Planned Recovery

Serenity

It’s a bit of a stretch when you enter recovery and hear someone tell you about the peace that surpasses all understanding. You’ve been trying for years to seek peace, and have always gotten chaos and confusion instead. In recovery, you’re learning to be yourself, instead of being whoever people wanted you to be. Only in the glorious moment of ripping off the mask of your false self-do, you discover you truly cannot do this on your own.

God becomes very real when you truly know he’s the one who saved you from yourself because he loves you so. God takes your brokenness and begins reconstructing your life’s puzzle pieces into the masterpiece he designed. He equips and strengthens you to do the good things he planned for you long ago.

God rubs out your guilt, washes away shame, and takes your sin as far as the east is from the west. God poured his special favor on you to walk out the recovery he planned for you long ago, one day at a time.

Lord, I pray I will continue, by grace, to experience your peace. I pray to walk out the recovery you planned for me long ago and not give up. Amen

Philippians 4:7 You will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:10 We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

1 Corinthians 15:10 Whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by His grace.

Above is my daily devotions for today. Resulting in my focus word for the day being ‘PLANNING’

Reading further this morning on the subject of planning the Life Recovery Bible says:

The Psalms say The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.

Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery. They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.

The Bible goes on to warn me in Proverbs: The Lord approves of those who are good, but He condemns those who plan wickedness. If I plan to do evil, I will be lost; if I plan to do good, I will receive unfailing love and faithfulness. No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord. 

1 Corinthians 1:25  says “This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.”

Ephesians 1:10  says “This is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”

  1. I can make good use of my resources through planning.
  2. Careful planning can save me a lot of worries.
  3. Careful planning includes submission to God.
  4. God’s plan for me has eternal benefits.
  5. God’s plan for me is better than anything I can imagine.
  6. God’s plan for me can’t be understood outside of a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

WELCOME TO MONDAY – What are your plans for today?

 

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Psalms 40:13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

 

GOD LIFTS US OUT OF OUR PROBLEMS
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (Ps 40:2)

WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS TO STOP GOING BACK
May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. (Ps 40:14)

WE NEED TO STAY CLOSE TO GOD
Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
(Psa 22:19)

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ACKNOWLEDGE I NEED GOD’S HELP

Proverbs 3:7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Pastor Rick Warren said “If you could fix your problems on your own you would have already.” The reality is we can’t. We have all tried and failed, with a true desire to change our wills and lives in our own strength. Wanting to change is not motivation enough on it’s own for any of us to overcome our problems.

We need a power outside of ourselves to change and that power is the Holy Spirit of God. As it says in the verse above “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.” We all have good ideas that we fail to follow through on because we are human.

What we need to do is stop doing the wrong things we are doing and replace them with right things (Godly things). What we need to do is ‘turn to God.’ put our faith and trust in Him, be guided by Him and follow through on doing what He tells us to do.

IT STARTS WITH PRAYER ………………….

God corrects us in Love

Self-Control

Hebrews 12:7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Whoever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?

– God allows some things to happen to us in order to train us

LEARN FROM THEM…

–  Our response to God’s discipline determines how much we benefit from it.

ACCEPT IT GRACEFULLY

– God is more loving and demanding than any other parent.

DRAW ON HIS STRENGTH

Realise I am out of Control

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James 1:19-20 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Realising who or what is in control of our lives is an important part of the recovery process. James advises us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.” for many of us control of our lives in the past has been dominated by our emotions. We know in our own strength, left to our own will and desires we cannot control our feelings. That is why we need to ‘turn our wills and lives over to the care of God.’ 

Even when we feel out of control He can help us maintain composure. He can give us what we need to ‘think, think, think’ and listen before we make bad choices or take the wrong action.

Living Life Recovery Reflection #259

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PURITY IS IMPORTANT

James 3:17 The wisdom that comes from heaven is pure. That’s the most important thing about it.

 Purity in our lives comes from a commitment to God and His Word.  The bad things from our past need to be removed and the way to removing them is to study God’s Word and apply it to daily living.

Purity in our lives comes from our hearts. Recovery is a process of changing from the inside out. We are not here for show; we are here to change.

Purity comes from God. Daily application of God’s Word has a purifying effect on our minds and hearts. God’s Word points out our sins and motivates us to change our lives and repair broken and damaged relationships.

  • In what areas of your life are you experiencing purifying since entering recovery?

 

Prayer: Purify my heart Lord and make me clean from the inside in all areas of my life.

 

Living Life Recovery – Week 37, 2017

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Hebrews 3:7-15 That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested Me in the wilderness. There your ancestors tested and tried My patience, even though they saw My miracles for forty years. So I was angry with them, and I said, ‘Their hearts always turn away from Me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ So in My anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter My place of rest.'” Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Remember what it says: “Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”

THE BIBLE

The Power of God’s Word: One of the primary sources of strength and guidance for us in recovery is God’s Word. Paul challenged Timothy to know what God’s Word says and means (2 Timothy 2:15). He described how God’s Word helps us as it teaches us what is true, makes us realize what is wrong in our life, points us in the right direction, and helps us do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16). Our praying and thinking are to focus on God’s Word, for it equips us to live as God wants us to live.

2 Timothy 2:15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

 

THE BIBLE IS PERFECT
God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.  Psalm 18:30

The Bible promises us we can’t achieve Christlike character and holy living all at once, but we must grow towards maturity and wholeness. How are you growing in maturity and wholeness through recovery?


THE BIBLE IS TRUE

For the word of the Lord holds true. Psalms 33:4

The Bible promises us God is worthy of our trust and praise. He can heal our character defects. All we have to do is turn our lives over to Him. How are you consciously turning you will and life over to the care of God?

THE BIBLE WILL LAST FOREVER
Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm. Psalms 119:89

The Bible promises us Gods Word stands firm as a foundation on which we can rebuild our broken and fractured lives. How are you applying God’s doctrine and right living to your life?

THE BIBLE GIVES US WISDOM

I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of Your laws. Psalms 119:99
We should discipline our thoughts to be pure – because right actions begin with right thoughts.
How do you react to negative thoughts?

THE BIBLE CAN BE TRUSTED

Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy. Psalms 119:138

Trust involves confidence in God’s Word. Do you trust the Bible? (explain)
THE BIBLE REVEALS THE TRUTH

Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah. Acts 18:28

We may know people who seem to have it all together but are missing the essential truth of the Bible in their lives. When did you last explain the Bible and your faith in God to another person?

THE BIBLE IS HOLY
God promised this Good News long ago through His prophets in the holy Scriptures. Romans 1:2

Paul purposely used the Bible to demonstrate his humility and dependence on God. We make progress in the recovery process when we recognize how helpless we are and how much we need God. When did you make a conscious decision to make Jesus you Lord and Savior? Was it a public decision?

 

GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE

We have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach Him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16
The power of God in us changes our hearts and gives us confidence to tell the truth about Him and about our powerlessness. With his power, we can overcome every problem in our lives. What’s the biggest problem the Bible has helped you overcome in your character?

THE BIBLE IS AUTHORITATIVE

Those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under His curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” Galatians 3:10

God doesn’t always work in ways we expect. But His chain of command is built on our faith. When we put our faith in Him He may use unexpected channels to get His message across to us and to get us to follow it. What is the strangest way God has  delivered His plan and purpose to you?

 

THE BIBLE IS A CHRISTIAN’S SPIRITUAL WEAPON

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
The Bible is our defense against the negative influences of this world and of Satan. It is God’s deliverance of power to us so we can walk in His presence and give hope to others who are struggling with life’s problems. How is the Bible helping you to keep moving forward in your spiritual growth?

 

THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED BY GOD

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16

The Bible is our ultimate guide to healthy living. It is the only accurate measuring tool available to us. It reveals God’s program of life to us and shows us how to properly relate to him and others. How are you relating to God personally?

THE BIBLE HELPS US GROW SPIRITUALLY

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. 1 Peter 2:2

We can come to God with all our problems and needs and He will fill our hearts with love and help us to be the people He wants us to be. What, if anything is holding you back from achieving God’s purpose for you?

 

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DO WHAT IS GOOD
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

As 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.

  • Have are you doing to help others?

 

Prayer: God show me something good I can do today for someone else.