Our Purpose

Let’s be clear, God’s purpose for you is not to be an addict. His truth says you have only one purpose—to worship him forever. God desires your time, talent, and tithe. Only God can fill the emptiness you’ve been medicating for relief from pain. He provides your needs to overflowing, while his love always protects and perseveres. Do you believe the rest of your life can be the best of your life?
You learn the principle of purpose in your life by hanging out with people of purpose. Observe their deeds, love, faith, service, and perseverance. It’s extremely difficult to measure yourself in the midst of a trial or storm, so ask people of love, faith, and service how your recovery program is looking to them.
Worship God, and his living water will flow through you to others. Continue to do more than when you first came into recovery.

I pray to focus upon my purpose—to worship God. I pray perseverance will finish its work in me one day at a time. Amen.



Day 25 – One Day At A Time

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”ROMANS 12:1

Most of us don’t seek help until we realize that something is out of control in our lives. Sometimes another person realizes it for us, but either way, we come looking for help in an area that obviously needs attention. After we’ve been in recovery for a while, however, it becomes clear that flaws in our character may have been what got us into big trouble in the first place. If we don’t deal with them, they will keep us from living a life fully committed to Christ.

The bad news is that we all have these character flaws. No one is perfect. Maybe we are people pleasers, or we have anger issues. We might feel we have to spend money to feel good about ourselves, or we use food to stuff our emotions. We may have control issues. Whatever the case, these character flaws are always at the root of our big problems.

It’s important to acknowledge these character flaws and offer them to God. We start with the big issue, the one causing us the most pain, and then we begin working on all the smaller areas God reveals to us. The process works because God is in it. All we need to do is acknowledge the need for change, offer ourselves to him, and then work alongside him while he works those things out in our lives.

Thank you, Lord, for helping me to see the flaws behind my failings. With your help, I will face them one day at a time. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Starting with Ourselves

Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:15–4:3

We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and
that our lives had become unmanageable.

Some of us avoid or cope with our own pain by trying to fix the world. We try to right every wrong, heal every wound, point out every injustice. We spend our time demanding that the world system reform. We may also dedicate ourselves to rescuing and reforming those we love. Our zealousness to set the world aright can be a means of denying that we are powerless to do so.

Solomon said, “I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom. Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt! I said to myself, ‘In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds.’ . . . I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power” (Ecclesiastes 3:16-17; 4:1). He saw that the world was not as it should be. He also recognized that it was God’s job to judge and overcome the injustices in our world.

When we set out to save the world we err by taking on a role that belongs to God. What we gain by taking on such a massive task is the guarantee that we’ll always be busy. Then we’ll never have the time or energy to face our own issues. The Bible makes it clear that the world will never be right until Jesus Christ returns to make it so. We need to accept the fact that we are powerless to do his job. However, when we focus on our own recovery, fixing ourselves instead of everyone else, we will then be able to be more effective in helping others, too.


If we try to fix the world before fixing ourselves, we’ll do both badly

The Fork in the Road

Practically everything the world wants has nothing to do with the design of the creator. When you tip-toe through the world’s tulips, the love of what it offers can squeeze out your love for the Father. In a flash, you can choose insanity over God’s wisdom and peace. The power of you versus the power of God makes absolutely no sense, yet your pride and ego demand their victory dance of control and manipulation at a huge cost.

Jesus listens to your prayer and empowers you to walk his path to freedom. In a split second, the atmosphere can change and off you go in your Pharisee robes. As you approach the fork in the road, God’s Spirit nudges you in the direction most beneficial, yet your stubborn flesh hates to be told what to do. It elbows its way around the Spirit to lead you down the road of falling rocks and another dead-end.

Resist the enemy and the flesh in the name of Jesus, and choose God’s smooth, peaceful road. Know there’s still a war going on. Arm up!

Lord, I pray the Holy Spirit would be active and breathing in me. I pray for forgiveness for the many times I choose the world over you. Amen.

1 JOHN 2:15-17; ROMANS 8:7

Asking for Help

If you choose not to work on your recovery, you’re choosing to get high! The little foxes will creep in and erode your recovery foundation. When you don’t choose God’s truth, you’re inadvertently choosing the devil’s lie. It’s critical to understand that no choice is making a choice. It’s extremely dangerous when you choose to entertain doubt, fear, anger, low self-esteem, condemnation, worry, anxiety, and lies. God’s given you the authority to use his weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

This is about progress, a day at a time, to let go and let God. You’re no longer a slave but God’s own child and everything he has belongs to you. The Father gives you the authority to move out of your mind and stop being critical of yourself for the times you fall short. You actually glorify God by asking for his help, submitting to his authority, and knowing Jesus’ blood already covers the circumstance you’re so worried about.
Just as you believed who the enemy said you were, it’s okay to now receive who God says you are—one of his kids.

Lord, I pray I will forget yesterday and receive what you’ve got for me today. I desire to throw a grateful party for you rather than a hissy-fit for me.

John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; Galatians 4:7

Our Limitations

Bible Reading: Galatians 3:19-26

We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.
Many of us begin our recovery by seeing that we’ve been powerless to measure up to God’s laws. Some of us, however, expect that once we’re well on the road to recovery we’ll start keeping the laws of God. And we hope that this will guarantee our standing with God on the basis of our good works. We start with a recognition of our powerlessness, but hope for the day when we will no longer be powerless. Surely our standing before God must be somewhat dependent upon our keeping of the law! Otherwise, why would he have given us his laws in the first place?

The apostle Paul answers by saying, “Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise [of salvation through faith] to show people their sins. . . . If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. . . . The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith” (Galatians 3:19, 21-22, 24).

The law of God is an eternal reminder of our true powerlessness—our ongoing need for a Savior and for the power of God. Our failures should point us back to the only one able to help us recover.


God sets us free from our failures and places us on the path toward recovery.

Destructive Pride

Bible Reading: Acts 8:9-23

We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.

For many of us, personal power is used as the foundation for our self-esteem. We become used to getting things our way, through whatever influences we have at our disposal (money, power, sex, love, etc.). It can be very unsettling to arrive at a place in life where we can’t buy the power we need. For those of us who use power to bolster our self-esteem, admitting powerlessness will require a foundational change.

“A man named Simon had been a sorcerer. . . . Everyone, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as ‘the Great One—the Power of God.’ . . . Then Simon himself believed [that Jesus was the Messiah]. . . . When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power. . . . But Peter replied, ‘May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God’s gift can be bought! You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God. Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts, for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin’” (Acts 8:9-10, 13, 18-23).

Simon realized he was powerless in this situation. He admitted his pride and powerlessness and was able to change. We need to be aware of how pride can hinder us. We can’t buy our way out of addiction. No matter how “powerful” we are in worldly terms, our recovery will come by working a program, day by day.

~ Our recovery can only begin as we “give up” our efforts and our pride. ~