Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish.
No matter how we ended up in the process of recovery the choice to keep on going is one we consciously made. On making the choice we need to adapt the process of living the Twelve Steps in every area of our lives. We need to start living life as God wants us to live. Standing up against our old ways of thinking, acting, and feeling. Resisting the temptation to fall back into our old ways so we can live the life God is leading us in and completing His purpose for us through His strength and guidance.
This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. 1 John 3:1
I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
It’s been a little while since I posted a daily reflection. I have been busy, with work and with other things. But tonight as I sit alone in a motel room I read the above verse and it motivated me to write.
Addiction is factual. There is no denying it. We can get addicted to so many things. Things that appeal to our ego’s and give a false impression that we are doing alright. Things that life without them seems so unappealing and unbearable to us we can’t do without them. Things that can cause us bearable pain and acceptable discomfort. Things that if we want to live life differently and grow spiritually we need to consciously deny ourselves.
Physical adaption of self-denial is always rewarding, and morally character enhancing. we may ask ourselves “will I ever overcome _________? ” Adopting an attitude of defeat when it comes to self-denial is a way to certain failure. Challenging our innermost spirit is the way to bring about physical change and spiritual growth in our lives.
Remember “WHEN I CAN’T GOD CAN.” He can make chaos disappear. He can bring order into our lives and give us the power to resist whatever temptations may present. He can become our motivation not just for living life overcoming our addictions but to living lives that excel above anything we can ever expect to achieve in our own strength. Personal, daily relationship with Him needs to become the central factor in our recovery and spiritual progress.
Let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
Carefully build yourselves up in this holiest faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
Remember your Creator now while you are young. Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Ecclesiastes 12:6 ~ 1 Timothy 4:12
Recently someone said to me “Maybe you weren’t an alcoholic, maybe it was just a phase.” I remember when I was in my twenties someone in A.A. telling me “you can’t be an alcoholic, you are too young and you haven’t suffered enough yet.”
One of the greatest blessings in my life is the fact that at an early age (I was 23 when I attended my first rehab, was introduced to the Twelve Steps and attended my first A.A. meetings.) One of the things that annoy me most is when people who don’t really know me. Know nothing of my past and nothing of what I went through, with God’s help to become the person I am today.
Psalms 51:5-7 says “I was born a sinner, yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. You deserve honesty from the heart; yes, utter sincerity and truthfulness. Oh, give me this wisdom. Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood and I shall be clean again. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Step One of the Living Life Recovery steps says “I admit that my life is a mess and I am out of control.” Step Two says “I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.” Step Three says “I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.” Where in those first three steps (the foundations of all recovery) does it mention alcohol? Regardless of what we are going through. No matter the issue or the drug of choice we all need recovery.
People need to stop pointing the finger at others. Need to stop labeling others. Stop trying to justify their problems as worse than the problems of others and accept ‘We are all sinners’ and ‘we all need Jesus.’ if we want to recover and live differently.
Proverbs 19:1 Better to be poor and honest than rich and dishonest.
Philippians 3:8 All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant–dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ
Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women. Proverbs 15:31
He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually, the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’