Remember where you came from, accept where you are now and thank God for bringing you here.
1 Corinthians 10:13 You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it.
It is common when we fail in recovery to blame our circumstances or other people.
The bottom line is “I am responsible for my actions.” No one else can make me relapse unless I choose to. We don’t want to hear that but it’s the truth.
Recovery is not easy. Many times it would have been easier for me to turn back to where I felt comfortable than it was to continue in recovery. I choose not to, because ‘my worst day in recovery is far better than my best day when I was using’
- What was your best memory of using?
- How does that compare to your life now?
Prayer: Please God help me always to remember where I came from.
To develop self-control we must first know God’s life guidelines
An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. 2 Timothy 2:5
We need to guard our speech
Post a guard at my mouth, God set a watch at the door of my lips.
God wants us to be disciplined in our habits
Don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, 2 Peter 1:5
The Bible says God’s power is greatest in our weakness My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, Ephesians 1:7-8
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
1 John 5:13-15 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
Romans 8:5-11 (Complete Jewish Bible) Those who identify with their old nature set their minds on the things of the old nature, but those who identify with the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Having one’s mind controlled by the old nature is death, but having one’s mind controlled by the Spirit is life and shalom. For the mind controlled by the old nature is hostile to God, because it does not submit itself to God’s Torah—indeed, it cannot. Thus, those who identify with their old nature cannot please God. But you, you do not identify with your old nature but with the Spirit—provided the Spirit of God is living inside you, for anyone who doesn’t have the Spirit of the Messiah doesn’t belong to him. However, if the Messiah is in you, then, on the one hand, the body is dead because of sin; but, on the other hand, the Spirit is giving life because God considers you righteous. And if the Spirit of the One who raised Yeshua from the dead is living in you, then the One who raised the Messiah Yeshua from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?
Those who identify with their old nature set their minds on the things of the old nature.
The bible says in Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Step eleven says “We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out”
The scripture above encourages us to stop identifying with our old nature. Romans 12:2 tells us to ‘Stop conforming to the patterns of the world.’ Developing good habits in our lives requires:
The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Holy Spirit teaches us.
John 14:26 The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit lives within us.
Romans 8:11 The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
The Holy Spirit opens our spiritual eyes.
1 Corinthians 2:10 God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.
Our requests to God are too often of temporary value. We make am emergency call. He responds, respite occurs and we resume our godless ways.
WHAT DOES SALVATION MEAN FOR US?
Out of sheer generosity, he [God] 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. Romans 3:24
Being saved means our sins of the past no longer count against us. t means we are forgiven by the grace of God, and we are given the free gift of eternal life. Being saved does not spare us from troubles here on earth [John 16:33], but it does spare us from eternal judgment.
BEING SAVED MEANS WE ARE GIVEN A FRESH START
God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! Psalms 51:10-12
Being saved frees us from guilt and removes the chaos from our lives – we are forgiven by the ‘Grace of God’
GOD’S WORD PROMISES TO ANYONE WHO COMES TO GOD AND REPENTS
“Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” Romans 10:13
Call out to God. Tell Him you need His help and He promises us He will help.
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Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. He told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size–abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ Hebrews 4:12 ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the one who obeys the law of the Lord. He doesn’t follow the advice of evil people.
Have you ever noticed how many people are ready to tell you what is good for you and how you should live?
Often we end up making a mess of our lives, not because we don’t know what is right but because we listen to and follow bad advice. In AA I learned a valuable lesson that has stuck with me all my life. It is ‘Stick with the winners.’ If you want good advice on how to succeed in recovery then speak to and listen to those who are living successfully in recovery.
There are many voices in our lives telling us what to do and what is good for us. It is important to remember in the recovery process God is with us all the time and He is always ready to talk to us, through His Word, through prayer and through the lives of those living victoriously in His name.
If we can learn to appreciate there is goodness in the world in which we live, although there are also dark forces trying to lead us back to our old ways of living we can start in the recovery process to look at life differently. We can start to learn God’s overtures of mercy and grace by putting ourselves in the ranks of seeking to find and do His will in His strength on a daily basis.
God has showered down upon us the richness of His grace—for how well He understands us and knows what is best for us at all times. In him lie hidden all the mighty, untapped treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Ephesians 1:8 ~ Colossians 2:3
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. Matthew 6:6
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Many of us wallow in our pasts and sink easily into the harbour of such memories. Ask forgiveness for allowing these feelings to overcome what you know is your new reality. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://livingliferecovery.com/2022/04/27/thougtfortoday/