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Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More, more.” I have God’s more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day Than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, For you, GOD, have put my life back together. Psalms 4:6-8

4o Days of Recovery ~ Day 37

The Mission Field is Where You Are

 

 

 

Bible Reading: Luke 10:1-20

Focus Verse: Luke 10:20  “The great triumph is not in your authority over evil but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you–that’s the agenda for rejoicing.”

MAKING A DIFFERENCE WHERE YOU ARE
Romans 1:20 Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

INFORMING PEOPLE ABOUT THE TRUTH
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”

SEARCHING FOR THE LOST
Luke 15:7 There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

SUPPORTING THE FOUND
Philippians 2:4-5 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

INITIATING GOD-CONTACT
2 Timothy 2:24-26 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

OPENING UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE CHANGE
Ephesians 3:7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving Him by spreading this Good News.

NOT GIVING UP ON PEOPLE
James 2:1-4 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”–well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

The Word For Recovery

1 Chronicles 16:24

Sing to God, everyone and everything! Get out his salvation news every day! Publish his glory among the godless nations, his wonders to all races and religions. And why? Because God is great—well worth praising! No god or goddess comes close in honor. All the popular gods are stuff and nonsense, but God made the cosmos! Splendor and majesty flow out of him, strength and joy fill his place.

4o Days of Recovery Day 36

I know I missed a day….

All they gave Him [God] was lip service; they lied to Him with their tongues. Their hearts were not loyal to Him. They did not keep His covenant. Yet He was merciful and forgave their sins. Many times He held back His anger and did not unleash His fury! For He remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns. Psalms 78:36-39

The slogan for Living Life Recovery. Given to me by the Holy Spirit in 2005 why I commenced this ministry is “RECOVERY IS ABOUT LEARNING TO LIVE LIFE. LIVING LIFE IS MORE THAN JUST RECOVERY.” I don’t know about you but early in recovery, I learned to talk a good game. And if I am honest I probably still do but for different reasons than I used to. I used to talk a good game (lip service) because I learned to express the horror of my story in meetings and one on one to people because they believed I was doing so well. It wasn’t true and recovery for me back in the beginning 1987 was all about me. I learned to talk of a higher power I never knew, expressed faith I never had and embellished my story to make it fit whatever group at which I was sharing.

Then one night alone in my room in rehab in South Australia I met the real Higher Power and He invited me to follow Him and never live the way I used to live again. He had always been there in my walk, prompting me to follow Him and obey Him but He knew I was merely mortal, destined to failure when left to my own devices. I said yes and from that day to this day I have never returned to or desired to return to my old way of life.

Recovery is about learning to live life. God’s way Living life is more than just recovery. Life is not just about meetings. Life is about living. Listen obediently,…… Do what you’re told so that you’ll have a good life, a life of abundance and bounty, just as God promised, in a land abounding in milk and honey. Deuteronomy 6:3

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Romans 8:6 Following after the Holy Spirit leads to life and peace, but following after the old nature leads to death.

OUR ABILITY TO THINK

We differ from animals in that we can observe, think, and arrive at logical conclusions. We are endowed by God, our creator, with understanding.

WE HAVE CHOICES
Romans 6:6-8 Your old evil desires were nailed to the cross with him; that part of you that loves to sin was crushed and fatally wounded, so that your sin-loving body is no longer under sin’s control, no longer needs to be a slave to sin; for when you are deadened to sin you are freed from all its allure and its power over you. And since your old sin-loving nature “died” with Christ, we know that you will share his new life

WE HAVE A GOD WHO LOVES AND SUPPORTS US
Romans 8:27-29 The Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as He pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans. For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to Him—and all along He knew who would—should become like his Son, so that His Son would be the First, with many brothers.

BECAUSE WE HAVE CHOICES AND A GOD WHO LOVES AND SUPPORTS US THE BIBLE SAYS WE HAVE TWO POSSIBLE MINDSETS
OUR OLD WAY OF THINKING

Following the crowd to fit in Colossians 2:18 says “Don’t let anyone declare you lost when you refuse to worship angels, as they say you must. They have seen a vision, they say, and know you should. These proud men (though they claim to be so humble) have a very clever imagination”

God created me to be me and you to be you, so be the best you you can be.

Listening to lies because we don’t want to admit the truth about ourselves and our lives 1 Timothy 6:5 These arguers—their minds warped by sin—don’t know how to tell the truth; to them the Good News is just a means of making money. Keep away from them.

If you ask enough people you are sure to find one who thinks like you and will give you the answers you want to stop you from facing up to the truth of your reality. The Bible says we should Pray about everything; telling God your needs, and thanking Him for His answers. Philippians 4:6

Trusting God to help us to change what we think which will change what we do, Titus 1:15 says “A person who is pure of heart sees goodness and purity in everything; but a person whose own heart is evil and untrusting finds evil in everything, for his dirty mind and rebellious heart color all he sees and hears.”

Changing our thinking patterns is important on a daily basis if we want to change our lives. There is a cliche in Alcoholics Anonymous that says THINK! THINK! THINK! and we all need to discipline ourselves to learn to think before we act on our feelings.
GOD’s WAY OF THIKING

In the Bible Paul says Romans 7:23-25 There is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free.

For many of us for many years we have tried in our own strength to achieve and maintain recovery and character change, unsuccessfully and we can relate to what Paul is saying. Now it’s time to learn to listen to Jesus and do the things He tells us to do so we can experience His peace in our lives.

Jesus says: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

Ephesians 4:23 says “Your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.”

1 Corinthians 2:15-16 says “The spiritual man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can’t understand him at all. How could he? For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord’s thoughts, or to discuss them with him, or to move the hands of God by prayer. But, strange as it seems, we Christians actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 2:14 says “The man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means. Others just can’t take it in.”

If we want to understand the thoughts of Jesus and experience the gift of ‘peace of mind’ He talks about we need to change our attitudes and thoughts as we grow daily in faith and understanding of the reality of the opportunities recovery brings to our lives.

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Death here means spiritual death, or separation from God. When we constantly think of the flesh and how to gratify ourselves it definitely separateds usfrom God.

Death stands in contrast to a “life and peace.”

“Life” is eternal or the life of God which Christ imparts into the believer.

Jesus said “Anyone who believes in me will have eternal life.” John 3:15
He also said “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” John 10:10

“Peace” is the tranquillity Jesus Christ brings to the heart of the believer who seeks to please God in his spirit.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Romans 14:7 says “We are not our own bosses to live or die as we
ourselves might choose.”

Abstinence to Living Life Recovery

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My recovery journey began in 1986.That is when I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous and the Twelve Steps. I learned them and applied some of them.

I listened in meetings when they suggested you ‘take what you want and leave the rest.’ Looking back now I think that was also my attitude to the Steps. The result of this was periods of abstinence and periods of relapse.

In 1989 I began ‘Living Life Recovery’ Up till now (because I haven’t really thought about it) I credited it to the prayer I prayed at the side of my bed, where I heard the voice of Jesus say “You don’t have to live like this anymore,follow me and I will lead you!” Which I still believe was a big part of my transformation. But, it was also due to a Bible Study I was introduced to early on in recovery:

NAVIGATORS, nine weeks of studies in Christian living that set spiritual disciplines in my recovery early and gave me a thirst for God knowledge that has continued in me till this day.

Successfully living life recovery I am certain requires we develop a yearning to understand God’s purpose for our lives, seek to find it and apply it on a daily basis to every area of our lived.

Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [ in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. [1 Peter 5:8 AMP]

4o Days of Recovery Day 34

 

 

 

Here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

 

 

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY DOESN’T ABSOLVE OUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
We are responsible for what we say and what we do. We are also responsible for our past mistakes and making amends for them. Recovery requires a change of culture and a willingness to ‘be different’ In the past, we have got by trying to fit in. It is now time to seek the will of God for our lives and putting it into practice. It is now time to make sure the sins of the past are not coming back to haunt us in the future. The way to do that is by taking responsibility for them. Admitting and accepting them and doing all we can do, with God’s help to minimize their influence on our life moving forward.

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