Tag: Recover

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.


Eating Kingdom Dinner

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30

We all reach ‘Rock Bottom’ where we find we cannot go on and along comes Jesus. Not just offering a way forward but also offering us a relationship where He will walk with us but also to teach us how to live.

Years ago a man had to take a voyage by sea. On the boat he fed himself on cheeses and crackers. Near the end of the journey he was speaking to another passenger who said to him. “Isn’t it great how all the food and entertainment is all included on the voyage?”

Luke 14:15 says “How fortunate the one who gets to eat dinner in God’s kingdom!” God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. Don’t miss yours because you fail to focus on what He has prepared for you and is equipping you to do.

Step Eight ~ Week Three

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

My name is Archie, and I am a recovered alcoholic. Recovered through the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit moving in and through my life on a daily basis.


Acts 3:19-26 “Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus. For the time being, he must remain out of sight in heaven until everything is restored to order again just the way God, through the preaching of his holy prophets of old, said it would be. Moses, for instance, said, ‘Your God will raise up for you a prophet just like me from your family. Listen to every word he speaks to you. Every last living soul who refuses to listen to that prophet will be wiped out from the people.’ “All the prophets from Samuel on down said the same thing, said most emphatically that these days would come. These prophets, along with the covenant God made with your ancestors, are your family tree. God’s covenant word to Abraham provides the text: ‘By your offspring, all the families of the earth will be blessed.’ But you are first in line: God, having raised up his Son, sent him to bless you as you turn, one by one, from your evil ways.”


Today’s reading is taken from the message. Over the years I have been involved in churches I have had people telling me “the message is not a version of the Bible.” So before I share what God has given me to share tonight I want to say “without the message I would not be here!” When I first came to a decision in my life in 1989 if I wanted to get serious about changing my life I had to get to know – about God and His way of living. At that time, I was given a copy of the message New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs and they became my lifeline. At the time I read a Proverb a day and a chapter of the New Testament. And it changed my life.

It says in the Bible in Romans 12:2 Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. For me that verse was life-changing. All I ever wanted in my life was to fit in. I never felt like I did and if I am honest a lot of the time now, I still feel like that.

Tonight, I want to begin by sharing the preamble of Living Life Recovery, given to me in 2005 when God challenged me about what I was doing with people with addictions and how was I going to get involved?


The Preamble
Living Life Recovery is a safe place where people can come, share, and investigate the realities of God’s promises for themselves.
We believe that as we investigate God’s promises for our lives and practice the ‘Spiritual Principles of Recovery’ as outlined in ‘God’s Word we will find the strength and freedom we need to live productive and peaceful lives.

We welcome anyone who has a sincere desire to change their lives. To rise above the pain and turmoil caused by dependencies and compulsive behaviours their own lives or the lives of a loved one or friend.

We are here to worship God and to share our experience, strength, and hope with each other. The support of other members, daily prayer, and reading of ‘The Bible’ prepares us to experience total serenity in Christ no matter what our outward circumstances may be.

Attendance at 12 Step groups and establishing an accountability relationship with a trusted more experienced member is strongly encouraged.

We are dedicated to the principles of anonymity and confidentiality. Nothing shared in our ‘Group Discussions’ will leave the group in any form.

Gossip and bad language have no place in a ‘Christian Recovery Ministry’ and will not be tolerated


I have been running my website http://LivingLifeRecovery.com since 2008 with a view to reaching people with addictions and sharing my faith with them in hope that they might get a glimpse of what God has in store for them and want to pursue it. The website I try to keep it twelve steps centred as I believe strongly that the steps are a great tool that God wants to use to influence the lives of people with addictions. I also believe that if the entire church would learn and adapt the twelve steps to their daily living the people in them would live a better version of what the Bible is talking about than they do now. Another reason I like the message is that I have found through my own experience of reading and studying it the language used is easy to understand and it speaks more in day-to-day vocabulary than some of the other versions.

I have been tempted over the years to move away from the message because I don’t feel people in churches take you seriously in your faith when you are not using a Bible they approve of.

Anyway back to today’s scripture.

In Acts Chapters 2 and 3 in his speeches, I think Peter gives us good examples of adapting God’s message to your audience. On speaking to the Jews gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost he relied heavily on quotes from the Old Testament. If you read those two chapters, you will realize that his words were so effective 3,000 people were converted.

That in itself made me think “how can I best use my own experience, strength, and hope to reach the people God places in my sphere of influence?” I am not a preacher, I am not a teacher, nor am I particularly gifted in sharing the Bible with other people. What I do have I believe is the experience of walking daily with the Holy Spirit and via Him learning to trust and obey God in my life. When I first started blogging my wife asked me the question “What are you going to talk about, that people want to listen to.” A few years ago, she said to me “you better right some of this stuff down, so it is not lost.”

The difference in my life and in my recovery is my daily walk with the Holy Spirit. This week I wanted to talk about something totally different that than I am. But the Holy Spirit prompted me to speak about this. So here goes: What I would like to do is take these verses, break them down and expand on what the Holy Spirit and I discussed as I lay awake in bed on Wednesday night.

Acts 3:19-20 say “Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus.

IT IS NOW TIME TO REPENT
Acts 2:38 Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  • Repentance is necessary for relationship with God.
  • Repentance is our only hope of receiving God’s mercy.
  • Repentance open the way to a new life with God.
  • Repentance allows us to receive God’s forgiveness.

IT IS TIME TO FACE UP TO WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US
Hebrews 9:28 Christ’s death was …. a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation.

  • Salvation means we are forgiven by grace through faith.
  • Salvation means our guilt is gone – the slate is clear.
  • Jesus promised that if we believe in Him, we will receive salvation.

IT IS TIME TO RECEIVE JESUS AS OUR ONE TRUE HIGHER POWER

  • Jesus is all powerful.
  • Jesus gives life.
  • Jesus is the Highest Authority.

Acts 3:21-22 For the time being he [Jesus} must remain out of sight in heaven until everything is restored to order again just the way God, through the preaching of his holy prophets of old, said it would be. Moses, for instance, said, ‘Your God will raise up for you a prophet just like me from your family. Listen to every word he speaks to you.

The Way of God

  • God guides us.
  • God works everything in our lives out for His plan.
  • God directs every event in our lives.

IT IS TIME TO LISTEN TO GOD

  • Listening to God helps us to grow and mature spiritually.
  • Listening to God keeps us on the right track.
  • Listening to God helps us to make the right decisions for our lives.

Acts 3:24-26 All the prophets from Samuel on down said the same thing, said most emphatically that these days would come. These prophets, along with the covenant God made with your ancestors, are your family tree. God’s covenant word to Abraham provides the text: ‘By your offspring, all the families of the earth will be blessed.’ But you are first in line: God, having raised up his Son, sent him to bless you as you turn, one by one, from your evil ways.”

  • There is no such thing as coincidences.
  • We are all part of the family of God.
  • It begins with me.
  • Blessings from God come with changed life.

Step eight is about relationships. It is about establishing and maintaining a friendship with God, through the Holy Spirit.

  • True friendships are bonded in loyalty and commitment.
    Proverbs 17:17 Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.

  • Friendships are destroyed when boundaries are violated.
  • Everybody wants friends, but we are not all willing to invest in relationships.
  • Everyone goes through times when relationships are strained. Examine the cause of the strains.
  • God is your constant friend. He will never leave you and as a bonus He will help you to do whatever it is you need to do to complete the eighth step.

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.

Clearing the mess with God’s help.

I admitted I was out of control.

At no point in my life growing up have I ever felt that I was in control of my life. In my childhood years my life was controlled by my parents, the choices, and decisions they made for me. In my teenage years and early adult years my life was controlled by my addiction, the choices, and decisions I made. So admitting I was out of control came very easy to me.

The first step in the process of my recovery was defining how to move forward. I believed then and believe now recovery is a three-step process. They are:


RECOVERYthe discovery of what is good and helpful
1 Corinthians 10:23 Some of you say, “We can do whatever we want to!” But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful.


REPENTANCE turning from the wrong way of living
2 Chronicles 7:14 My God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins.

RELIVINGaccepting God’s forgiveness
Romans 4:7-8 Fortunate those whose crimes are carted off, whose sins are wiped clean from the slate.  Fortunate the person against whom the Lord does not keep score.

LLR Thought For Today

Thank God! Pray to him by name! Tell everyone you meet what he has done! Psalms 105:1

Thought for Today
I have permission, from God, through His Word to share His ‘Good News and to share what He has done is doing and promises to do in my life. No one has a right to tell me when to share it or where to share it. And so do you! As a recovered alcoholic through the Saving Grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the ‘Holy Spirit,’ I have experienced firsthand the power of His marvelous works in my life. Through the years I have discovered nothing excites people more to ear our personal stories of the wonderfully exciting things He has done in and through us.

Meditation for Today
Today my hope and prayer is that I will listen to Him and understand the things He wants me to do and share them with others as He prompts me to. I will not allow others to define my faith and determine how and where I share it so I may glorify Him in my life and others might hear His story of hope as they struggle with life’s problems and look for solutions.

Prayer for Today
My Lord and my God, my One True Higher Power help me boldly share with others what You have done in my life so they might seek You and Your will for their lives and become vessels of Your use in Your Work of reaching others struggling with the effects of their life problems.

Discussion Starter #37

Recovery is Contagious

Acts 16:31 “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live–and everyone in your house included!”

Over the life of my recovery I have watched members of my immediate family change because of the changes they have seen in me. Do they profess to be Christian? I don’t know. They are all believers. The same as I was before I came into recovery.

The one thing I am sure of God is working in each of them and He has changed them whether they acknowledge Him or not.

The other thing I know is because of my decision to change and its effect on my children. My kids are not into the things I was growing up.

Recovery changes our lives and it also changes the lives of those in our sphere of influence.

  • Have you noticed changes in others because of your recovery?

#Change #Recover #Grow

Conquerors inherit all this. I’ll be God to them, they’ll be sons and daughters to me. Revelation 21:7

In a single victorious stroke of Life, all three–sin, guilt, death–are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! 1 Corinthians 15:57

Jesus said “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33


I am not the same!

Prayer: God through my example change those I love and cherish.

Discussion Starter #29

Self-Deception

Proverbs 28:26 Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish. But a person who lives wisely is kept safe.

“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 m 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?

#Learn #Remember #Recover

What The Bible Says

Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family.

Take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll always be there to help you come through it. Saving is all His idea, and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!

Prayer: God today I acknowledge I can’t do this alone. Show me who to trust in the process of recovery.

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