, forgive us our sins– do what you’re famous for doing!
Proverbs 6:3 (MSG) Friend, don’t waste a minute, get yourself out of that mess. You’re in that man’s clutches! Go, put on a long face; act desperate.
Proverbs 13:17 (MSG) Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things, but a reliable reporter is a healing presence.
Ecclesiastes 7:29 (MSG) God made men and women true and upright; we’re the ones who’ve made a mess of things.
Isaiah 3:6 (MSG) One brother will grab another and say, ‘You look like you’ve got a head on your shoulders. Do something! Get us out of this mess.’
Jeremiah 16:18 (MSG) “They won’t get by with a thing. They’ll pay double for everything they did wrong. They’ve made a complete mess of things, littering their lives with their obscene no-gods, leaving piles of stinking god-junk all over the place.”
Jeremiah 22:20 (MSG) “People of Jerusalem, climb a Lebanon peak and weep, climb a Bashan mountain and wail, Climb the Abarim ridge and cry– you’ve made a total mess of your life.”
Ezekiel 36:32 (MSG) “‘I’m not doing this for you. Get this through your thick heads! Shame on you. What a mess you made of things, Israel!
Romans 3:24 (MSG) God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity, he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.
1Timothy 1:19 (MSG) Keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in. There are some, you know, who by relaxing their grip and thinking anything goes have made a thorough mess of their faith.
Isaiah 19:14 (NIrV) The LORD has given them a spirit that makes them feel dizzy. They make Egypt unsteady in everything it does. Egypt is like a person who drinks too much. He throws up and then walks around in the mess he’s made.
Isaiah 28:8 (NIrV) They throw up. All of the tables are covered with the mess they’ve made. There isn’t one spot on the tables that isn’t smelly and dirty.
James 3:16 (NIrV) Are you jealous? Are you concerned only about getting ahead? Then your life will be a mess. You will be doing all kinds of evil things.
Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through Him, we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father. That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all–irrespective of how we got here–in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day–a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.