Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women. Proverbs 15:31
He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually, the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Jeremiah 29:11 says “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Do you know God’s plan for your life? If you do What are you doing to make His plan your reality in daily living?
My name is Archie and I am recovered alcoholic. Recovered through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit living in and through my life on a daily basis. Words I have spoken thousands of times since I have been involved in recovery since 1987 and as a Christian since 1989. Words that I wonder “Do people really understand.” Do people realize what I have gone through to become the person I am today?
Right now in my life for the first time in many, many years I am not involved in or leading a recovery group. Circumstances in my life have led me to have to withdraw from involvement. Exhausted through the demands of my life I stopped and I prayed the same prayer I have prayed for many, many years “Lord show me the next step.” What came was the verse Matthew 11:28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” So for the last few weeks, I have been resting, learning from Jesus how to “take a real rest.”
The last time I took such a rest was 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. During that time I learned to rely on God and lean on Him more than I have ever done in my life. At that time, inspired by the Holy Spirit I also wrote a book of 365 recovery thoughts. Initially written under the title ‘Discussion Starters for Recovery Leaders.’ The book now finished but never published is now the product of many of my blog posts on Living Life Recovery under the topic heading ‘Living Life Recovery Reflections.’
Since taking that last rest, writing that book and learning from God how to‘recover my life.’ I now feel encouraged, with the Holy Spirits prompting to write another book. Based on the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery
I also want, eventually to write my autobiography but that’s an ongoing project that will take more time than I have right now.
The title of the new book is Recovery is a Choice! Many, many people enter the recovery process, unaware of what it is all about, of what they need to do to achieve and maintain lasting successful recovery. My hope in writing this book is it will help me to fulfill God’s purpose for my life, which I believe is ‘to introduce others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through understanding and applying the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery to their lives.’
Jeremiah 29:8-12 Believe it or not, this is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God: “Don’t let all those so-called preachers and know-it-alls who are all over the place there take you in with their lies. Don’t pay any attention to the fantasies they keep coming up with to please you. They’re a bunch of liars preaching lies–and claiming I sent them! I never sent them, believe me.” God’s Decree! This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.”
Jeremiah 29:10 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home.”
God speaks to us through His word: He promises us that at the right time in our lives He will show up and take care of everything. He will take notice of what is going on in and through our lives and provide a solution to every problem.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:6
Jeremiah 29:11 I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
God has a plan for our lives and He knows what He is doing.
If you asked me today what I am searching for through recovery the answer is found in 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.”
Proverbs 19:21 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but GOD’s purpose prevails.
Proverbs 15:22 Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.
Ecclesiastes 3:17 “There’s a right time for everything, every deed–and there’s no getting around it.”
Ephesians 1:8-9 He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ.
Ephesians 3:12 When we trust in Him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go.
Philemon 1:1-3 I, Paul, am a prisoner for the sake of Christ, here with my brother Timothy. I write this letter to you, Philemon, my good friend and companion in this work– also to our sister Apphia, to Archippus, a real trooper, and to the church that meets in your house. God’s best to you! Christ’s blessings on you!
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled.
Step Eleven says “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.”
I am hungry to discover God’s purpose for my life. Because of that I am going to apply all the principles of recovery to my life so I can be best equipped to do what God wants when I discover what it is.
I am thirsty to taste this new way of living and experience all it has to offer me. I recently heard a sermon titles Ready-Set-Go. The speaker said the SET is all about being READY for what God had in store for us. That’s how I see step eleven – getting ready!
Don’t worry! You are more valuable to him than many sparrows. “If anyone publicly acknowledges me as his friend, I will openly acknowledge him as my friend before my Father in heaven. But if anyone publicly denies me, I will openly deny him before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:31-33
John 4:13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst–not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
I’m thirsty for God-alive. I wonder, “Will I ever make it– arrive and drink in God’s presence?” Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion.
Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand. “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever.”
Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
Psalms 42:2 ~ Psalms 107:5 ~ Isaiah 55:6 ~ Matthew 5:6 ~ John 6:35 ~ Romans 12:20-21