Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The 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. 1 Peter 5:8-10
2 Peter 2:9 ‘The Lord can rescue you and me from the temptations that surround us.’
The Lord knows how to rescue us! Provided we want to be rescued. Provided we are ready and willing to put in the effort required. Provided we are seeking His will and obedient to His leading and calling. Provided we are solidifying Jesus Christ as our One True Higher Power.
Part of overcoming temptation is to learn to pray “Lord, help me to run away when temptation comes upon me.” Avoiding the appeal of our drug of choice is imperative in the process of recovery. We cannot flirt with temptation without falling. 2 Timothy 2:22 says “Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness–faith, love, peace–joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God.” We fall into temptation when we fail to run away from it. The enticements the enemy and the world place around us, about us and before us are countless. We do not need to yield. We need to do our part if we want God to help us to resist. We need to distance ourselves from places, people and things that are most likely to tempt us.
Prayer: Lord, teach me today to take Your Word to heart and overcome temptation with divine assistance.
Psalms 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Acts 1:7 “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business.”
Proverbs 27:1 Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
Matthew 6:34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it–and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. Galatians 2:16
So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God. Hebrews 6:1
Bold people risk their lives to do what is right. The Bible is full of examples of people willing to sacrifice everything and put their lives on the line to obey God or save others. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. Daniel 3:16-17
Bold people risk their reputation to do what is right. Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. Luke 23:50-51
Bold people are bold in representing Christ. After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
Psalms 39:8 Save me from all the wrong things I’ve done. Don’t let foolish people make fun of me.
Criticism from others comes in two forms constructive and destructive.
It is my experience people who want you to move forward in recovery offer constructive criticism and it is motivated by love. People who really don’t want you in recovery for whatever reason offer destructive criticism often to cover their own faults and failures.
With both forms of criticism, my advice is patience. Recovery is about getting to know God and yourself. Step seven is about changing your character to bring it into line with God’s character.
The best person to listen to when it comes to recovery is God. No matter what criticism you receive from others.
- Are you listening to God?
Our life has been unmanageable and out of control. When we admit our powerlessness and turn our life over to God, we not only start the recovery process but also take the first steps toward finding true joy.