“If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship GOD, then choose a god you’d rather serve–and do it today…….. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.” Joshua 24:15
There is a fairly common resentment against established management or lawful supervision. Those who fight against law and order and managerial position are generally people who feel they should be top-dog. People who are keen to assert themselves and delight in bully tactics and dictatorship.
Everyone in positions of authority and leadership is a target for criticism.
Being outspoken with derogatory remarks can boost the ego temporarily but seldom sweetens the soul. We risk much if we choose to be over-indulgent with our use of criticism and are keen to me mates with fault-finders. People who constantly ‘run down’ others are sure to include you in their target aim eventually.
We can be ruled from within by our sinful nature. Whilst detesting others who seemingly boss us around we can fail to see how the enemy within us controls our attitudes and actions. Have you been waylaid from the best intentions simply by succumbing to the pressures of self-will? Let the real Boss [Jesus Christ] help you to overcome your selfish desires and discover His new way of living as you learn the process of Living Life Recovery.
Psalm 71:2You do what is right, so save me and help me. Pay attention to me and save me.
A song I learned in recovery that means so much to me on this journey of life says “ I want to live right that God may use me at any time and anywhere.”How do you learn to live right? Learn and apply the steps to your life. Attend meetings on a regular basis. Start attending Church on a regular basis and getting involved. Read the Bible and Pray! If you are a person in recovery, recovery must come first in your life or nothing else matters
Hosea 14:9 says “The paths of the Lord are true and right, and good men walk along them.” Living right and doing the right thing go hand in hand. When God forgives us, He judges our sin but shows mercy to the sinner. We should never be afraid to come to God for a clean slate and a renewed life. Making a decision to let God help us change the errors of our past and committing to working with Him to do so are the right things to do as we move forward in the process of Living Life Recovery.
Hosea 6:3Let’s recognize him as the Lord. Let’s keep trying to really know him.
In this age of computers, smart phones and tablets tos in the know sometimes refer to the term GIGO. It stands for ‘Garbage in, Garbage out.’ In other words if false information is fed in, false information will come out.
Jesus, away back, put it bluntly concerning our lives, “What;s in, comes out.” He said.If we are going to live the reality of our new found faith and be the real thing, rather than ‘FAKE’ there has to be daily intake.
Spiritual vitamins, soul nourishment, for our inner refreshment and sustenance. Otherwise what is shown will be unworthy character traits. If we are all talk we will talk a lot of nonsense. I learned the phrase and use it often “If you talk about what you know, you will know what you are talking about.” If we want to share the ‘Good News‘ with others we need to know what the good news is.
Daily intake of the Word of God is essential if we want to live and share Bible-based recovery in our lives. In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man doesn’t live only on bread. He also lives on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
King David testified: “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I won’t sin against you.”Psalms 119:11
‘A BALANCED DIET WILL INCLUDE DAILY RESORT TO PRAYER’
Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled. Matthew 5:6
Like babies that were just born, you should long for the pure milk of God’s word. It will help you grow up as believers.1 Peter 2:2
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple? God’s Spirit lives in you.1 Corinthians 3:16
Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans.Ephesians 6:11
2 Corinthians 5:21Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.
Before I involved God in recovery I belonged to Alcoholics Anonymous. I said all the right things, made all the right noises and mixed in all the right circles. I had achieved sobriety. I hadn’t gained recovery.
I learned the Twelve Steps, taught them to other people. I started numerous A.A. groups and attended others on a regular basis.
I remember an older member in A.A. saying to me “I hope I am around when you finally get serious about recovery.” You see he could see that I was still playing a game. A dangerous game but a game none the less. After about eighteen months I relapsed.
Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.Proverbs 1:32
Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? James 2:19
“It shall come to pass at that time That I will search ………and punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, ‘The Lord will not do good, Nor will He do evil.’ Zephaniah 1:12
Prayer: Lord, help me to fix my aim on recovery not just sobriety.
Proverbs 28:26Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish. But a person who lives wisely is kept safe.
“I only trust myself!” “I can do it!”
Two of the most self-deceptive statements we have all said at one time or another in our lives.
We have been on this road together for a little while now and I want to ask you the question: Who do you trust?
Some of the most valuable things I have learned, implemented and shared in m recovery and life are things I have learned from other people. None of us are here by mistake. We are here because it is where we need to be and God has brought us here.
Have you established an accountability partner yet?
Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family.
Take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll always be there to help you come through it. Saving is all His idea, and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!
Prayer: God today I acknowledge I can’t do this alone. Show me who to trust in the process of recovery.
God won’t put up with rebels; he’ll cull them from the pack.Psalms 34:16
I have a friend whom I have known for quite a few years now and have walked the recovery road with, who talks about ‘spooky stuff’ continually happening to him. He is talking about the Holy Spirit’s moving in his life.
There a verses in the Bible that concerned me when I first read them. That’s why the Bible needs to be investigated and not just read.
This verse is talking about God’s authority over us.
There is no point in pursuing spiritual recovery and growth without letting ‘God be God’
Growing up I attended Sunday School. I belonged to the Boys Brigade. I learned who God was and I learned who Jesus was but I never learned about God’s authority over me.
One of my biggest problems as a teenager and in my early adulthood was acknowledging and accepting authority.
Are you willing to let God be God?
DON’T IGNORE GOD The Holy Spirit says, Today, please listen; don’t turn a deaf ear as in “the bitter uprising,” that time of wilderness testing!Hebrews 3:7-8
GOD FIRST IN EVERYTHING This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines. John 3:30
AVOID RELAPSE People who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, There’ll come a day when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it’ll be too late to help them.Proverbs 29:1
1 Peter 5:8Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce and would like nothing better than to catch you napping
There is safety in numbers.
Growing up I was not a very sociable person. Not because I didn’t want to be but because I really never learned growing up how to belong. My parents tried encouraging me to join clubs and events to get me to mix with others, but I never really fitted in.
Recovery rescued me. I attended meetings and groups where there were people just like me. People who understood my struggles. Who were patient enough to give me time to discover who I was. Who encouraged me to discover my gifts and abilities and put them to good use.
What are your gifts and abilities?
How are you using them to help others?
GOD IS CONCERNED ABOUT US “I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. John 14:18
GOD ENCOURAGES US Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.Psalms 27:14
GOD TAKES CARE OF US I’ll stay with you, I’ll protect you wherever you go, and I’ll bring you back to this very ground. I’ll stick with you until I’ve done everything I promised you.” Genesis 28:15
Living Life Recovery is a God-inspired Bible-based Twelve Step Recovery. Founded in 2015 by me whilst a member of the Ferntree Gully Salvation Army.
During participation in Saddleback Church’s 4o Days of Purpose God challenged me, a recovered alcoholic to do something with people with addictions. Through prayer, meditation and communication with the Holy Spirit God delivered to me the concept of Living Life Recovery. At the same time, God delivered to name the name ‘Living Life Recovery’ the ‘Logo’ and the slogan ‘Recovery is about learning to live life but living life is more than just recovery.’
Since 2015 Living Life Recovery has been run in a number of churches throughout Victoria with various degrees of success. In that time I have been also been involved in a number of different Christian Recovery programs, including Celebrate Recovery but God kept prompting me back to Living Life Recovery.
In January 2016 God again prompted me to write the curriculum for Living Life Recovery based on his own experience of recovery since 1987. The result was a ‘Group Discussion Starters’ manual containing three hundred and sixty-five recovery scripture-based recovery thoughts and a ‘Participants workbook’ containing fifty-two ‘Participant Handouts’ based on the ‘Group Discussion Starters’ manual.
Since becoming a Christian in 1989 my goal and God-given purpose has been to ‘lead people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the process of recovery.’
To that end in 2020 via the website http://livingliferecovery.com I will sharing sharing ‘daily discussion starters’ and weekly ‘participant handouts’ The website will also contain other recovery curriculum and topics produced by me over my 30+ years in recovery. If you or someone you love is suffering the negative effects of addictions and compulsions I encourage you to visit the website throughout 2020 and to get along to a local church in your area or local 12 Step fellowship and establish a support network to help you on the journey. Handouts SampleThe website will also include various “Recovery Message Videos’
I look forward to sharing with you all and growing in faith as we Live Life Recovery together. #Learn#Recover#Together
Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Be sure that you don’t say no to the One who speaks. People did not escape when they said no to the One who warned them on earth. And what if we turn away from the One who warns us from heaven? How much less will we escape!Hebrews 12:25
A belief I have held since entering Bible-based recovery in 1989 is “Most people fail in recovery because they don’t plan not to.” Many people with good intentions and the right motivations enter rehabs and do well. Then at the end of their time, they leave rehabs and go back to ‘the real world’ without a plan of how they are going to manage their addictions and compulsions going forward. Sure they plan to attend meetings but what else? The ‘Big Book’ of ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ says ‘We deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling and powerful.’ And, the reality is unless we have a plan of how we are going to live differently, act differently and think differently we are setting ourselves up for failure.
As we begin to experience success in recovery it is easy for us to convince ourselves we no longer need to apply what we have learned through the process. It is easy for us to convince ourselves we have our addictions and compulsions beaten.
When we start thinking that way we are on the ‘Road to Relapse’ Living Life Recovery requires careful planning of living and applying all we have learned to our daily living so we can continue living and growing spiritually with God’s help.