Tag: Sponsor

2022 | Day Twelve | Discussion Starter


James 1:19  Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.

I remember when I first came to recovery my sponsor said to me ‘take the cotton wool out of your ears and put it in your mouth.”

The best advice I ever received. None of us ended up here, in recovery because we wanted to. None of us got up one day and said “it’s a nice day, the sun is shining I think I will go to recovery.” We ended up in recovery because God knew it is where we need to be.

My advice to everyone reading this today is to listen to those who have been here longer than you. They know more because they have traveled the road longer and have more experience.

  • How did you arrive in recovery?
  • Are you willing to learn from others?

Prayer: Just for today Lord open my ears and my mind. Teach me to listen to and advice and apply it?

People who talk all the time tend to think less. Usually interested in their own satisfaction than those they are speaking to. Lack of restraint is a condition in which sin loves to work.

It says in Proverbs 13:7 “A pretentious, showy life is an empty life.” Proverbs 14:2 says “An honest life shows respect for God.” And, Psalm 146:3 says “Don’t put your life in the hands of experts who know nothing about life,”

One of the most important steps in the recovery process is to get a ‘sponsor’ or ‘mentor’ They need to be God-selected and they need to be living a life that pleases God. Otherwise, they are just going to teach you their bad habits, wrong beliefs and encourage you to follow their words instead of Gods.

RECOVERY IS SIMPLE BUT NOT ALWAYS EASY

God has a Plan and a Purpose for us all


Read: Psalm 32:8-11
Focus Verse: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

God has a plan and a purpose for us all. Just as He created us all in His image as individuals His plan for our recovery is individual.

One of the most important aspects of the recovery process is the subject of sponsors/mentors. We all need one, but they need to be the right one. Sponsors/mentors in the process of recovery are special individuals. Whose God-given task is to guide and support people on God’s path for them. It is not to create carbon copies of ourselves.

The carbon copy of recovery is Jesus Christ and our goal through the process of character change needs to be to become more like Him.

  • Do you have a Sponsor or Mentor who is helping you in recovery?

 

Prayer: Lord help me discover Your individual plan for my life and follow it.

 

We need to be careful not give in to the influences of others at the cost of jeopardising our recovery.

 

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.

 

You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Ask yourself this question “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people

 

Matthew 5:16 ~ Matthew 7:12 ~ Matthew 10:32

1 Corinthians 12:2 ~ Galatians 1:10

Mentoring


STEP TWELVE

Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.

 

  1. In order to keep it, you have to give it away.
  2. You can’t give away what you don’t have.
  3. The only way to get it is ‘Living Life Recovery’ one day at a time in a relationship with Him.

 

LLR – STEP TWELVE


Galatians 6.1-10

This week at Living Life Recovery at Connect Christian Church in Hastings we are looking at Step Twelve. Often we get to step twelve and say to ourselves “I must not be there yet because I am not helping anyone.” Chapter 6 in the book of Galatians describes a spirit of tolerance and forgiveness towards people who fail. It also offers encouragement for us when growing tired of doing good and appears we are not getting anywhere.

Step twelve includes so many areas of our lives we don’t always consider in the process of recovery and on Monday, August 21st at 7:30 pm we are going to take some time to look at them.

  1. STEP TWELVE INCLUDES YOUR GROUP

Brothers and sisters, someone in your group might do something wrong. You who are following the Spirit should go to the one who is sinning. Help make that person right again, and do it in a gentle way. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin too. Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you are obeying the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to do this, you are only fooling yourself. Galatians 6:1-3

2. STEP TWELVE INCLUDES YOU
Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours. Galatians 6:4-5

3. STEP TWELVE INCLUDES YOUR SPONSOR

Whoever is being taught God’s word should share the good things they have with the one who is teaching them. Galatians 6:6

 4. STEP TWELVE INCLUDES GOD

If you think you can fool God, you are only fooling yourselves. You will harvest what you plant. If you live to satisfy your sinful self, the harvest you will get from that will be eternal death. But if you live to please the Spirit, your harvest from the Spirit will be eternal life.
Galatians 6:7-8

 5. STEP TWELVE INCLUDES OUTREACH

We must not get tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up. When we have the opportunity to do good to anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10

Join us Monday night at Connect Christian Church if you want to explore the promises of God for your life.

 

2016 Day 103


Step Nine:– Having identified the people I have harmed, I will now go and make restitution to them. Unless to do is going to cause them or other pain or suffering.

Genesis 33:1-11 Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his four hundred men. He divided the children between Leah and Rachel and the two maidservants. He put the maidservants out in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. He led the way and, as he approached his brother, bowed seven times, honoring his brother.But Esau ran up and embraced him, held him tight and kissed him. And they both wept. Then Esau looked around and saw the women and children: “And who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children that God saw fit to bless me with.” Then the maidservants came up with their children and bowed; then Leah and her children, also bowing; and finally, Joseph and Rachel came up and bowed to Esau. Esau then asked, “And what was the meaning of all those herds that I met?” “I was hoping that they would pave the way for my master to welcome me.” Esau said, “Oh, brother. I have plenty of everything–keep what is yours for yourself.”  Jacob said, “Please. If you can find it in your heart to welcome me, accept these gifts. When I saw your face, it was as the face of God smiling on me.  Accept the gifts I have brought for you. God has been good to me and I have more than enough.” Jacob urged the gifts on him and Esau accepted.

  • Who are you afraid to make amends to?
  • Do you have a mentor, sponsor or trusted friend who will support you as you complete Step Nine?

 

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