John 3:36 “Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life. Anyone who does not believe in the Son will not have life. God’s anger remains on them.”
God’s opposition to evil is permanent. So is His love for us. When we don’t believe in God and Jesus as His Son we cannot understand the peace and power that come from knowing Him and living with Him as our One True Higher Power.
Life changes when you believe in God and understand He loves you, no matter what you do, think or say. He loves you not because of who you are or have done but because of Jesus and what He has done for us.
I spent many years on my own trying to change Archie. Always failing because I tried to do it according to my faith or lack of faith in myself.
When I accepted that God is God and I am not I learned to let Him be God, my God.
- Do you believe in Jesus?
- Do you believe He is God’s Son?
Prayer: Lord I believe, heal my unbelief
Be a good example
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.”
Step 12: Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.
People who know us are watching how we are living, observing the changes in us since entering the recovery process. How we act and react to life can have a big effect on others decisions to enter a life of recovery.
- When people look at the changes in you as a result of recovery what do they see?
Prayer: Lord make me a good example of the recovery process and Your involvement in my life.
Rest is important
Psalms 127:2 It’s useless for you to work from early morning until late at night just to get food to eat. God provides for those he loves even while they sleep.
Rest is an important ingredient in the recovery formula.
Rest is important in 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 task 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 whatever You want me to do.
Ask God For Strength
Psalms 105:4 Look to the Lord and to his strength. Always look to him.
In recovery, we need to seek God’s strength to do those things we cannot do in our own strength.
Our own strength is actually a point of spiritual vulnerability. There are times in our lives when we are vulnerable because of our strengths, not our weaknesses. In Luke 4:3 we read “The devil said to him [Jesus], If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus had the power to tell the stone to become bread. The devil wanted Him to use His power outside of what God’s mission for His life. The devil can also tempt us to use our new found lifestyle for the wrong things. Avoiding the temptation to go our own way because we are feeling better is a trap we need to be aware of.
– Are there things in your life you are tempted to do you know you shouldn’t do?
Prayer: Lord help me to depend on You and not on myself.
PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Psalms 5:3 Lord, in the morning you hear my voice. In the morning I pray to you. I wait for you in hope.
God is a prayer-hearing God. Let us learn the importance of daily conversation with Him. Of talking to Him honestly and sincerely about our lives and seeking His solutions where our lives don’t line up with His Word and His principles. His principles for healthy living call us to obey His leading in our lives and to talk to Him openly and regularly when things don’t go according to our plans.
Daily one on one time with God is an important key to the recovery process. It opens doors to things we may not have thought about or considered. Things that can only become realities in our lives with His guidance and His involvement.
- Do you have a set time, place and procedure for speaking with God?
Prayer: Lord today let me spend time in Your presence.
BE GUIDED BY GOD
Proverbs 20:18 Make plans by asking for guidance.
Recovery is a spiritual battle. To succeed in it we need spiritual guidance. The best sources of spiritual guidance any of us can us are God’s Word and prayer.
God’s guidance for our futures comes with obedience to Him and His Word in the present. When we focus on Him instead of focusing on the results we want to achieve we see beyond temporary setbacks or roadblocks.
His guidance rarely follows our plans. If I had seen all the things I had to go through in my life to get me to where I am now I am not confident I would still be here. Thankfully I have a Saviour who knows me better than I know myself who guides me daily and knows what is best for me.
- Are you allowing God to guide you where you don’t necessarily want to go?
Prayer: Lord guide my plans today and help me to follow You.
Bible Reading: Psalm 27:7-9
Psalms 27:8 When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!”
In the process of addiction, we all reach our ‘Rock Bottom’ A particular time or moment when we realize “I can’t do this on my own.” and we start looking outside of ourselves for a solution to our problems.
For me, I can identify so easily that moment. It is generally a place when we are at the end of self-reliance and ready to ‘do whatever we need to do to change our lives.’ Prior to reaching my rock bottom, I realized I was an alcoholic and needed to find a way to stop drinking (at that time I was not interested in changing my character) So like so many others before me and after me, I sought the solution to my drinking problem in Alcoholics Anonymous. I learned to talk the talk, I learned to manipulate my problems to get what I thought I needed to solve them.
Rock-bottom for me occurred whilst in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, realizing what I needed was personal relationship with God (not as I understood Him but as He understands me) Self-reliance ended for me when out of sheer desperation I knelt at the side of my bed and prayed sincerely that He would change my life. He did, and I made a commitment to Him in 1989 that wherever He leads me I will follow.
Today’s verse says “When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!” Alone in a rehabilitation program, ‘my heart whispered.’ and I heard it. Not in a whisper but in the strong, bold, powerful voice of Jesus Christ. Who said to me “You do not need to live like this anymore. Follow Me and I will lead you.”
Is He whispering to you today? Are you listening? Will you respond?
RECOVERY IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
BUT IT IS ALWAYS WORTH IT!
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 ….
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 .