Asking for Help

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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

Step One ~ Week Two Podcast

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Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer your prayers and requests to God. Then, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. This peace will control the way you think and feel.

If we confess our sins to God, He can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.

We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.

If you obey every law except one, you are guilty of breaking them all. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.

Philippians 4:6-7 ~ 1 John 1:9 ~ James 1:14-15 ~ James 2:10 ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20

Coping is not control. Many of us believe that as long as we cope with our problems we are in control of them.

Our coping mechanisms will eventually become our controllers if we don’t change them.

Eventually, when our coping mechanisms stop working we realize we are out of control, need to take responsibility for our bad choices and turn to God for help in doing so.

Step Two: I believe God exists, that he cares about me
and He can help me to regain control of my life.

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#19-God is With You

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Psalms 13:1 Lord, how long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long will you turn your face away from me?

 It takes time to settle into the new routine of ‘Daily Recovery Life’ For so long our lives have just been a mess, no routine, and no support.

One of the big reasons for bale out in recovery is ‘impatience’ People don’t wait around long enough for the miracle to happen.

Be encouraged! God has not forgotten you and He has not brought you this far to leave you where you are.

As you move forward in the recovery process God is going to be calling on you more and more. For now, just enjoy the journey.

  • Do you feel you have progressed in the recovery process?
  • How?

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Refocus Your Behavior

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Hebrews 10:26 If we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.

Changes in our behavior mean little without faith. Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Genesis 15:6

People say all the time “I have changed!” What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14

Believing God’s Word will lead to changed behavior. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the people to get moving!  Exodus 14:15

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

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#17-God Has a Plan

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Psalms 10:14 God, you see trouble and sadness. You take note of it. You do something about it. So those who are attacked place themselves in your care.

No matter what you are going through now God sees it, He knows your sadness and he will provide you a way out.

Most of us would have heard the cliché in recovery ‘IT DOES GET BETTER!’ I don’t want to rub salt into old wounds, but it does. The key ingredient is ‘Time’

Recovery is a continual process of spiritual growth. Spiritual maturity comes through learning and applying the Twelve Steps to our lives daily and persevering ‘One Day at a Time’ with God’s help.

  • Do you believe that God sees what you are going through?
  • Do you believe He is doing something about it?

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This is Boring?

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Have you ever sat in a recovery meeting (or somewhere else) and thought to yourself, “this is boring, wish I was somewhere else.”

There is a verse in the Bible that says “As I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless–like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.” Ecclesiastes 2:11

Boredom is a result of self-centeredness. The next time you think ‘this is boring’ think of the ‘Big Picture’  Why are you in recovery? Is your goal just to stop using? or is it to change your life and be a better you?

Boredom is a result of having the wrong priorities. Our heart gets restless and bored if our focus is on the wrong priorities.  Sometimes boredom is good prompter to highlight to us we need to set different priorities than we already have.

Galatians 3:5 Asks the question “Does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you?” An interesting question that raises another question. “If recovery meetings helped your spiritual growth in the past, what has changed now to bore you?”

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2017 Step One – Day One

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12-steps-cover1 John 1:9 On the other hand, if we admit our sins–make a clean breast of them–he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.

It’s easy to say “I’m a sinner”  it’s another to decide to do something about it. In order to gain and maintain recovery we need to make a conscious decision at the commencement of the recovery process, we are going to do whatever it takes to do whatever we need to change our lives.

 

2016 Day 141

Self-Control

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:12-23

Focus Verse You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it

Step One: – I admit that my life is a mess and  I am out of control.

  1. WE WILL BE TEMPTED
    John 16:33I have told you these things, so that you can have peace because of me. In this world you will have trouble. But cheer up! I have won the battle over the world.”

  2. TEMPTATION IS NOT SIN
    1 Corinthians 10:13 You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it.

  3. TEMPTATION IS A CHOICE
    1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permitted.” But not everything is good for us. Again you say, “Everything is permitted.” But not everything builds us up.

 Temptation doesn’t stop being a problem for us because we make a choice to change. We are tempted because we are human and our nature is sinful.

 

God gives us a choice in recovery to choose to give in to temptation or follow Him.