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2022 | Spiritual Foundations | Week Four

Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 3:11

A large contributor to how well we progress in recovery is based on what we do at the beginning, what foundations we establish to build our new lives on. 

Now I never understood this when I first came to recovery. I thought you do the Twelve Steps, one to twelve, and when you have done them all you have recovery. But there’s more to it than that. Because when we first enter recovery many of us are too sick to understand the twelve steps. That’s why I believe one of the first things we should all do in the process of recovery is establishing clear spiritual foundations (because it’s a spiritual program) and make them the foundation stones of our recovery.  Failing to build on an enduring foundation leads to destruction.

–  What are your foundation stones of recovery? 

Prayer: Lord help me today to identify Your foundations’ stones to life-changing recovery.

  1. GROWTH IN UNDERSTANDING

Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!
                                 
2 Peter 3:18

Proverbs 18:2 
Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth.

Proverbs 2:2 Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding.

2, GROWTH IN OBEDIENCE

We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more about how God works, you will learn how to do your work. Colossians 1:10

Acts 5:29 “It’s necessary to obey God rather than men.”

1 Peter 1:14 Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now.

3. GROWTH IN FAITH

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:6

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

James 1:22-24

2021 | Day 364 | Morning Harmony

The Blessings of God’s Grace: Salvation through the process of recovery is good news! This is especially true because God offers it to us freely even though we do not deserve it. This Good News goes beyond God’s offer to pay for our sins; God also seeks to transform our lives so we can live daily with the reality of His power. None of us needs to be afraid. Regardless of our past or our failures relationship with God is not based on our success, It is based on His provision for the forgiveness of our sins—Jesus Christ. As we trust our lives to Him, He forgives us and empowers us to live according to His will for us.

MEDITATION

Ephesians 2:10  says, “we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.”

The time for action in each of our lives is now, TODAY! We learn early in our recovery journey the slogan ONE DAY ATA TIME and the importance of making the most of what we have now. None of us arrived here by accident. It was all a plan. We need to learn that and apply what we learn from Him and His Word to help those still suffering the negative effect of addiction and compulsion. we need to learn TO BE LIKE JESUS in all that we say and do.

PRAYER

Lord help me today, show me the way One Day at a Time!

2021 | Day 360

Discussion Starter

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide-open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience, in turn, forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:1-5

By entering recovery we have hope that God will bless us because of the decision we have made/ However we cannot expect the Holy Spirit to help us to grow spiritually unless we are willing to go to any lengths. Saying we will is not enough. Recovery requires action. Going along with the crowd does not suffice. we must commit not only to believing God can help us change but also to do what we need to do to help Him help us to change.

We hope and yes, sometimes we pray that change is in our future but are we WILLING to leave our comfort zones, to go where we have not gone before, and do things that are not in our common. behavioral patters?

With five days left in 2021, I wonder What have you achieved this year? Every year around this time I like to do inventory on my Year that Was! and pray about what I would like to achieve in the year ahead. We have all heard the saying IF YOU AIM AT NOTHING YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU AIM FOR? Over the coming year, I have many, many plans I would like to achieve. For the past couple of months, I have been preparing for 2022. There’s more to come, the scripture above says. My question to everyone reading this tonight is ARE YOU READY FOR GOD’s MORE TO COME? I hope so and I hope that with the help of your One True Higher Power He will give you all you need to achieve it.

Entrust your life to Him

“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.

STOP and look how far you have come.

In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it, and improve my relationship with Him,
I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible, and meditating on it.

Galatians 4:9 Now you know God. Even better, God knows you. So why are you turning back to those weak and worthless beliefs? Do you want to be slaves to them all over again?

Change in our lives is not always easy. In fact, most of the time it’s hard. And it doesn’t usually happen quickly. That’s why recovery is a process. There will be times in the process when you will feel like throwing in the towel. Days when you think it is all too hard. I want to encourage you today to keep going, you are doing well.

If you are feeling like that right now take time today to stop and look back. Take inventory on where you came from, where you are now and how you got here, to this point.


Keep Praying

Pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. Don’t suppress the Spirit, 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19

God designs all for good, even when we can’t see it. Sometimes we pray for something and it doesn’t happen according to our schedule so we give up praying about it.

For me, as hard as it may seem it was the process of helping others in recovery. I have always believed, and still, believe that is my God-given purpose. In 2005 God gave me a vision for Living Life Recovery. He gave me a map of how it would unfold if I relied on Him. The map came without timelines. So when things have progressed how I thought they should or to the timeline I had set I sometimes became disheartened. But I didn’t stop praying and I didn’t stop trying everything in my power to help others in recovery.

GOD HELPS US TO FACE UP TO THE TRUTH
Blessed be God— he heard me praying. He proved he’s on my side; I’ve thrown my lot in with him. Now I’m jumping for joy, and shouting and singing my thanks to him. Psalms 28:6-7

THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT GOD POINTS US IN THE DIRECTION HE WANTS US TO GO
Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.” Isaiah 30:20-21

RECOVERY IS PREPARING US TO HELP OTHERS WHERE WE CAN

Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help the needy; be inventive in hospitality. Romans 12:12-13

Step Ten – Week One

STEP TEN  Now that I am in the process of change, I will check myself daily to make sure I am not
slipping back into my old ways and if I am, I will take steps to rectify it.

“Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.1 Corinthians 10:12

Have confidence in God’s involvement in your spiritual growth. I knew a guy once. Shared a halfway house with Him in early recovery, who believed the way for God to help Him was to write out the Bible word for word.

I am not saying that was a bad thing but there was no evidence of any change in him because of it. Other than the fact he would get down on himself if he didn’t write the Bible every day.

I don’t believe God wants us to kill ourselves doing things that have no obvious effect on our character.

Psalms 119:66 says “Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.” We all know the difference between right and wrong and God wants us to live right.

Psalms 25:8-10 says “God is fair and just; He corrects the misdirected, Sends them in the right direction. He gives the rejects his hand And leads them step-by-step. From now on every road you travel Will take you to God. Follow the Covenant signs; Read the charted directions.”

We need to place our faith securely in Him. We need to allow Him to point out the things in us He wants us to change confidently trust that step by step He will lead us down the road He has prepared for us to travel.

Step ten is about daily checking we are doing what God is prompting us to do, not just going through the motions of sobriety but checking our and adapting our character to align with His Word and His guidance.


Listen to “Step Ten – Week One” by Archie Boyle ⚓ https://anchor.fm/living-life-recovery/episodes/Step-Ten–Week-One-e189e5t/a-a6fhvl

What the Bible Says about Self-Confidence

“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.” Romans 8:5-8

Hebrews 10:26 If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice

Luke 21:34 “But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap,

Romans 8:29 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.

Ephesians 1:4 Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.

“”Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

Jesus Christ – Light of the World

Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:4-5

God advertised Himself in Jesus. (The express image of the Father) Roman 3:25 God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public. The eternal Light colourfully displayed in Person for a short thirty-three years. At creation the resounding command “Let there be Light.” and there was light. God broke through to lighten the darkness. Centuries later Jesus appears on earth to shatter the gloom in human hearts, to dispel the darkness of godlessness and light the way to discovering God.

John 3:19This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God.”

God made the natural world of colour and beauty. He made it all. But, from the tragic moment of transgression in Eden’s paradise garden God chose to reveal Himself. Jesus the Light Bringer in authority contested over death and hell. Victorious He stands today and draws us into His Kingdom of light and truth. The choice of moving forward or drawing back ours as we progress in this process of recovery to become all that He is calling us to be, and discover all He has prepared for us.

Forgiveness is a choice

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” Matthew 6:12-15

Forgiveness is an important part of the process. Sometimes we have difficulty letting go of anger and resentment towards those who have hurt us. Asking God for forgiveness is hypocritical unless we are willing to forgive others/ Forgiveness from Him can be forfeited and denied when we deny forgiveness to others.

There is a connection between what we do and what God does. It can be easy to forget what He has done for us as our lives improve. Lamentations 3:21-24 says ‘there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up………………  I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.‘ God’s grace comes in daily doses and we need to ask ourselves “Just for today am I willing to forgive others?” or am I just trying to escape my current situation or circumstances?

Remember: not everybody is in recovery.

AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF CHANGE, I WILL IDENTIFY AND RECORD EVERYONE I HAVE HARMED AND THROUGH PRAYER BECOME WILLING TO MAKE RESTITUTION TO THEM

Matthew 6:14 “Forgive people when they sin against you. If you do, your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you.

One of the problems with the process of recovery is not everyone is in recovery, even though we all need it. We need to remember this fact when it comes to making our list. The purpose of recovery is to help us live better lives through personal change with God’s help. It is not to make others love us or accept us more and it is not for others to change because we have.

The fact is as we grow spiritually and change our habits and attitudes we may still come across people who will treat us badly. In those instances, we need to stop, say a prayer, and leave them in God’s hands.

  • Are you ready to let God deal with the people you can’t deal with?

Prayer: Lord help me today to accept that recovery is about You helping me to change myself not others.

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