Tag: Need

#VerseForTheDay

Lives of unrelenting disappointment have left us with a lot of heartbreak in our lives. Now we are in recovery and rebuilding our lives. Psalm 119:82-84 saysMy eyes grow heavy watching for some sign of your promise; how long must I wait for your comfort?  There’s smoke in my eyes—they burn and water, but I keep a steady gaze on the instructions you post. How long do I have to put up with all this? How long till you haul my tormentors into court?”

– When our eyes fail to see what God is doing, our faith in Him must not. His ways are not our ways, otherwise, there would be no need to call on Him to help us get well because we would be happy in our misery. None of us ever expected God to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. But He has and because He has we need to accept the break that He has given us and the opportunity to turn our lives around.

Asking God For Help

Soften up, God, and intervene; hurry and get me some help, Psalms 40:13

Sometimes things don’t happen as quickly as we think they should in the recovery process. In our opinion, God doesn’t move quick enough or we believe the things He is asking of us are too hard. But as we have already learned ‘God knows us better than we know ourselves.’

Sometimes it is in waiting for God to act or respond we discover how far we have moved away from Him and how far we have to go to get our lives in order. God is with you and He cares. What you are going through right now is what you need to go through to understand what is really going on in your life and what you need to do to change it.

Sometimes it is waiting for God we understand our need of His help and guidance and human strength is not enough to bring us to here we need to be to deal with the things we need to deal with,

Sometimes it is in waiting for God we understand the importance of the recovery process in our lives and the importance of giving God access to the area of our lives we have chosen up until now to avoid.

Asking God is an important part of our prayer lives but so is the patience to give God the time to answer and the willingness to ‘GO TO ANY LENGTH TO ACHIE IT!’

  • GOD GIVES US THE STENGTH TO FACE EVERY CRISIS
  • THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT GOD GIVES US WISDOM AND DEISCENMENT ABOVE OUR OWN
  • GOD HELPS US TO PRAY WHEN WE CAN’T FIND THE WORDS
  • GOD GIVES US OTHER PEOPLE TO SUPPORT US IN RECOVERY

Recovery Costs

Luke 14:27 Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple..

Recovery is not free, it costs, and we need to carefully weigh up the costs as we go through each step. We need to realise up front the sacrifices we are going to have to make to pursue a life of continual spiritual growth

Psalms 50:14-15 says “Spread for me a banquet of praise, serve High God a feast of kept promises, Call for help when you’re in trouble— I’ll help you..”

All through this process of recovery we have been making commitments to God and today is no exception. Today we are committing to wearing the cost of recovery regardless of what it is.

“Don’t begin until you count the cost.” Luke 14:28

Whenever you start a project, plan ahead and make sure you can handle the costs—not only financially, but also physically, relationally, and spiritually.

Whatever you pursue, remember that God is in control and that you are completely dependent on Him in everything

Psalms 37:37 Keep your eye on the healthy soul, scrutinize the straight life; There’s a future in strenuous wholeness.

Are you willing to pay the price that may be required to succeed in the recovery process?

Verse For Today

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, Psalm 1:1

Other people can have a profound effect on our recovery, even the mockers. That is why we need to take time in the process of change to examine our relationships. There are some relationships we need to make changes in and some we just need to end for our own health and well being. At this point in recovery only two paths are available to us. One is obedience to God and His will/ The other is rebellion and destruction.

Talk to God then listen

On completion of my list of sinful habits, I will confess them to God and
to someone that I trust. 

Psalms 40:12 There are more troubles all around me than I can count. My sins have caught up with me, and I can’t see any longer. My sins are more than the hairs of my head. I have lost all hope.

Sin creates a barrier between us and God. If we want to break down the barriers we need to understand God is greater than the barrier. Through the process of recovery, He has given us hope for reconciliation with Him.

Prayer is one of the most important processes of recovery. I learned early on in recovery that when I talked to God, listened to His response and guidance things were a lot easier.

From a personal point of view, I also realised I have to think too much about something it is not good for me and it is not from God.

WHAT WE NEED NOT WHAT WE WANT
When you do ask for something, you don’t receive it. Why? Because you ask for the wrong reason..
James 4:3

IT TAKES FAITH
Without faith, it isn’t possible to please God. Hebrews 11:6

IT TAKES BELIEF
“I tell you, when you pray for something, believe that you have already received it.” Mark 11:24

STOP WORRYING ABOUT IT
Don’t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him.
Philippians 4:6

Prayer: Lord when I talk to You teach me to also stop and listen.

I could not do this on my own!

John 16:21-22When a woman gives birth, she has a hard time, there’s no getting around it. But when the baby is born, there is joy in the birth. This new life in the world wipes out the memory of the pain. The sadness you have right now is similar to that pain, but the coming joy is also similar.”

There is no pain we have that Jesus cannot heal. Starting out in recovery in 1987 was difficult for me. I had burned every relationship and every support network in my life by putting my addictions and compulsions before everything else. I felt the pain of the consequences of my bad thoughts, actions, and behaviors. I knew what it was like to be all alone.

Somewhere deep within my soul, I knew I needed help outside of myself. Not Human help but God’s help and I found the courage to honestly face the truth about my life and I must admit facing the reality of who I was and what I had done led me to relapse. But in the midst of my relapse, God spoke to me and because I responded to His calling I am here today living a life I never dreamed of or expected. I could not do this on my own! I needed Jesus Christ. My One True Higher Power. Because of Him I no longer the pain of my previous life and for that I am Thankful

It has been a while since I posted on this blog. But tonight God prompted me to log on. Going forward I want to share my experience, strength, and hope here to encourage others who are not as far down the ‘Recovery Road’ as I am and to share the love that God has shared with me since my journey began.

What The Bible Says

About Comfort

Gods’s a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times. God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds.

Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders– he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.

Psalms 9:9 ~ Psalms 46:1 ~ Psalms 147:3 ~ Psalms 55:22
#Trouble #Carry #Need

Discussion Starter #49

Discovering Recovery

Psalm 119:162 I’m filled with joy because of your promise. It’s like finding a great fortune.

I remember it like it was yesterday. My AHA! Moment. In that first meeting. When I discovered the importance of God and relationship with Him in the process of recovery.

I believe that was the day of my Salvation, not the day I became a Christian but the day I discovered I needed God. After that first meeting, I don’t think it mattered when I left the rehab I would still be here writing this now. Because that day Jesus became my One True Higher Power.

  • Have you had an AHA! moment?
  • What was it?
  • What did you do about it?

#Salvation #Need #Meeting

Prayer: Lord, today help me realize I need You. Not only believing but receiving and sharing in relationship with you.

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