“Are you listening to this? Really listening? “Listen carefully to what I am saying–and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own.”
‘The best things in life aren’t free.’ Some of us have suffered much in the consequences of our misguided trips into foolish territory. Exploited by sensational suggestiveness. Conned by media advertising appeals. Drawn into the wrong things by curiosity. We lit the fire of desire and reaped a bushfire. We got it wrong and have experienced rock bottom hardship as a result.
Step Eleven says “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God. Praying for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out.” God alone, through Jesus, can put us right and help us to avoid the traps of life if we make a conscious decision ‘One Day at a Time’ to communicate with Him through prayer, seek His will not our own and His power to become the people He is calling us to be. #StepEleven#Prayer#Meditation#ConsciousContatct
Colossians 4:2Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.
THERE IS A PURPOSE TO RECOVERY! And it is outlined in step eleven “To discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and improve my relationship with Him.”
Psalms 4:3-8 says “Look at this: look Who got picked by God! He listens the split second I call to him. Complain if you must, but don’t lash out. Keep your mouth shut, and let your heart do the talking. Build your case before God and wait for his verdict. Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More, more.” I have God’s more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day Than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together.”
GOD PICKED YOU God who made you has something to say to you; the God who formed you in the womb wants to help you. Don’t be afraid.Isaiah 44:2
GOD IS INTERESTED IN YOU When you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’ Isaiah 58:9
GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU “What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail–even numbering the hairs on your head! Matthew 10:29-30
GOD WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. Mark 11:24
GOD’S TIMING IS PERFECT “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business.” Acts 1:7
GOD’S MORE THAT ENOUGH He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.John 21:6
EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY WITH GOD “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.” John 15:11
WE SLEEP BETTER WHEN WE KNOW GOD “Whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet.”Luke 21:36
STEP ELEVEN RECOVERY TOOLS ….
PRAYER Keep company with God, get in on the best. God’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it. 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. Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. Jesus said If you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.
MEDITATIONThese are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar. I’ve even become smarter than my teachers since I’ve pondered and absorbed your counsel. I set plainspoken wisdom before you, my heart-seasoned understandings of life.
GOD’SWORDThe Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God. 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. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it–no matter what. #StepEleven#Prayer#Meditation#GodsWord
In order to discover God’s purpose in my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him,
I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.
We need to be aware of the process of recovery of our strengths and our weaknesses. We all have weaknesses in some areas of our lives and we are strong in others. In areas where we are weak, we need to make sure we avoid putting ourselves in vulnerable situations
Jesus said, “Keep watch, and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38
One of the reasons I live in Victoria instead of Western Australia is because in W.A. I have too many contacts from my past. After all my years of recovery, I do not believe I would ever be tempted to relapse. But, in early recovery when I was susceptible and vulnerable I am not sure I would still be where I am today had I continued to live in Western Australia. To obtain and maintain recovery I had to leave everything I had and knew and step out in faith. It was the hardest, yet the best decision I ever made in my life. Not knowing what was ahead, yet confident God knew and He would look after me.
Read: Psalm 34:1-7 Focus Verse: I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
In the process of God changing our sinful habits and attitudes it is important we keep our focus on Him.
If you ask ten different people in recovery the best way of achieving and maintaining recovery you will get ten different answers.
Recovery in my life is covered in prayer, meditation and being led by God. I do have trusted people in my life whom I go to bounce things off but the final decision in everything I do lies with me and God. God gave us free will for a reason. I believe that reason is to see how much we have learned through a relationship with Him and how we implement in our daily living. Don’t make any decisions you have not talked to God about.
When was the last time you focused on God?
Prayer: Lord help me today to focus on You and your will for me.
One of my biggest concerns in my life is ‘people who still suffer from the negative effects of their problems in their lives.’ These verses encourage us to share what God is doing in and through our lives with others. Bill Wilson found relief from alcoholism when he found another alcoholic to share with. We need to learn to do the same. To share our faith and encourage others to get to know Jesus for themselves.
God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. Stop deceiving yourselves. You are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. What’s more, you are His holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 2 Timothy 2:19 ~ 1 Corinthians 3:16-18 ~ 1 Peter 2:5
We usually get it wrong by following our own ‘Stinking Thinking’ and paying attention to the wrong people. The Bible says “Remember, when someone wants to do wrong it is never God who is tempting him, for God never wants to do wrong and never tempts anyone else to do it. Temptation is the pull of man’s own evil thoughts and wishes. These evil thoughts lead to evil actions and afterwards to the death penalty from God. So don’t be misled, dear brothers.” James 1:13-16
We usually get it wrong because we act on our feelings instead of what we know to be true. 1 Peter 2:1 tells us to “Get rid of your feelings of hatred. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with dishonesty and jealousy.” Titus 3:3 says “Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient; we were misled by others and became slaves to many evil pleasures and wicked desires. Our lives were full of resentment and envy. We hated others and they hated us.”
Step Eleven says “In order to discover God’s purpose in my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it” Recovery is a process of seeking Gods purpose for our lives through a personal relationship with Him, reading His Word regularly, talkimg to and listening to Him about what we read in order to better how we can be the people He wants us to be and make a difference while we are here on this earth as His representatives.
“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:5-6
What an encouraging service at #NWBC today. Two young men in their twenty’s sharing what God is doing in and through their lives. And, what He can do in ours.
The first, Tom shared an inspiring, motivated example of God using His people to change the lives of others through our obedient and openhearted faith in Him
The second, William, who shared a message of God’s transformational power, impacting our lives and our character through personal, one on one meetings with Him in Worship, Bible reading, meditation and prayer.
Thanks Will! You reminded me of a day in 1989, when I was still in my mess, at the end of my rope and I knelt, alone in a Rehab to pray. A day when I heard Jesus say to me “Archie, you do not need to live like this anymore. Follow Me and I will lead you!”
From you that day to this day He has led and I have followed. For almost thirty years now I have acknowledged Him as my Lord and my Saviour and I have enjoyed many, many one on one meetings with Him that have made all the difference on how I live my life today.
Psalms 119:18 Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.
We can be down on the Bible because we are not up on it. We need to get into it and allow it to get into us.
The Bible is full of instructions for living right. I often hear people say “I don’t understand the Bible.”
Step Eleven of the Alcoholics Anonymous steps says “We sought through ‘prayer’ and ‘meditation’ to improve our ‘conscious contact’ with God.
Ephesians 6:18Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
John 17:9“My prayer is not for the world, but for those You have given Me, because they belong to You.” Who has God put in your sphere of influence?
Mark 11:24I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.
Joshua 1:8Don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed.
Psalms 48:9 Lord, here in your Temple we meditate upon your kindness and your love.
Psalms 119:52I watch for your ancient landmark words, and know I’m on the righttrack.
Proverbs 4:24Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Proverbs 29:20Observe the people who always talk before they think– even simpletons are better off than they are.
1 Corinthians 4:20God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life.
What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say “Jesus be damned!” Nor would anyone be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit.1 Corinthians 12:1-3
If you are struggling to understand the Bible can I suggest you seek to discover God’s purpose for your life, implement it to the best of your ability and work at improving yourrelationship with God by will spending time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.
The moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.Romans 8: 26-28
The quality of our emotional recovery is dependent upon the maintenance of our spiritual condition. The quality of our spiritual condition is dependent upon the maintenance of close communication with God.
Prayer, meditation and reading the Bible are our channels of our conscious contact with God as we wait on Him to work every detail of our lives into something good.
Stay with God. Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God. Psalms 27:14
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act. Psalms 37:7