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Wrong Advice

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Read: Psalms 1:1-6

Focus Verse: 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, Psalms 1:1

Think about it: Advice in this world is freely given. Some of it good. some of it bad and some of it just plain evil. The good news about all advice is ‘We don’t have to listen too it.’ or apply it to our lives,

Welcome to Step Seven.. Which says “WE HUMBLY ASKED GOD’ for advice on how to live our lives. On the right and good processes, He would have us learn and apply to our daily living to please and honour Him. When it comes to the world the people we need to seek advice from are those who have travelled the road we are now travelling and been successful with Gods help to change their life direction.

There is are many voices in the world telling us what to do and what in their opinion is good for us. We need to always remember God is also speaking to us and has something special to say to us each. We can hear His direction and His plan through prayer and meditation. We can also hear it through listening to the right people He places in our lives at the right time to guide us on His way. Other people have been successful in the way we want to go. For our own benefit and spiritual growth and for the benefit of others in our ‘Sphere of Influence’ we need to seek those people out , listen to and apply their advice when it is given.

Learning to appreciate there is goodness in the world will attune us to God’s way of living and place us firmly in His will as we attempt to change our lives for good and not for evil.

The God of Today

The Lord your God will fight alongside you and help you win the battle.
Deuteronomy 20:4

Anything we engage in is worthy of a good start. If we start well there is a better chance of success. Each day if we get off to a good start there is a better chance of it being productive and worthwhile. The Word of the Lord came to the men of Israel with real meaning. God was on their side and He was willing and able to help them. We too can depend on Him, to help us and support us. This is to be counted in our lives as worth more than anything else.. It can become our fortress and our strength. Dismissing the idea of engaging God in recovery comes at our own peril.

But there is a catch! None of us should make a convenience of God’s help. Nor can we throw aside His restraints or disregard His safeguard and still expect Him to rescue us. Starting each day in His presence, in communication with Him capitalizes His will, commandments, and commitment to assisting us in each area of our day as we walk with Him. When we do God can work in us, through us, and for us in the recovery process.

Take time today to spend with Him. Allow Him to influence your life. There is nothing like commencing each day assured of His involvement no matter what happens.

Recovery is a Threefold Process


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It begins when we make a conscious decision to recover by doing whatever we need to do to live right. I heard a tape when I was involved with “Adult Children of Alcoholics.” on which the presenter said, “If you are an alcoholic and also an adult child of an alcoholic and you don’t deal with problems in your upbringing ‘YOU ARE GOING TO MESS IT UP.” I believe it is the same with Bible-based and Church-based recovery. If you have an addiction and you get involved in Bible-based or Church-based recovery and fail to deal with your addiction ‘YOU ARE GOING TO MESS IT UP!’

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are used in recovery programmes all over the world. Secular and Christian for one reason: ‘THEY WORK’

So I believe the first thing we need to do in the process of recovery is to learn and understand ‘The Twelve Steps.’  and what they mean for us to successfully change our lives. Applying the Twelve Step process is a life-long process that we learn as we grow physically, emotionally and spiritually.

That is why I think the first part of the threefold process is to RECOVER.

The second part in the process I believe is to REPENT. 

Ezekiel 14:6 says “Repent! Turn your backs on your no-god idols. Turn your backs on all your outrageous obscenities.” In order to experience lasting, growing recovery we need to change our habits, our thoughts, our actions, beliefs, and commitments.

Repentance is not just about saying “I am sorry” Repentance is about changing every area of your life and bringing in it into line with God’s will for your life.

The third part in the process I believe is to RELIVE

Reliving requires learning new ways, God’s ways of living. It requires changing what you do when you do it and how you do it in every area of your life.

RECOVERY IS A LIFE-LONG PORCESS BECAUSE IT TAKES A LIFETIME TO WORK THROUGH THIS THREEFOLD PROCESS IN OUR LIVES AND APPLY THEM TO
GOD’S STANDARDS OF LIVING.

Be Strong, Courageous and OBEY


Joshua 1:7  You need only to be strong and courageous and to obey to the letter every law Moses gave you, for if you are careful to obey every one of them, you will be successful in everything you do.
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Fulfilment


2 Peter 2:20 When people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.

Psychologist, Abe Maslow, says we all have five basic needs:

  • Physical
  • Safety
  • Belonging
  • Esteem
  • Self-actualization

The last mentioned warrants our brief attention. God has given us each personal abilities which can be used for good. Employing ourselves usefully will benefit us individually as well as benefit our families. But, we still have an obligation to society at large. Selfishness blocks the overflow of goodwill and chokes motivation to think of others. We cannot function successfully if we are introverts. Self-actualization depends on the acceptance of God’s plan for our lives and willingness to bring ourselves under divine management. Only in a controlled relationship with God can we find peace within and fulfillment. Living Life Recovery is attainable through reaching up to Him and moving in outgoingness to everyone else.

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Emptiness sometimes follows spiritual success


1 Kings 19:3-4 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

Elijah experienced emptiness after spiritual victory. Defeating the prophets of Baal and answered prayer for rain.

In our lives, emptiness sometimes also follows spiritual success. Yesterday was my last day at work for 2017. For the next couple of weeks, I don’t have work or recovery meetings to focus and leaving work today that made me feel a bit empty. And then I remembered Matthew 11:28  which says  “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” 

It is important for us all in the process of recovery to remember it is important to take time to rest and refresh. God’s plans and purpose for our lives are life-long and to accomplish it we need to take time to take care of our physical, spiritual and emotional health.

Daily Reflection September 18, 2016


The right motives

Psalms 90:17 Lord, make what we do succeed. Please make what we do succeed. God wants whatDaily Reflection Cover is best for us. If we follow His le ading and guidance we can expect success in the process of recovery.

Success by God’s standards is not the same as success by the world’s standards. Success by God’s standards does not mean immunity from difficulties of failure. When we are on the process of repairing relationships it may not always be easy. Success by God’s standards is not a guarantee of a good reception from others, their agreement to pursue repairing the relationship or them even being happy to meet or talk to us.

When we apply God’s wisdom to the process of repairing relationships He promises us that what we do, if done in the right spirit and with the right motives will be approved by Him.

– Whose approval are you seeking through repair of broken or damaged relationships?

Prayer: Lord make my motives pure.

Daily Reflection August 27, 2016


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Psalms 1:2 Love the Lord’s teachings and think about them day and night.

When we first started drinking, taking drugs most of us found a ‘friend’ to help us face life’s problems. But it didn’t take long before that ‘friend’ became our biggest problem. To begin with our drug of choice made our life happy, full and satisfying. Then one day, we found all it left us with was headaches and heartaches.

In recovery we learn that life’s problems can be faced without alcohol and other drugs. We discover by the ‘Love of the Lord’s teaching.’ we have a freedom which alcohol and other drugs will only rob us of. The ‘Lord’s teachings’ are the highway to freedom proved successful by the lives and testimonies of many who have walked the road of recovery before us. Am I enjoying the ‘Love of the Lord’s teachings?’ and am I enjoying the freedom that it brings?

MEDITATION

I will not allow my life to be controlled by alcohol, drugs or other compulsions. I want to enjoy the freedom that is onlly found in knowing and living the ‘Lord’s teachings.’  Through recovery I will seek to see God’s image in others I live with and engage with through my life. Recognising we are all God’s children and He loves us.

PRAYER

I pray that I may discover God’s plan for my life and that I may find the freedom that comes from knowing and living the ‘Lord’s teachings.’

Daily Reflection August, 2016


HeaderPsalms 1:1 Great blessings belong to those who don’t listen to evil advice, who don’t live like sinners, and who don’t join those who make fun of God.

Advice is often very cheap. Have you ever noticed how many people are ready to tell you what is good for you? Or are who contantly want to tell you how to live your life?

Often we end up making a mess of our lives, not because we don’t know what is right and wrong, but because we listen to and follow wrong advice. If you want to succeed in recovery you have to follow the examples of those who are succeeding in recovery.

If you want advice on how to overcome alcohol addiction talk to someone who has overcome alcohol addiction successfully, drugs talk to someone who has overcome a drug problem successfully, gambling, porn etc. Ask yourself the question “Do I really need this in my life or can I live without it?”

MEDITATION

There are many voices in this world telling me what to do and what is good for me. May I always remember God is also speaking to me and He has something special to say to me. I can hear Him speaking through reading and meditating on His Word. And, I can hear Him speaking through the lives of those who have gone before me in reovery and are living victorious lives.

PRAYER

Lord I pray today that I may listen for what You want to say to me and that I may follow the advice of those who are living victorious lives in recovery.

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