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2021 | Day 362 | Morning Harmony

Recovery always involves other people. We cannot move forward in recovery unless we make carrying the message of hope to others an integral part of our life. We discover as we share our story of life-changing character, we will gain new strength to keep going in our own struggle. even when things get tough or don’t go according to our plan.

All I ever wanted in my life was to be guilt-free and happy. I tried many ways, in my own strength to make that happen, wanted recovery on my terms. It wasn’t till I submitted my life to God I discovered that my guilt could only be relieved through His forgiveness and my continued search for His will for my life. My strength could only be revived through the implementation of His plan and continued faith He has my best interest at heart. Always.

in Jude 1:1-3  Jude said,”I am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ.  Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!  Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish.

My own observation on Day 362 of 2021 is that we too need to RELAX and trust that everything is going to be alright. God has a plan for each of us and in His time it will all come together to help us be the person He is calling us to be if we just put into practice what we have learned about the process of Living Life Recovery.

Thought for Today

Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me. Warm me, your servant, with a smile; save me because you love me. Don’t embarrass me by not showing up; I’ve given you plenty of notice. Embarrass the wicked, stand them up, leave them stupidly shaking their heads as they drift down to hell. Gag those loudmouthed liars who heckle me, your follower, with jeers and catcalls. Psalms 31:14-18

God alone can deliver us from addiction. Without Him, we try and fail. Ask anyone who has successfully walked the recovery road for any length of time and I am sure they will give the glory of their success to Him. Some years ago I went to an AA meeting here in Victoria where I was asked to share my story. I did, and after the meeting, a number of the group participants came to me and said that they knew and agreed with what I said but were unable to share their own experiences of God with the group for fear of retribution.

God is willing to forgive and empower us as we go through the recovery process. Paul writes in Philippians 1:20 I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Boldly we need to learn to share what God has done, is doing, and has promised to do for us through the process of recovery. Failure to do so may rob someone of the opportunity to express what He has done for them and help someone not as far on the walk as we are to stumble. Do you want that on your conscience? I don’t

Morning Harmony #13

Unbuckled Guilt

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him”. John 3:16-18

When we look back on our lives, we remember the many things that could have brought God’s condemnation upon us. We have often failed to live out our best intentions let alone God’s expectations of us. As we look back, we can see the things that caused us to fail. Through the process of recovery, we want to be rid of those things. We want to be able to accept God’s forgiveness for our past sins and failures. We want to live in the knowledge that He does not condemn us.

My faith in God’s forgiveness of my past sins gives me a ‘sense of freedom’ Before I accepted Jesus Christ as my One True Higher Power, I was always conscious of my guilt. Sure, that sooner or later I would have to pay for my wrongdoing. Today I know my sin and my guilt has been taken away through His precious blood. My peace of heart and mind dependend on walking daily with Him. Safe in His forgiveness, without condemnation.

It is necessary for me to believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I can take to heart the promises, and be relieved of so much that used to bother me. Romans 8:1 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud.

RECOVERY IS A GIFT FROM GOD
Now in a single victorious stroke of Life, -sin, guilt, death–are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! 1 Corinthians 15:57

STOP BLAMING OTHERS
Now is the time to forgive this man and help him back on his feet. If all you do is pour on the guilt, you could very well drown him in it. My counsel now is to pour on the love. 2 Corinthians 2:7-8

ONE TRUE HIGHER POWER
If Christ wasn’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever.
1 Corinthians 15:17

#Safe #Forgiveness #Accept

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UNBUCKLED FROM GUILT
             John 3:18

 

 

Morning Start-Up
When I look back on my past it is easy to remember all the things I did wrong. Things I could have been condemned for. I often have failed to live up to my own expectations and best intentions let alone God’s expectations of me. Having discovered new-life through the Salvation Army Bridge Programme I was able to accept God’s forgiveness of my past mistakes and failures. I learned to live each day in the knowledge that He does not condemn me. His forgiveness  replaces my condemnation.

Meditation
My faith in God and His forgiveness of my sins gives me a sense of freedom. Before I accepted Jesus as my One True Higher Power I always felt guilty. I believed that sooner or later my past would catch up with me and I would have to pay for the wrongs I had committed. Now that I live my life in relationship with Him I know my guilt has been taken away. My peace of mind and heart depends on me walking each day with Him. I am safe in God’s forgiveness because of Him.

It is imperative in my daily life to accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God. To take to heart His promises for me and live relieved of my condemnation Romans 8:1 

Prayer
 
I thank God that my past sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ. I pray that He will always keep me in His love and free from condemnation.

 

God Is Ready To Help


Psalm 46:1 God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains.
The WORD For Recovery

A Safe Place


Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people. Tell him all of your troubles. God is our place of safety.

Pour out your heart in prayer to God. Don’t hold anything back. Tell Him everything. Why? Because it is safe to do so.

Pre-recovery I never felt safe anywhere. I trusted no-one and if I am honestly never really cared about anyone. I was self-centered and self-motivated. I was always weighing up the WIFM (what’s in it for me) before I proceeded to do anything. I certainly didn’t trust anyone, including myself.

Learning to trust God in my life was a slower process than most people who know me might think. I love this verse in the Bible Luke 16:10 “Suppose you can be trusted with very little. Then you can be trusted with a lot. But suppose you are not honest with very little. Then you will not be honest with a lot.

  •  How much can God trust you?

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He Keeps us Safe


Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep. Lord, you alone keep me safe.

 In recovery we need to feel safe and secure in order to be vulnerable enough to change what we need to change without fear.

The root of most of what is wrong with our character is fear. We all have areas in our lives where we are weak and afraid.

Recovery is about learning first of all to deal with the fear, then to do what we need to do to overcome it. To do that we all need help and the hep we need is Jesus Christ.

He kept me safe by walking through my fears with me.  I needed to including Him in changing my life.

I had some pretty big issues to deal with in step four. I had tried to change them on my own before and failed.

 

  • What issues are you experience you are having problems changing on you own?

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Recovery Devotion 141, 2017


A Safe Place

Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people. Tell him all of your troubles. God is our place of safety.

Pour out your heart in prayer to God. Don’t hold anything back. Tell Him everything. Why? Because it is safe to do so.

Pre- recovery I never felt safe anywhere. I trusted no- one and if I am honest never really cared about anyone. I was self- centered and self- motivated. I was always weighing up the WIFM (what’s in it for me) before I proceeded to do anything. I certainly didn’t trust anyone, including myself.

Learning to trust God in my life was a slower process than most people who know me might think. I love this verse in the Bible Luke 16:10 “Suppose you can be trusted with very little. Then you can be trusted with a lot. But suppose you are not honest with very little. Then you will not be honest with a lot.”

– How much can God trust you?

Prayer: Lord help me to be honest and earn Your trust.

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