Legalism is faith gone wrong. It puts the emphasis on doing what you are allowed to do instead of following God.
Throw out anything tainted with evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22
I learned bad habits by doing bad things. I did bad things because they felt good. Notice I said ‘they felt good’ not ‘they were right.’
Recovery is about doing the right thing. We are all born knowing the difference between right and wrong. Most of us end up in trouble because we choose to do wrong. I did.
In recovery and in life the best source I have found to learn the right thing from is the Bible. God created us in His image and He gave us His Word as a guide of how to live life as He wants us to.
- Do you read the Bible?
- Do you Pray?
- If not, why not?
- Are you willing to start?
Prayer: God today give me a desire to do the right thing. Give me a thirst to know Your Word and to apply it to my life.
don’t take God for Granted
Psalm 18:21 Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted.
bad habits are as bad as vandalism
Proverbs 18:9 Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.
listening to god is a good habit to adapt
Romans 6:17-18 Thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!
prayer is a good HABit to adapt
Acts 10:1-2 There was a man named Cornelius who lived in Caesarea, captain of the Italian Guard stationed there. He was a thoroughly good man. He had led everyone in his house to live worshipfully before God, was always helping people in need, and had the habit of prayer.
We can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. All praise to God and our One True Higher Power, Jesus Christ! God is the Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God, turn your backs on the world’s “sure thing,” ignore what the world worships; The world’s a huge stockpile of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
When the Holy Spirit convinces us to receive Christ we get a new perspective and a new mindset on life, We trust that God has our lives planned and He will guide us and equip us for wherever He wants us to go. Faith in God helps us to face the truth about ourselves, our lives, and our need for change. Some of us believe because Godcomforts us our problems are going to go away. We need to understand God will give us the strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our problems.
If today you are feeling overwhelmed at what lies ahead of you, I ask you to remember God is there to help. He places in our lives other people on the same path so we can help us and they can help us move forward in the recovery process. The passage above says ‘blessed are you who give yourselves to God.’ It also says we need to turn our backs on the world’s ‘sure thing’ ACTION IS THE MAGIC WORD!
Just for today, God help me to turn my back on the things that seem like a shortcut to solving my problems. Give me the strength, encouragement and, hope to listen to the people you place in my life. Help me to help them where I can as they also help me on the road to recovery.
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
Today, please listen; don’t turn a deaf ear as you did through your addiction and compulsions. What do you think will happen if you turn on God, spit on the sacrifice that Jesus, and insult this most graciousHoly Spirit? Do you think we can risk neglecting this opportunity from God? This magnificent salvation? Delivered in person, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from Him. The promise of resting in Him directing us to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. The wise watch their steps and avoid relapse; fools are headstrong and reckless and end up making bad choices that lead to mistakes.
Our own instincts are led by opportunities of personal gain. So many of our problems are self-imposed by our thinking, The Bible says we character change is initiated by the ‘RENEWING OF OUR MINDS’ In other words ‘we need to learn to think differently’ Our moods and our thoughts may be tempted by the pursuit of the wrong things. Ecclesiastes 10:12-13 The words of a wise person are gracious. The talk of a fool self-destructs— He starts out talking nonsense And ends up spouting insanity and evil. The second step of Alcoholics Anonymous talks about God restoring us to sanity. Philippians 2:13 says “That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” In order to experience the energy, God brings to we need to begin fixing the stinking thinking.
Just for today, I will think before I speak and try to look at things from God’s point of view. I will try not to allow stinking thinking to make me do or say things I rely on at a later date.
Anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is. The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. God’s Holy Spirit, is moving and breathing in you, in the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for His work. Don’t take such a gift for granted. Keep your mind on God; don’t refuse to walk down His road. Don’t turn a deaf ear and end up in the wilderness.
- Don’t fail to achieve the goals God has ready for you to achieve, Don’t end up in the wilderness, wondering why you can’t change your life. The Israelites failed to enter the Promised land because they didn’t believe God would protect them to overcome the problems ahead of them. for 40 years God sent them into the wilderness. Don’t let your lack of trust in God’s ability stop you from becoming all He wants you to be and doing all He wants you to do.
“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 18:18-20
There is safety in numbers.
Growing up I was not a very sociable person. Not because I didn’t want to be but because I really never learned growing up how to belong. My parents tried encouraging me to join clubs and events to get me to mix with others but I never really fitted in.
Recovery rescued me. I attended meetings and groups where there were people just like me. People who understood my struggles. Who were patient enough to give me time to discover who I was. Who encouraged me to discover my gifts and abilities and put them to good use.
- What are your gifts and abilities?
- How are you using them to help others?
Prayer: Just for today God show me the real me and use me for Your Glory.
YOU ARE NOT ON ALONE
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:19-20
YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORK IT OUT ON YOUR OWN
Be very careful to act exactly as God commands you. Don’t veer off to the right or the left. Deuteronomy 5:32
APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN
If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. John 15:22
Your suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. God, is both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and never, never quits. Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, Is most patient, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, He’ll help you catch your breath. Disciples so often get into trouble; and, God is there every time.
Sometimes with self inflicted-pain, we have felt sorrow, shame, and blame. The ‘Good News’ is Jesus meets us right where we are. We don’t have to fix everything pre-recovery [or there would be no need for recovery] He sees our pain and offers us sanctuary and rest during our distress. He is our example of true humility. By His example, we can admit our need for God’s intervention in the things we cannot change. In John 4:34 Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started.” He will give us all we need to overcome every hurdle that presents and keep us safe until we learn His will, His way of living, and implement it in our daily living.
Just for today Lord nourish me and nurture me in all that I do. Show me what I need to do what You want me to do and provide me all I need to do it.