John 8:23-24 Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms. I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. If you won’t believe I am who I say I am, you’re at the dead end of sins. You’re missing God in your lives.”
Romans 14:7 We don’t live for ourselves alone. And we don’t die all by ourselves.
The most important relationship in our recovery is our relationship with God. Everything we are going through is to bring us to the point of service to Him and others.
He rescued me from a fate worse than death. He helped me to clean up my life and He continues to help me to continue moving forward in spiritual recovery day by day. Everything I think, say and do is seen by Him and I try to live my life at all times in a manner that brings glory to Him.
None of us arrived in recovery because we wanted to. We arrived in recovery because God lead us here. Every day we need to remember that and do our best to live our lives in ways that won’t embarrass or offend Him.
- What are you still doing in your life that you are embarrassed about?
Prayer: Lord help me today not to offend or embarrass You
Job 6:29 No double-talk! Think carefully–my integrity is on the line!
Romans 13:8 Pay everything you owe. But you can never pay back all the love you owe each other. Those who love others have done everything the law requires.
Some relationships can never be repaired. People may have passed away. They may have moved away and you have lost touch with them.
As I said previously the most devastating thing that ever happened to me in my life was not attending my Dad’s funeral. The second was not taking the time to get to know him again when I had the opportunity. There are a number of gaps in my life, things I can’t remember that my Dad could have filled. No one else can.
Part of the healing process in my recovery journey was writing a long letter to my Dad telling him what I should have told him and asking him the questions I should have asked him.
- Who on your list can’t you contact writing a letter to will help?
Prayer: God reveal to me the people writing a letter to will help me heal. Let me not use this as an excuse to avoid
Romans 5:21 All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life–a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.
Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.
Romans 12:17-18 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody.
I read this verse and immediately into my head jumps the phrase “Don’t get hurt, get even.” That’s how I used to think. If you hurt me I would hurt you back, but worse. If you took something from me I would take away something from you, but more precious. It wasn’t a healthy way to live and it meant through recovery I had a lot of work to do on me.
The verse 18 says “ If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody..” In other words, don’t hold grudges and take action that is going to repair relationships.
I have heard a lot of people over the years say to me “I talked to God about it, that’s enough.” It’s not! None of us were designed to live alone with God. He designed us for relationship/ To not only get along with others but to help others become all that He created them to be.
- Who would you rather hold a grudge against than repair the relationship with?
Prayer: Lord help me today to recognize the people in my life I am holding resentments against and do whatever I can to repair our relationship.