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God’s will for me

There are times when God’s will for me is the direct opposite of what I want. My recovery depends on me accepting the fact ‘I don’t always know what’s best for me’. I can be self-centered. When I came to recovery and agreed with God to ‘give control to Him’ I agrees to submit my life and will to Him. For that reason I must now and always make choices based on His will for me, His Word and His direction through prayer and meditation.

Galatians 5:16-17 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

God is God always

John 16:33 ” Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. ”

Even when things go wrong God is still God. He still loves us and wants to help us overcome our negative life issues.

Depend on the Holy Spirit.

In recovery it is crucial to learn to depend on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit reveals the truth of God’s Word (John 15:25-27). Learning God’s truth equips us for what God and life have on store for us.

God will take care of me.

DO YOUR PART.

Deuteronomy 29:29 GOD, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation.

STAY CLOSE TO GOD.

Psalms 31:23 Love GOD, all you saints; GOD takes care of all who stay close to him, But he pays back in full
those arrogant enough to go it alone.

GOD ALREADY HAS PLANS FOR US.

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.

BE HONEST AND OF GOOD CHARACTER.

Luke 12:15 Speaking to the people, he went on,”Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

LET GOD BE GOD

Acts 17:25 or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him.

GOD WILL SUPPLY WHAT YOU NEED.

Philippians 4:19 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.

DON’T LIVE IN THE PAST.

Hebrews 10:18 Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD,

James 2:18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying,”Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”
Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.

STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP.

1 John 3:21 Friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God!

LET GOD HAVE THE BAD STUFF.

Jude 1:9 The Archangel Michael, who went to the mat with the Devil as they fought over the body of Moses, wouldn’t have dared level him with a blasphemous curse, but said simply,”No you don’t. God will take care of you!”

Growing in God

Psalms 18:6 I call to GOD, I cry to God to help me.

Growing up I attended a couple of activities that I drew on on early recovery to establish my relationship with God.

1. The Salvation Army -Sunday school
(Paisley, Corps)

2. The Boys Brigade
(Paisley, Scotland)

These were beneficial to me, of enormous value as I commenced my relationship with God.

I lived a life of waste and insanity for years. Yet, when I finally reached rock bottom I remembered from a long distant past the things I had learned if God. Which made them easier to apply to my life.

Thank God for His patience. Recovery is not easy, but it is simple. Put God First.

Loss of power

As I prepared the Living Life Recovery weekly video today there was a knock at my door. “I’m here to install your smart meter” said the man at the door. And “I need to disconnect the power”

This frustrated me no end as I had a plan that required power to complete. But it was out of my hands.

As I sit here now on the train to Melbourne heading for ‘night outreach’ at 614 I thank God for the life lesson.

We all have plans that rely on His power but we are not in control. He is, and our part is to do what He tells us, when He tells us leaving the results to Him.

Thank you God for your faithfulness…..

Personal Boundaries

A big part of setting personal boundaries in our lives is knowing how and when to say no. None of us like to say it, but there are times when we have too. As I completed the 12 steps and applied the principles of recovery to my life I set personal boundaries. Set for my own recovery and well-being. Not everyone liked them, I didn’t like some of them but they were and continue to be necessary to maintaining continuing spiritual growth. Alone time with God for me is imperative to me being able to function daily for Him, How is it with you?

Teaching Children

Psalms 51:13 Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home.

A man helped his son complete his science project for school. This usually means him doing it, his son watching, him explaining it, his son taking notes.

It also on occasions includes the son spitting his dummy and stating “I can do it better without you’. Only to come back later somewhat subdued with the question “Dad can you please help me?”

This story reminds me so much of my early relationship with God. Asking for His help, getting frustrated because He didn’t do things my way. Deciding I knew best and trying unsuccessfully to do things my way. Then having to come back and humble myself before God and do things His way because He is God (my heavenly Father). He not only knows what’s best for me but He also always wants the best for me.

False Pride

Step 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

James 1:9-10 Humble believers should be proud because being humble makes them important. Rich believers should be proud because being rich should make them humble.

In 1987 I first entered ‘Recovery’ in a 3 month live-in rehabilitation programme in Western Australia. I stopped drinking and using drugs – I learned the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, attended meetings on a regular basis (even started a couple of new ones). But I had a problem, that problem was ‘false pride’ You see I had lived my life believing God was for the week and I never saw myself as being weak so I had no place in my life for Him. Although I believed He was in my life, I never believed in giving Him control of my life, nor did I ‘humbly ask Him to remove my shortcomings’ I knew I had them but believed it was up to me to change them. As a result of my wrong beliefs and attitudes I drank again. However, because of what I had learned in A.A. I knew I had to do something to STOP So I did a geographical to to South Australia. Where I again moved into a live-in rehabilitation programme The Bridge Programme There I learned of my need for God, a personal relational need on a daily basis. I learned to LET GO of the false pride that prevented me from achieving lasting life recovery and to LET GOD into all the areas of my life I had not permitted Him into previously. The reuslt is I am now in my 21st year of a lasting, loving relationship with Him and I still go to Him daily and ‘humbly ask Him to remove my shortcomings’

In John 14:1-4 Jesus says “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” Today because of the letting go of false pride I am certain He is preparing a place for me and when everything ready He will come and get me so I can live with Him forever.

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