I have a strong belief that most people fail in the process of recovery because they don’t plan not to. Many of us think simply going through the motions of the Twelve Steps is going to keep us sober, It won’t! In Living Life Recovery, we have a slogan that says ‘Recovery is about learning to live life. Living life is more than just recovery.’
Outside of the Twelve Steps and meetings, what else are you doing about changing your life?
Psalms 32:11Good people, rejoice and be very happy in the LORD. All you who want to do right, rejoice!
Now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.Colossians 2:6-7
Proverbs 27:1Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
It’s common and popular for employees in stores to pleasantly say “Have a nice day.” Wishing won’t make it so! Our best plans frequently can go wrong. The only thing we can advisedly do is live ‘one day at a time.’ To live a day-to-day philosophy is helpful. None of us can guarantee what tomorrow will bring us. But to know within the principles of faith, love and hope is to have a strong undergirding when surprise or crisis occurs. Strong people of God experience a child-like trust in Him whch nothing can destroy.
God is strong, and he wants you strong. So 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. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Ephesians 6:12
Ephesians 6:10-11 God is strong, and He wants you strong. So 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.
To you, O God, belong the greatness and the might, the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor; Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth; the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all. Riches and glory come from you, you’re ruler over all; You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand to build up and strengthen all. 1 Chronicles 29:11-12
God is the source of all strength and power.He is Lord over everything in heaven and on earth. By His power, we are strengthened live new lives New lives where we learn to trust Him more and more for each day’s problems as we grow deeper in a relationship with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!
Now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him. Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done. Colossians 2:6-7
Mark 14:38Watch and pray. Then you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted. The spirit is willing. But the body is weak.”
We need to be aware in the process of recovery of our strengths and our weaknesses. We all have weaknesses in some areas of our lives and we are strong in others. In areas where we are weak, we need to make sure we avoid putting ourselves in vulnerable situations.
One of the reasons I live in Victoria instead of Western Australia is because in W.A. I have too many contacts from my past. After all my years of recovery, I do not believe I would ever be tempted to relapse. But, in early recovery when I was susceptible and vulnerable I am not sure I would still be where I am today had I continued to live in Western Australia.
What lengths are you willing to go to avoid vulnerable situations where you may be tempted to relapse?
Prayer:God today I commit to going to any length to maintain my new life and spiritual growth.