“The great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you—that’s the agenda for rejoicing.” Luke 10:20 #VerseForToday #LivingLifeRecovery
When we pray to God and He responds it increases our consciousness of His presence in our lives.
Mark 8:17 Jesus overheard and said, “Don’t you see the point of all this? Don’t you get it at all?”
Many of us for a long time failed to admit we had a problem. We closed our eyes to the truth. We did not want to face the sad fact of being dependent on substances outside of our control. Recovery as an ongoing process relies on us opening our eyes. Realising and admitting that on our own we cannot achieve or maintain a balanced life.
Have we opened our eyes to our need ‘to see Jesus’ as our One True Higher Power? To take responsiblity and do something about changing the effect of our past on today? God is offering us all A Way Out. It is through relationship with Him via The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit left to walk with us by Jesus. We need to rid ourselves of the past and the way to do that is by opening our eyes, facing the truth and being open to His divine presence in and through our lives
1 John 1:9 God is faithful and fair. If we admit that we have sinned, he will forgive us our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure.
Through our confession God forgives us. Then, through Jesus, He provides a way for us to enter His presence and share in community with others.
Most of my life growing up I got involved with the wrong people and did the wrong things for one reason. I wanted to belong.
Coming into recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous didn’t change that for me. I still felt different.
It wasn’t till I got into a relationship with Jesus and started doing what He guided me to do. Going to the places, He prompted me to go I felt I was where I belonged.
- Do you feel lost?
- What do you need to do to belong?
Prayer: Lord show me the place You want me to be and help me belong.
Job 33:14 God always answers, one way or another, even when people don’t recognize his presence.
There will be a highway called the Holy Road. No one rude or rebellious is permitted on this road. It’s for GOD’s people exclusively– impossible to get lost on this road. Not even fools can get lost on it. Isaiah 35:8
The highway called the ‘Holy Road’ is God’s recover program for His people. He provided a way out of exile, and also provides a passage through the desert of pain and suffering into His presence. The road is without danger because God travels with us. We are not alone as we fight the battles of life, never alone because He is with us, strengthening us and helping us overcome temptation.
Returning to life without our addictions and compulsions can be filled with many unexpected and unwanted changes. Recovery is not going to solve all our problems, they could also increase, as we tackle problems we have avoided for a long time. The ‘Good News’ can is it can be successfully done. We can disassociate with our reckless, selfish past and develop a new way of living with God’s guidance, help and support.
Tell fearful souls, “Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right And redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!” Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped, Lame men and women will leap like deer, the voiceless break into song. Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness, streams flow in the desert. Isaiah 35:4-6
Thank You Lord, for the essential reminders of the process of transformation possible through the application of Your program of recovery.