Through the process of recovery, God creates opportunities for us. We need His guidance to see and pursue.
Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Matthew 13:14 ~ Romans 12:3 ~ 1 Corinthians 12:2 ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12 ~ Philippians 4:8-9
Matthew 7:17-20 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
The Word of God often likens people to trees. People trying to constantly live under the guidance and instruction of ‘Gods Word’ are said to be Psalms 1:3 ‘like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.’ A lovely picture for people walking daily in the recovery process, planted and sustained by God. Producing lives that reflect something of what Jesus spoke about in the ‘Sermon on the Mount.”
Many of us, if totally honest have to admit we have little to show for the years of our mere existence. “nothing but leaves” is one of the ways the Bible explains it. Our ability to produce fruit that benefits others just wishful thinking. Because we have no life-source within.
Before we can aspire to God’s expectations of us changes are required. Placing ourselves at the disposal of God a necessity. In John 15:4 Jesus says “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me.”
Step Four says “In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help – my sinful habits and attitudes.” When you take an honest look at your sinful habits and attitudes. What do you see? and what do you need to change?
Don’t brag about your plans for tomorrow—wait and see what happens. Don’t praise yourself; let others do it! A rebel’s frustrations are heavier than sand and rocks.
Genesis 21:1 God visited Sarah exactly as he said he would; God did to Sarah what he promised.
Commit to Recovery
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.” Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward–to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision–you’ll see it yet!
Matthew 5:10 ~ John 6:29 ~ 2 Corinthians 8:12 ~ Philippians 3:12-15
God keeps His word. Whatever He promises us we can be sure it will happen and we can be committed to it. Like Sarah sometimes we can believe complete recovery is impossible but with God all things are possible. When we are totally committed to the recovery process we can ne sure “God will clear our blurred vision” and we will “see” “God beckoning us onward” in the process.
Colossians 1:16 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.
1 John 4:20 If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
1 Corinthians 16:9 I will stay here, because a good opportunity
for a great and growing work has been given to me now.
The seemingly impossible in our lives are opportunities for God to work in and through our lives.
God did the impossible when He saved me through the process of recovery. My life was going nowhere and I didn’t see any opportunity of that changing. But God had other plans. He answered my prayers, did the impossible in my life and now because of Him I have an opportunity to be part of a great and growing recovery work. So do you.
- Take time to do inventory on what has happened to you up till now in recovery. Can you see the opportunities?
Prayer: Thank you God for showing me Your opportunities for my life.
1 Corinthians 15:10 Because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it.
I am what I am because of what He made me. Over the life of my recovery journey I have had many opportunities I would have never received if not for the Grace of God. Some of the things I have done at the time I did not understand or see the logic in them, but I did them anyway. I did them because in 1989 I gave God control of my life. I believe I am what I am today because of Him. One of the keys to becoming what God wants is availability.
- Are you Ready For Anything! and willing to let God do what He wants in and through your life?
Pay attention: I’m teaching you the rules and regulations that God commanded me, so that you may live by them in the land you are entering to take up ownership. Keep them. Practice them. You’ll become wise and understanding. When people hear and see what’s going on, they’ll say, “What a great nation! So wise, so understanding! We’ve never seen anything like it.” Deuteronomy 4:5-6