We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.
At Living Life Recovery this week we are looking at the topic of Peace at Connect Christian Church, Hastings. This is week three of our four-week advent series. In our acrostic this week we are discussing:
- Praising God for everything.
- Experiencing all that God has to offer us.
- Accepting God’s will for our lives.
- Committing every area of our lives to God.
- Expecting God to help us because He promises He will.
Proverbs 16:9 tells us we plan the way we want to live. Step Three says “I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.” Changing the way we live through the recovery process is a conscious decision that requires commitment. The second half of the verse tells us it is only through commitment to a personal daily relationship with God, praying to Him, Reading the Word and applying it He makes us able to change our lives.
Recovery requires commitment to the change process. Step Seven says “Through acknowledgement of God’s supreme power, I humbly ask Him to help me change my sinful habits and attitudes.” Commitment to the change process requires humility and acknowledgement of our own inability to change on our own. Pastor Rick Warren says “If you could change on your own you would have already done it.”
As we come to the close of another year each of us to to examine the year past and plan for the year ahead. Each of us needs to recommit to the change process and in humility accept that I “God is God and I am not.” Each of us needs to strategies now on what we want 2018 to look like t this time next year.
Have Faith in God
Romans 5:1 We have been made right with God because of our faith. Now we have peace with him because of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peace! That and to be happy were the only two things I ever wanted in life while using. I drank to forget and when I sobered up there was never any peace because of the things I did when I drank.
For a number of years now in my life I have experienced the ‘Peace of God’ ’The peace beyond understanding.’ I received it through putting my faith in my Higher Power, Jesus Christ. It is very real and it is indescribable.
If you are like I was I feel for you and I am glad I don’t live inside your head. If you are like me and you want peace, then I encourage you to investigate a personal relationship with Jesus. If you really want Him to help you to regain control of your life at some stage, you are going to have to trust him.
- Are you willing to pray for God’s peace in your life today?
Prayer: Lord Jesus today help me to trust You and put my faith in You and all You can do for me.
John 3:36 “Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life. Anyone who does not believe in the Son will not have life. God’s anger remains on them.”
God’s opposition to evil is permanent. So is His love for us. When we don’t believe in God and Jesus as His Son we cannot understand the peace and power that come from knowing Him and living with Him as our One True Higher Power.
Life changes when you believe in God and understand He loves you, no matter what you do, think or say. He loves you not because of who you are or have done but because of Jesus and what He has done for us.
I spent many years on my own trying to change Archie. Always failing because I tried to do it according to my faith or lack of faith in myself.
When I accepted that God is God and I am not I learned to let Him be God, my God.
- Do you believe in Jesus?
- Do you believe He is God’s Son?
Prayer: Lord I believe, heal my unbelief
Call on God’s power
Matthew 5:20 “Here is what I tell you. You must be Godlier than the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. If you are not, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Holiness is our new standard of living. There will be times when we are still tempted to return to our old ways. Peter tell to be holy in everything we do 1 Peter 1:15 The one who chose you is holy. So you should be holy in all that you do. That is not always an easy task with some of the things we are faced with in life transformation. The way to be holy in everything is complete devotion to God and developing His qualities for living in every area of our lives.
- How are you adopting God’s qualities of living in your daily life?
Prayer: God I call on Your power today too free me from the grip of my sinful nature and help me live Your qualities in every area of my life.
Be a good example
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.”
Step 12: 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.
People who know us are watching how we are living, observing the changes in us since entering the recovery process. How we act and react to life can have a big effect on others decisions to enter a life of recovery.
- When people look at the changes in you as a result of recovery what do they see?
Prayer: Lord make me a good example of the recovery process and Your involvement in my life.
Rest is important
Psalms 127:2 It’s useless for you to work from early morning until late at night just to get food to eat. God provides for those he loves even while they sleep.
Rest is an important ingredient in the recovery formula.
Rest is important in maintaining balance in our lives. We live in a world where there always seems to be too much to do.
Rest is an important part of God’s plan for us. On the seventh day, God rested not because He was tired, but to indicate the task was complete. Our full and complete rest begins when we trust Him to complete the task He has begun in our lives through the process of recovery.
- Do you rest regularly?
- What do you do to relax?
Prayer: Lord let me rest today so I can be ready to do whatever You want me to do.
Ask God For Strength
Psalms 105:4 Look to the Lord and to his strength. Always look to him.
In recovery, we need to seek God’s strength to do those things we cannot do in our own strength.
Our own strength is actually a point of spiritual vulnerability. There are times in our lives when we are vulnerable because of our strengths, not our weaknesses. In Luke 4:3 we read “The devil said to him [Jesus], If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus had the power to tell the stone to become bread. The devil wanted Him to use His power outside of what God’s mission for His life. The devil can also tempt us to use our new found lifestyle for the wrong things. Avoiding the temptation to go our own way because we are feeling better is a trap we need to be aware of.
– Are there things in your life you are tempted to do you know you shouldn’t do?
Prayer: Lord help me to depend on You and not on myself.