2016 Day 74 pm

Step Eleven: In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it
and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer,
reading the Bible and meditating on it.

You must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time–remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!–into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

God cannot help us in the recovery process unless we let Him. We have to unreservedly and unconditionally  ‘Make a decision to let God help us change and commit to working with Him to do so.’   

Lot’s of people will tell you they have been able to reduce their sinful behavior on their own. But, self-will cannot transform lives, that requires personal relationship with God.

Acts 16:31 says, “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live” 

Daily spiritual assistance requires daily scripture reading, daily interaction with Jesus and daily commitment to the recovery process.

LIVE EVERYDAY,  ONE DAY AT A TIME IN RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

2016 Day 77

Step Eleven: In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it

Acts 3:1 One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting.

Prayer is a means of grace available to people so they can maintain their faith, practice the presence of God and spenD time in communication with Him. It is A means of expreSsing our inward desires and feelings through praise and petition. It is an art to be cultivated, a necessity to be adopted . James Montgomery said ‘Prayer is the Chrsitian’s vital breath and hois native air’ 

It is wise in the process of recovery to set aside time to pray, read the bible and meditate on God’s Word. It is imperative that as things change in us, in our circumstances and in our lives that we do not forget to take time to spend time alone with God. Step Eleven in the process of recovery is one of, if not the most important steps of continued spiritual growth.

Spiritual growth involves hearing, learning and following. In Deuteronomy 5:1 (msg) it says “Moses called all Israel together. He said to them, Attention, Israel. Listen obediently to the rules and regulations I am delivering to your listening ears today. Learn them. Live them.” Moses new the importance of hearing from God, listening to Him amd learning from Him. He realised they are all important aspects of continued spiritual growth.

Spiritual growth always depends on connection to God. Isaiah 27:11 (nlt) The Bible says “People are like the dead branches of a tree, broken off and used for kindling beneath the cooking pots. Israel is a foolish and stupid nation, for its people have turned away from God. Therefore, the One who made them will show them no pity or mercy.” Isaiah compares the state of Israel’s spiritual life with dead branches, broken off to be used as kindling. Unless we continually set aside time to come into the presence of God and communicate with Him we to are like the dead branches of a tree, withering spiritually. Continued spiritual growth is dependent on us staying connected to God.

Encouraging others is also a vital part of our spiritual growth. Romans 14:1 (msg) tells us to “Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with–even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently”. It is important every day in recovery to take self-inventory on our spiritual growth, and remember ‘where  we came from’  Remember how yu reacted to those futher along the road of recovery than you were and how they related to you. Continued spiritual growth is dependent on us sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other so we can all grow and develop our characters through he recovery process together.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH BEGINS WITH PERSONAL REALTIONSHIP WITH JESUS

2016 – Day 64

Step 11: In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.

BIBLE READING: 1 Timothy 4:1-10

1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars.

Relapse in recovery because we listen to bad bad advice or do what is wrong because someone says it’s right happens in recovery.

Todays Bible reading makes it clear daily discipline in this new way of living (God’s way) makes us fit today and forever to face life’s challenges. It also makes it clear that we need to commit completely to living the Twelve Steps and applying them to every area of our lives.

Daily Prayer, Bible Reading and Meditation need to become the ‘norm’ in our daily activities.

The last part of Timothy 4 tells us to ‘keep a firm grip on both our character and teaching.’ 

Now we are in recovery others are watching us, some waiting to see if we make it, if the changes are temporary as they have been in the past and some hoping, praying and everyday that we will remain faithful to God and the process He has begun in us.

LEARN TO LISTEN TO GOD’S VOICE

Recovery Thought #289

phil 2.12-13Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85

Many people choose to live as they please. They give in to their sinful impulses without thinking about God’s will for them. They fall to temptations for a short-term feel good or to escape emotional pain for a while. Recovery is not a ‘quick fix’ solution to all life’s problems, it is a process that requires, listening to God and exercising self-control.

Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13

God’s will for us is not just that we live Godly lives, but He also provides for us the power to do what we need to do to grow spiritually and be the people He created us to be.

August 23, 2015

listen
“The Lord is in his holy Temple.

    Let all the earth be silent before him.”
                   Habakkuk 2:20

It can be hard to define silence. It is paradoxical. It is invisible, yet we are conscious of it. It is intangible, but can be felt. Noiselessness can be deafening.  Silence through voicelessness can be louder than words. ‘Silence can be extremely powerful.’ It is in the silence that life changing situations are resolved, inspiration is stimulated, vital process takes place. In silence roots spread deeply and vigorously, buds open to light, the sun, the moon and the stars fulfill their task.

Silence is called for as a mark of respect in remembrance. God is best acknowledged in humility, worship and silence. Not necessarily for long periods of time, but this kind of exercise means we allow God opportunity to speak to us.

To take time to be quiet. To get along with God. To settle for some silence and rest in his presence is a good habit to practice. It is a valuable means of meditation.

TAKE TIME REGULARLY TO REST, REPAIR AND REGULATE YOUR LIFE…

August 21, 2015

I keep praying to you, Lord, hoping this time you will show me favour. Psalm 69:13

Nothing is hopeless with God. As we progress in recovery we may think “What’s the point?”  Feeling we are wasting our time and wasting our time are two totally different things. ‘We are never helpless with God’ We are never without ‘HOPE’  God is the source of all hope and when we feel hopeless He reminds us to ’turn our lives over to Him and totally depend on Him.’

Remember we live in a fallen world. A world where good behaviour is not always rewarded and bad behaviour is not always punished. Sin has made the world unpredictable and ugly.  In the process of recovery we need to make sure our behaviour matches up with Jesus example of living right.

Remember God is sovereign. Faith in Him is justified even when all seems hopeless and faith based on reward is hollow. Unshakable faith is built on the confidence that His ultimate purpose will result if we ‘seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with Him and His power to do his will.’