The Bible suggests many valuable principles we have lacked in our addictions and compulsions. The Word of God prompts us to take inventory of our character and behavior. Counsel and instruction are two different things. counsel is advice on how we should live, Instruction is how we should apply what we have learned.
I have known a number of people throughout my spiritual walk who know the Bible better than I do. And, who knows the Twelve Steps better than I. Some of them have failed to apply the advice they have been given, become complacent in their own understanding, and fallen in a heap. we have all heard stories of people who have left recovery ‘before the miracle happens.’ My hope for 2022 is that people engaged with Living Life Recovery will stick around long enough and take in enough of what they read and hear here to let God do what He wants to do in their lives.
Obedience to God, through faith and application of all we have learned in recovery, is proof we trust Him.
Paul says in Philippians 2:12-13 “my loved ones, as you have at all times done what I say, not only when I am present, but now much more when I am not with you, give yourselves to working out your salvation with fear in your hearts; For it is God who causes your desires and of your acts, for his good pleasure.”
Recovery is not a show, an act we put on for others. Obedience to God’s guidance in our lives and in our recovery is a requirement of spiritual growth. Our desire to obey God and comes directly from our relationship with Him. The Twelve Steps talk about contacting God through prayer, reading the Bible, and meditating on what it says and what God says to us. Obedience to what He says to us shows that we are willing to go to any lengths to do what He says.
Anyone who has read my blog knows that for me obedience began during relapse. When I heard God say to me “Archie if you want to get and maintain recovery, you must walk away from Western Australia.” A comfortable place I had lived all of my teenage life. Was it easy? NO! was it necessary YES! Have there been times I wanted to quit and run back to the comfort I knew? YES!
One thing I used to hear people in recovery rooms say regularly, that used to annoy me was “It gets easier” So I will not say that. What I will say is what it says in the heading of this post: ‘GOD IS COMMITTED TO YOU! ‘ and if you are willing to put your faith and trust in Him. If you are willing, through a relationship with Him to seek His will, go where He tells you to and do what He tells you to do your life is going to change in ways you can only imagine right now.
True obedience is about following His lead to the best of your ability and trusting Him for the things you can’t do in your own strength. Deuteronomy 5:32 says “be very careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left.” He will lead you if you let Him. He will tell you where to go and what to do, without you having to interpret it. My faith is very simple and has been since I gave my life to Him in 1989. He opens doors and I walk through them. Often without knowing what is on the other side. Why? because I trust Him and know that whatever He wants me to do He has already prepared the way.
You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set.Psalms 119:1-3
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what the Lord requires of you. – To act justly and to love mercy, to walk humbly with your God. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
John 8:32 “You will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves.
They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty.The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
Jesus is the One True Higher Power. He is the truth that sets us free. He is the perfect standard of ‘right living’ and He doesn’t give us the freedom to do what we want. As we serve God He does free us to be all God has called us to be.
Matthew 5:8 TLB “Happy are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God.”
If we don’t stand for something we’ll fall for anything. And, if we don’t continue to walk in freedom we will relapse into our old ways of thinking, acting and reacting. We need to act on the parts of God’s plan and purpose we already know as we wait in anticipation for what else He has in store for us,
The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine. But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker– travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces. Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart!Proverbs 4:18-21
Most of us can relate to the notion of going along with the crowd. Doing what we do to fit in. The Bible is clear if we mix in the wrong circles we are not going to live right. If our goal is right living we need to start hanging around with people who are living right. We need to take time to learn what God intends for our lives and put our efforts into making it our life-long goal.
James 1:5-6 says “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves.”
None of us stand alone in the recovery process. We all need others to walk with us and we all need Jesus. We need to make sure the people we walk with are on the right path and in relationship with Him.
It is easy as we walk ‘The Road To Recovery’ to mistake God’s patience with us for His approval. As we walk the road we need to learn to stop and ask God to reveal to us the things in our lives we need to change with His help to become the people He is calling us to be.
No more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation? Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. This makes it clear, doesn’t it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it’s clear enough, isn’t it, that we’re sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? Ephesians 4:25 ~ Romans 3:19-20 ~ Hebrews 1:14 ~ 1 Corinthians 3:11
Proverbs 13:20Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.