The Bible says “I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing: make something of me.” Psalms 40:17 When we first arrive a rock-bottom we feel pretty worthless and can relate to the verse above. But the first step to beginning the recovery process is admitting the mess we are in. Usually mess that has been created by our own bad attitudes, beliefs, and choices.
Recovery is a process of clearing up the self-created mess so we can change our lives with Jesus help. Psalms 79:9 says You’re famous for helping; God, give us a break. Your reputation is on the line. Pull us out of this mess, forgive us our sins– do what you’re famous for doing! Committing to following through on the Twelve Steps, and allowing Jesus to do His will in our lives until completion is the biggest decision any of us make in recovery.
Hebrews 12:7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Whoever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
– God allows some things to happen to us in order to train us
LEARN FROM THEM…
– Our response to God’s discipline determines how much we benefit from it.
ACCEPT IT GRACEFULLY
– God is more loving and demanding than any other parent.
DRAW ON HIS STRENGTH
An essential part of the recovery process is carrying the message of our recovery in Jesus.
Too often we wait! Wait to do what we believe God wants us to do until we have the resources to do it. If we profess faith and say we believe what God’s Word says God wants us to step up, step out trusting Him. Spiritual Growth comes with challenges. Our part in the process is in letting God be God to do what He does while we do what we can with what we have,
Psalms 139:15-16 You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
God has our best interests at heart. Even when we don’t understand when we can’t see what is going on. He has a plan prepared for us. All we have to do is put our faith in Him and trust everything will work out fine if we just Him lead.
John 4:23-24 “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself–Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
Worship is an encounter with the Holy Spirit: When we come to God in worship it is necessary to adjust our attitude so it is suitable for entering His presence.
Our worship is only as real as our involvement: Dry,meaningless worship ignores God’s meaning and purpose.
Worship is bringing our best to God: We worship God because He is perfect, just, almighty and worthy of the best we have to give.
Worship is the result of our submission and obedience to God: When we understand God’s truth and what Jesus did for us the only logical responses are submission and obedience.
It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God
Psalms 127:1-2 If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?
Adequate rest is an important ingredient in the recovery formula.
Rest is important for 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 has 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
what You want me to do ….
2 Corinthians 6:14 Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way:“I’ll live in them, move into them;I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people.So leave the corruption and compromise;leave it for good,” says God.“Don’t link up with those who will pollute you.I want you all for myself.I’ll be a Father to you;you’ll be sons and daughters to me.”The Word of the Master, God.
The Life Recovery Devotional
Bible Reading: Isaiah 14:12-15
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
When we were following after our addictions, we were powerfully directed by our desires. We were driven. We didn’t think about the effect this had on others. Our selfishness was in control and cut us off from life as it should have been.
Selfishness is at the heart of destructive behavior. The Bible indicates that Satan was once a high-ranking angel in service of the Lord. Isaiah gives us a glimpse of Satan’s fall, writing, “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth. . . . For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. . . . I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’ Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths” (Isaiah 14:12-15).
The same kind of selfishness that brought Satan down resides in the hearts of all people on earth. No one is exempt. Addicts are no worse in nature than anyone else. It’s just that the ways we’ve chosen to meet our needs have led us to hit bottom and go through our own personal hell. When we are free enough to focus on God’s will and his power to work in our lives, he will show us a way to fulfill the needs we were trying to satisfy in vain .