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Don’t lie to your friends – it hurts

I don’t want to die but do I want to live.

Everyday I work with people who’s lives are in crisis. Crisis caused by many different circumstances. Crisis to which most see as the solution alcohol and drugs.

I was meeting with one of these people recently who was distressed and said to me ‘I don’t want to die’ to which I asked the questions ‘do you want to live?’ and ‘are you willing to go to any length to make it happen’

Many of us come to recovery to ‘stop using’ but not to get ‘clean’. Because getting clean requires life transformation.

Death casts a frightening shadow over us because we are entirely helpless in it’s presence. We can struggle with pain, disease, injury and even addiction. But cannot overcome death.

Eventually we are all going to die and we can do nothing about it. What we can do is change how we live here, right now and our final destination in eternity.

The Bible is clear. The only way to heaven is through personal relationship with Jesus Christ and obedience to God’s commandments here and now.

Do you want to live and not just exist? Turn your life over to God today through acceptance of Christ as your Saviour, repentance of your sin and commitment to obedience to His commandments here on earth.

Psalms 23:4 Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

Honesty is the best policy

Addiction and compulsion creates personality problems. In a bid to escape uncomfortable feelings and face up to our responsibilities we invent complex and careless alter realities.

In order to correct our personality problems we need to turn to God. Only in relationship with Him can the refining personality corrections occur to help us change our lives and become the people He wants us to be.

2 Corinthians 4:2 We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.

Remember the cost

‘He paid a debt He did not owe,
I owed a debt I could not pay’.

But Christ paid it for me.

Today this thought has occupied a large space in my mind and heart. Without Jesus I am nothing. He made me new. He gives me the resources and abilities to live life with and for Him.

Today I want to thank Him again for being God and allowing me the privilege of personal relationship with Him. THANK YOU JESUS!

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.

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