MAYBE THE LORD LETS SOME PEOPLE GET INTO TROUBLE
BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY TIME THEY WILL EVER THINK OF HIM
John 16:33 “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Job 3:26 “I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.”
Job 42:2 “I know that you can do anything and that no one can stop you.
Job 42:12-13 says “The Lord blessed Job at the end of his life more than at the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.God also gave him seven more sons and three more daughters.”
Trouble chases sinners. The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads but God’s Word says “There is a time and a way for everything, even when a person is in trouble.”
Proverbs 13:21 ~ Psalm 7:16 ~ Ecclesiastes 13:21
Romans 15:7 Warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.
Church is not a building. Church is not a place. Church is a people! It is made up of people from all walks of life, weak, strong, rich, poor, addictive and compulsive. People with all sorts of problems in their lives. People who need help, people who need recovery, people who need Jesus. People whom the Bible tells us to “warmly welcome them into Church (Recovery) in the same way we were welcomed when we first arrived. Step Twelve says “Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”
- When you see someone new in recovery, how are you welcoming them?
1 John 1:5-10 This is the message God has given us to pass on to you: that God is Light and in him is no darkness at all. So if we say we are his friends but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.If we say that we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.
Unless we change our character we cannot successfully acheive recovery. Step Four says “In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help my sinful habits and attitudes.” We cannot progress in the process unless we are willing to change and seek God’s will for our lives, put all of our efforts into achieving it. As we learn His will and put it into practice the way we relate to others should be evidence of His saving grace in our lives and our dependence on Him.
Romans 15:2 We should all please our neighbours. Let us do what is good for them. Let us build them up.
God expects us to be loving towards our neighbours. In Luke 10 in the Bible Jesus tells us the two greatest commands are to love God and love our neighbours.
When it comes to loving others we can often justify how why we feel that way. Or we can convince ourselves they are not really my neighbours. Our neighbours according to God is anyone who is in need. Loving them means acting towards them in ways that meet their needs and not to put hurdles in front of them
We all have problems, and all have needs this tells me that God wants us to love everybody. That doesn’t mean love and approve everything they do. We all need God’s help to love others and we all need God’s help to do what is good for them.
- What are you doing to help others?
As long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious.
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another–showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God’s order.Surely you know that Christ showed up in order to get rid of sin. There is no sin in Him, and sin is not part of His program.
Romans 7:5 ~ 2 Timothy 3:16 ~ John 3:4-5
Life Application Notes:
There is a difference between committing a sin and continuing to sin. Even the most faithful believers sometimes commit sins, but they do not cherish a particular sin or continually choose to commit it. A believer who commits a sin can repent, confess it, and find forgiveness. A person who continues to sin, by contrast, is not sorry for what he or she is doing. Thus, this person never confesses and never receives forgiveness. Such a person is in opposition to God, no matter what religious claims he or she makes.
Jesus came to the world with a purpose ‘to save sinners’ Matthew 1:21 “She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus–‘God saves’–because he will save his people from their sins.” He came to earth because we cannot save ourselves. He came to be our Savior from the power and penalty of sin. He came to teach us how to recover with God’s help and move forward to living lives worthy of His calling.
Romans 11:7-15 When Israel tried to be right with God on her own, pursuing her own self-interest, she didn’t succeed. The chosen ones of God were those who let God pursue his interest in them, and as a result received his stamp of legitimacy. The “self-interest Israel” became thick-skinned toward God. Moses and Isaiah both commented on this: Fed up with their quarrelsome, self-centered ways, God blurred their eyes and dulled their ears, Shut them in on themselves in a hall of mirrors, and they’re there to this day. David was upset about the same thing: I hope they get sick eating self-serving meals, break a leg walking their self-serving ways. I hope they go blind staring in their mirrors, get ulcers from playing at god. The next question is, “Are they down for the count? Are they out of this for good?” And the answer is a clear-cut no. Ironically when they walked out, they left the door open and the outsiders walked in. But the next thing you know, the Jews were starting to wonder if perhaps they had walked out on a good thing. Now, if their leaving triggered this worldwide coming of non-Jewish outsiders to God’s kingdom, just imagine the effect of their coming back! What a homecoming! But I don’t want to go on about them. It’s you, the outsiders, that I’m concerned with now. Because my personal assignment is focused on the so-called outsiders, I make as much of this as I can when I’m among my Israelite kin, the so-called insiders, hoping they’ll realize what they’re missing and want to get in on what God is doing. If their falling out initiated this worldwide coming together, their recovery is going to set off something even better: mass homecoming! If the first thing the Jews did, even though it was wrong for them, turned out for your good, just think what’s going to happen when they get it right!
We have all tried to recover on our own and failed. we need God and we need other people. None of us were created in or for isolation. I love the verse in this scripture that says “their recovery is going to set off something even better.”
God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. My hope is we will all realize what a great opportunity is ours to walk with Jesus, in personal relationship through the avenues of recovery and become all that God is calling us to be.
“When You sit on Your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to You, one on Your right and the other on Your left.” Mark 10:37
The disciples missed the point.They thought Jesus would establish an earthly kingdom hat would free Israel from Romes oppression. God’s Kingdom is not of this world. It is not palace and throne centred but is in the hearts of all who believe in Him and follow Him.
Jesus tells us to pray “Thy Kingdom come” on earth as it is in heaven. This is a reference to God’s spiritual reign. Luke 17:21 says “The kingdom of God is within you.” That says to me ‘The Kingdom of God’ is my most valuable possession, that lives in my heart and I need to look after. It also tells me that I (and you) can live as citizens of heaven right here, right now. It requires me to put Jesus in His rightful place in my life (Lord and Saviour)It requires me to discover His purpose for my life and put all my efforts into achieving it. It requires me ‘Loving Others’ because they are important to God.
How will Living Life Recovery help me to see the Kingdom of God? you say. By learning and applying the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery to your everyday living I guarantee you will discover a living, loving, sharing, caring relationship with Jesus that will not only help you overcome all the hurdles in your life right now but will also give you a life far beyond your wildest dreams and expectations.
An important principle in the process of recovery is ‘expecting God to act.‘ in your best interest.
Bible Reading: Luke 6:46-49
Focus Verse: Luke 6:49
“If you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.”
Living Life Recovery helps to build SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS
Obedience to God is like building our lives on strong, solid foundations. Through lives of addiction and dependencies we never really paid much attention to the foundations of our lives. We were happy to ‘Go with the flow’ Often we let other people define our foundations for living (as long as we had a good time)
Failing to build good foundations in recovery leads to destruction. I have said before and will say it again I am sure “People who fail in recovery fail because they don’t plan not to.” I have seen people time and time again enter programs and rehabs and whilst in there obey all the rules and make all the right decisions. Then, they get to the end of the designated process time and fall in a heap. Usually, because they have not considered what they will do at the end. They have not put any supports in place for moving forward because, and this happens more than occasionally they never really expected to make it to the end or they just assumed someone else had planned their ongoing support.
Jesus said in John 16:33 “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” The reality is all of us, regardless of how well we have travelled or are currently travelling in recovery experience difficulties. If it was easy everyone would be doing it and we wouldn’t value it.
Step Three says “I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.” This decision is the most important decision we make in our recovery when it comes to setting solid foundations. I’ve made a decision to let God lead. Where He leads I will follow and no matter how good or how bad things appear to get for the rest of my life I will follow Him. This is challenging for all of us but after 30+ years in the recovery process I can tell you from experience His way is always the right way, not always the easiest but always right. Prayer and meditation are important foundations of the recovery process as is ‘Seeking God’s will for my life.” You have all probably heard the saying ‘If you aim at nothing that’s what you’ll get.’ Recovery requires a lot of self-discipline. There will be times in the ‘difficulties’ Jesus talked about where it will seem easier to go back than to persevere or move forward. At these times it is important to remember the commitment we made to let God lead and to work with Him in the process of character change.
The best foundation we have in recovery is Jesus Christ, the One True Higher Power. Our recovery will only be as strong as our ‘Spiritual Foundations’ The cornerstone of our recovery, therefore, needs to have solid spiritual grounding. Where better to receive solid spiritual grounding than at the feet of Jesus. Everything we do in life must fit into His pattern of doing things.
Two ways to destroy our recovery going forward are through tampering with the foundations or using inferior materials. It is important for us in the recovery process to find a good support group, attend it, get involved in it and find a good Sponsor. It is important we read ‘God’s Manual’ for Spiritual Living (THE BIBLE) regularly, meditate on it and apply it on a daily basis to our lives. It is important we are in constant relationship with The Holy Spirit in order to understand God’s will for our lives and gain His strength to do whatever He is calling us to do. Jesus said The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. Foundationally the best thing any of us can do in recovery and in life is getting into a relationship with the Holy Spirit in order to better understand ourselves, God and others so we can move forward in recovery and achieve all He has set before us.
For some of us our past sins, mistakes, selfishness, and questioning is holding us back from moving forward in our lives. We may have legitimate reasons for this but continuing to hold on to pain and refusing to face the truth about our lives is stunting our spiritual growth and maturity. It is important we understand as we start to work through the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery and the 12 Principles of Living Life Recovery, we can with God’s help find the courage and strength we need to live productive and peaceful lives.
Welcome to ‘4o Days of Recovery’ A six-week introduction to establishing Spiritual Recovery Foundations to gaining a fresh perspective on life and on Recovery.
We hope that you will grow spiritually and in the process of recovery as you read these daily devotions and the scripture reading they are taken from, meditate on them and apply what God reveals to you.
4o Days of Recovery will help you to build solid SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS
Luke 6:49 He who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.
4o Days of Recovery will introduce you to the KINGDOM OF GOD
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
4o Days of Recovery will help you develop GOOD CHARACTER
Genesis 22:1 God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
4o Days of Recovery will help us to CHANGE OUR LIVES
John 4:39 Many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”
Join us tomorrow as we begin this exciting journey together in Spiritual Recovery