2016 Day 78

Isaiah 61 1-3 The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor,heal the heartbroken,Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.God sent me to announce the year of his grace—a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn,
To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory.

Recovery, healing and freedom are found in Jesus. They bring us clarity, joy and peace, and prepare us for service. As we mature spiritually in the process we become aware of  ‘The Mission’ , which is to “Carry the message” 

Sharing our experience, strength and hope is part of our mission. In  John 20:21 Jesus says “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you”  Helping others discover and understand the process of recovery is our responsibility.

Suffering people are our mission. Romans 1:18-20 tells us God shows his anger against sinful, evil people who push away the truth and He puts His knowledge of the truth in our hearts. He calls on us to convince those  still caught up in sin of the consequences of their sin and calls us to show them the way to salvation and walk it with them.

DISCOVER THE MISSION AND GO!

2016 Day 74

Step Twelve: Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of individual relationship with God throughJesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.

Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. 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 on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

Recovery is about encouraging each other.  When we share our experience strength and hope with each other through meetings, small groups and individually we encourage each other that whilst I might not yet be where I want to be I am where I need to be.

What we say, what we do, how we live should be an example to those following behind us in the process that “It does get better.”  1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.”

1 Thessalonians 3:7 saya “In the middle of our trouble and hard times here, just knowing how you’re doing keeps us going.” There is nothing more encouraging when you aren’t travelling so well in recovery than when someone says “Here is what happened to me, here is how I coped and look at the results.”

YOUR STORY IS IMPORTANT – DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHARE IT

 

 

2016 Day 68

Step Twelve: Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.

Yesterday I was unable to get to my blog.. but that’s another story for another day, and today I want to talk about stories.

God loves a good story. Jesus ministry was full of Him telling stories to teach His disciples and to teach people about the Kingdom of God. In Mark 4:30  He says “How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use?”

The most powerful tool of ministry any of us has is our own story. You can’t get it wrong, people can’t argue with it, you know all the facts, feelings and frustrations about it., because you lived it. And, people are interested in it, especially if you have a few years of recovery life experiance to back it up. The other good thing about all of our stories is through them we engaged in the life stories of others, people who influenced us in how to live right, people who influenced us in how not to live and people who were just there and had no influence.

The Twelves Steps of Recovery. Are about learning YOUR STORY‘ because most of us when caught up in our addictions and compulsions never really took the time or the effort to know ourselves. The Steps are about GETTING TO KNOW GOD’S STORY‘ They are about developing a personal relationship with Jesus, where He can help us face, accept, acknowldge and share the pain and hurt of our stories we spent so much of our time running a way from.

Step Twelve says “Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”

The purpose of the Twelve Steps is to learn ‘YOUR STORY and to share it with God, ourselves and others so that God can use you in His service to ‘CARRY THE MESSAGE’ and to live your life as a living example of His grace.

On my facebook page a few days ago I shared a post to which someone replied “YOUR WHAT WE CALL IN THE SALVO’s  A TROPHY OF GRACE ARCHIE.” Today I am blessed because God rescued me from my addiction, placed me in the right place to recieve His healing and introduced me to the right people to help me to get to know Him, to turn my will and my life over to Him and to live my life ‘FOLLOWING JESUS’ My daily prayer is that God will use me to influence the lives of others to make that same choice in their lives.

YOU ONLY HAVE ONE STORY YOU KNOW PERFECTLY – START SHARING IT

God comes alongside to help us to navigate the past

2Co 1:3-4 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs

When we decide to ‘Turn our wills and lives over to the care of God.‘ He comes alongside to help us to navigate the past We can count on Him to stay in relationship with us as we address the issues we need to address and move forward into a new future.

Then as we progress in the process of spiritual growth He creates opportunities for us to point someone else in His direction so He can help them too.

Get to know Him better

It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe. Proverbs 29:25

We can find release through ‘repentance of sin’. We can receive forgiveness through the ‘Grace of God‘ Changing our attitudes and behaviors requires us to learn and implement the steps into our daily living.

At the end of 2015 we have a choice to ‘go on or go down.’ Recovery is a process of growth. None of us can stay where we are now. We either need to ‘move on or go back.’

In Philippians 3:14-15  Paul says “I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above. All of us who are spiritually mature should have this same attitude. But if some of you have a different attitude, God will make this clear to you.”

At the end of another year my prayer for everyone in recovery and in need of recovery is that we will always keep Jesus in view. That we will aim for His presence more than anything else. That we will allow Him to have full control of our lives, accept Him completely as our Lord and our Savior.

As we get ready to kick off a new year I would like to challenge everyone reading this to get to know Him better personally in the year ahead in order that we can all become whatever He has planned for us to be and others will be introduced to relationship with Him through our example.

Stick with the winners

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. Philippians 3:8

Addiction inflicts loss on us, it is not a winning life. It has been said ‘addiction will remove stains from summer clothes.’ This may be correct; but it will also remove summer clothes and winter clothes from the backs of those caught up in it. It will deprive families of their clothes, food and other things they are entitled to. It removes trust and good will, it is a down-grader. Most people reading this will be able to relate. You will have lost much, and will lose even more unless change occurs in your life. Loss of reputation, self-worth and hope are among the most forfeited blessings.

MEDITATION

The Bible repeatedly sets before us stories of loss. It reveals how recovery took place in some cases. Wise people consider carefully the mistakes made by Bible characters. Brilliant people who did silly things that led to harsh losses and consequences. Brilliant people who disregarded God and paid the price for short-lived gain and self-satisfaction. Be ever thankful if God has won you over from the ever losing cycle of addiction. Living on the winning side is thrilling and fulfilling. Each of us, through the process of recovery have opportunity to relinquish short-term gain and self-satisfaction by holding firm to the innermost spiritual gain that can only be found in personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the One True Higher Power. Today we have a choice to continue on the path of the losers or to ‘STICK WITH THE WINNERS’

PRAYER

Lord, I have frequently sold out cheaply and hung with the losers. Teach me today to hang with You and ‘Stick with the winners.’

A good reputation comes from obeying God’s Word.

Have you ever met someone who comes into your recovery group, sharing time comes and all they can talk about is how much they are doing to help others, with no mention of their own recovery? I have, most of them all a good game. They do their homework and I believe they believe they are doing what God wants. But are they? You have all heard the story I am sure ‘You cab feed a man fish and feed him today, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a life-time.’ No-one ends up in recovery meetings for other people. God introduces people to recovery! It is through prayer, meditation and the study of His word we learn what we need to learn to live our lives in relationship with Him. And yes! He gives us opportunities to be His representative in the lives of others. Our reputation needs to be built on our own experience, strength and hope of walking daily with Him. Not on the things we do in obedience to Him. We are not in recovery to glorify SELF – we are in recovery to GLORIFY GOD.

Reputation
A good reputation comes from obeying God’s Word.