In recovery and in life the best source I have found to learn the right thing from is the Bible.
“Don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:8-10 MSG
Too often we are afraid to speak up for our beliefs. Fear of rejection or mocking by others stopping us from giving a true witness of what God has done, is doing and promises to do in and through our lives.
God is calling us to be people unafraid of what others think or say about us. People who will enthusiastically share His truth with others and encourage them to get into a personal relationship with Him so they too can experience the truth.
At an AA meeting a number of years ago I shared my story of life transformation through the power of God’s Holy Spirit moving in and through my life. Or I began too. The chair of the meeting stopped me short. And, after the meeting a couple of people came up to me and said “we agree with what you were saying.”
I found myself asking the question of God “did the really, or were they just trying to make me feel better.”
Always speaking the truth in life isn’t always easy. Over the past few weeks I have found myself being careless with the truth because I didn’t want to offend or disagree with others.
Just for today Lord help me to always tell the truth as You reveal it to me.
STEP THREE WE MADE A DECISION TO TURN OUR WILL AND OUR LIFE OVER TO THE CARE OF GOD.
To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because that is the way God planned it.
How? I hear you asking. By creating circumstances and opportunities in our lives to get us to a place where we open our hearts and minds to His way of living.
God brings us to recovery. It’s in His plan, and in His hands. He brought me to recovery and He brought you to recovery, for a reason. He knows what He is doing. He knows how we are going to act and react before we do. He takes care of us through the process once we make a conscious decision to turn our wills and lives over to Him. He creates circumstances beyond our understanding for our spiritual growth. And He patiently waits for us to seek His will as we grow in our knowledge of Him and how He wants us to live,
Recovery for me is a result of going to a Salvation Army Bridge Program in South Australia. It amuses me that just before I went to South Australia to end up on the Bridge Program I spent a number of nights sleeping on the streets of Perth in Western Australia in the carpark of the Salvation Army Detox Centre. To me it proves God knows is best for me and what I require to make me seek His guidance for my life. Had I. Gone to, and completed the Bridge Program in Western Australia I do not believe I would be where I am now. Nor would I have met and married the girl He had planned for me. Everything that happened to me and in me I believe was His will in order to put me in the direction He wanted me to go, Bring me to the place where I realised I was incapable of changing my life in my own strength.
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
John 15:9 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love.”
We are told in John 15:5-15 to love others the way God loves us. Sometimes outside our comfort zones. sometimes beyond spoken words.
Love doesn’t tell people what their problem is/ It helps them to COPE with the truth of their situations and circumstances. Helps them to explore solutions that are right for them.
John 15:12-14 This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you.
Making ourselves at home in God’s love requires obedience to His guidance and helping others do likewise.
2022 | Day Twenty-Nine | Thought for Today
“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 my 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?
* Will you do it today?
Proverbs 28:26 says “Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish. But a person who lives wisely is kept safe.”
In all of our lives, God places people in our paths. Some to teach us and to help us. Others teach us who we don’t want to be and how we don’t want to live. But, the bottom line is the Bible teaches us not to trust ourselves. To build relationships with people we can trust, people who care about us. People who don’t necessarily tell us what we want to hear but tell us what we need to hear in order to grow into and lives the lives God related us to live,
Early in my recovery I remember many people who spoke like they knew what recovery was all about.
Hurry with your answer, God! I’m nearly at the end of my rope. Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me! That would be certain death. God, my God; I want to look life in the eye. Surprise me with love at daybreak; then I’ll skip and dance all day long. You forgive our sins—every one. You heal our diseases—every one. You redeem us from hell—save our lives! You crown you us with love and mercy. You wrap us in goodness. You renew our lives —our lives are always good in his presence.
Waiting on God’s timing isn’t always easy! Feelings of loneliness and abandonment can creep into our lives. The Bible tells us the Devil is waiting to pounce in times of doubt and uncertainty. We can allow our feelings to run riot and make us make bad decisions. Even at times when our intentions are good we can still get it wrong, misreading God’s will and moving ahead without Him.
God is still on the throne! There are wilderness times in my life where I felt it better to do something than to do nothing and get it wrong. Times when after making the wrong decisions, taking the wrong actions God has intervened and surprised me because His ways are better than my ways. Times where He has set me on an unexpected path because He knows what is best for me, Take time today to Wait on God!
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“So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself.” 2 Corinthians 6:17
Indecision can be fatal. Doubts about our ability to change our lives and recover from our addictions and compulsions shattering our progress in the recovery process. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies when it comes to pursuing what is best for us. In making the decision on the direction we want our lives to go. Revelations 3:16 says “you are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm”
Too often we are happy to sit on the fence, go with the flow and ignore the prompts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Standing, not fully persuaded. Remaining in the shadows. Failing to accept God’s commands as we travel the road to recovery. Renouncing our old way of living, yet with no commitment to anything new.
Dedication to changed life may seem impossible, but if we are opened to Gods leading in our lives He is willing and able to walk with us. If we are ready to accept our weaknesses and entrust our lives to Him, rely on His help he will lead us to places we never thought possible.