I have not spoken in secret or kept my purpose hidden. I did not require the people of Israel to look for me in a desolate waste. I am the Lord, and I speak the truth; I make known what is right.”Isaiah 45:19
Don’t blame God for wasted years and misspent opportunities. Even if He has turned the past, with its disappointment and distress into a time we can now look upon as affording us a chance to discover Him, it i unwise to think He would have chosen the course we chose to follow, God did not drive us to drinking and drugging. If we are honest He has always provided us with ample opportunity, through Hos Word to save us from the pitfalls of Godless living.
Few of us prior to recovery have sought His advice or given consideration to His commands. Consequently many of us have had to learn the ‘hard way’ We can only blame ourselves for our lives becoming ‘a waste’
Thankfully that doesn’t need to remain so. Our lives are now redeemable. Once we turn our wills and lives over to the care of God and apply for a new way of living through Jesus Christ God establishes new attitudes, beliefs and character changes within us to help us relinquish association with our old ways. 2 Corinthians 6:17Leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself.
We should waste no opportunity to be what God is calling us to be with His help.
What The Bible Says
No matter what happens, I’m with you and no one is going to be able to hurt you. You have no idea how many people I have on my side in this city.Acts 18:10
When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ.1 Corinthians 8:12
Honest words never hurt anyoneJob 6:25
We’ve sinned a lot, both we and our parents; We’ve fallen short, hurt a lot of people. Psalms 106:6
All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that’s going on in this world. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is.Ecclesiastes 8:9
Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go.John 6:37
Everyone needs recovery and everyone is welcome in Living Life Recovery.
As part of my rehab it was compulsory to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. When I finished the program and left the rehab I continued to attend A.A. At the same time, I established and was running an Alcoholics Victorious Group.
One night when I attended A.A. I shared how Jesus had changed my life and was responsible for my recovery. An elder of the A.A. group came up to me afterwards and said. “This is A.A. not church you can’t talk about Jesus here.” I don’t know if this attitude still exists in A.A. I don’t attend anymore.
Are you open to welcoming everyone into recovery?
Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes–it only makes things worse.Psalms 37:8
He [God] knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.Romans 8:27
He [God] comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 2 Corinthians 1:4
You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us–in one stroke he became poor and we became rich. So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands.2 Corinthians 8:9-12
Here are six things I found useful in the process of learning to ‘COMMITTING TO LETTING GOD HELP ME CHANGE’
Communicate with God regularly
GOD WANTS YOU TO BE YOURSELF Ephesians 5:6Don’t let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him.
Obey what God tells you to do
Jeremiah 7:23 “Obey me. Do what I say and I will be your God and you will be my people. Live the way I tell you. Do what I command so that your lives will go well.”
Make Jesus Christ your ‘One True Higher Power’
Matthew 9:13Figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”
Make God’s goals your goals
Jeremiah 29:11I 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.
Include the Holy Spirit in everything
2 Timothy 1:14Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.
Think! Think! Think!
Matthew 15:19It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornication’s, thefts, lies, and cussing.
STEP THREE I AM MAKING A DECISION TO LET GOD HELP ME CHANGE AND COMMIT TO WORKING WITH HIM TO DO SO
WHEN YOU ARE COMMITTED TO FOLLOWING GOD, HE WILL LEAD YOU TO DISCOVER HIS WILL FOR YOUR LIFE, THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH HE CREATED YOU.
Psalms 25:10From now on every road you travel Will take you to God. Follow the Covenant signs; Read the charted directions.
WHEN YOU ARE COMMITTED TO GOD, HE IS COMMITTED TO WATCHING OUT FOR YOU AND CARING FOR YOU
Psalms 31:23 God takes care of all who stay close to Him.
A PROMISE FROM GOD
Hebrews 3:14 If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul.
Talk It Over
Have you committed to helping God help you change? If not, why not?
2. The promise of God says, “If we can keep our grip on what we have started!” How can you keep your grip on not allowing the past to drag you backward? Explain
It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God. Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself!1 Peter 1:21-23
God’s love and forgiveness frees us to take our eyes off ourselves and to meet others’ needs. By sacrificing His life, Christ showed that He truly loves us. We can love others by following His example
In what ares of your life are you following Christ’s example?
Exodus 5:15, 17The Israelite foremen came to Pharaoh and cried out for relief…… Let us go..
It was an impossible situation. The Egyptians demanded more brisk to be made but gave the Jews less straw to work with; how could it be done? In a deputation to the King they asked for a ‘fair go’ qualified by a request to be allowed to get right away from it all, clouded beneath by their need expressed to go and make a sacrifice to God. Refused all of this, the elders of Israel turned with an outburst of anger towards Moses and Aaron.
When our situations go from bad to worse we usually blame someone else. When we seem to be getting somewhere and encounter frustrating hold-ups it is not unusual for us to cry out. When captive like the Israelite’s the deepest emotional longing that can be express us ‘let us go’. We want to be set-free, liberated. When assisted by the recovery process, where are we going? what does being ‘let go’ set in motion?
If we are prepared to GO ALL THE WAY with God we can confidently expect Him to reveal His plan for our future. LET US GO first of all to Him and keep going. LET US GO with determination, to live in accordance to His will and His Word.
What The Bible Says
Attention, God, our God! GOD the one and only. Deuteronomy 6:4
From now on if you listen obediently to the commandments that I am commanding you today, love God, your God, and serve him with everything you have within you,Deuteronomy 11:13
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.Proverbs 3:5
Give thanks to God–he is good and his love never quits.1 Chronicles 16:34
To be a child of God has nothing to do with human parents. Children of God are not born because of human choice or because a husband wants them to be born. They are born because of what God doesJohn 1:13
God brings us to recovery. He brought me to recovery and He brought you to recovery.
How? I hear you asking. By creating circumstances and opportunities in your life to get here.
Recovery for me is a result of going to a Salvation Army Bridge Program in South Australia. Just before I went to South Australia to end up on the Bridge Program I spent a number of nights sleeping on the streets of Perth in Western Australia in a carpark of the Salvation Army Bridge Program.
Are you prepared to go wherever God wants you to go to achieve recovery?
God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.Romans 5:8
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matthew 22:37-40
The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.1 John 4:21
Prayer: God help me today to hear Your voice and obey.
I’m letting you know what I need, calling out for help And lifting my arms toward your inner sanctum.Psalms 28:2
The third part of step three says ‘I will commit to helping God help me change.’ I love the verse above. God already knows what each of us needs but when begin the recovery process we have no idea. That is why He wants us to tell Him what we think we need. To get our mind focused on ‘the goal’ lasting, growing spiritual recovery at any cost.
Deep concerns confront us in learning the truth of the world in which we have been living. Everyday alcohol and drug abuse causing and aggravating sickness/ Mentally, physically and spiritually. A major factor in domestic violence, family breakdowns, car accidents, hooliganism and disrespectful and shameful treatment of ourselves and others.
Jesus seeks to tear us away from all of that. In Matthew 12:10-12 its says: There was a man there with a crippled hand. They said to Jesus, “Is it legal to heal on the Sabbath?” They were baiting him. He replied, “Is there a person here who, finding one of your lambs fallen into a ravine, wouldn’t, even though it was a Sabbath, pull it out? Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!” Imparting life into what was previously been limp and useless, Jesus expected the man would become useful and put his hands to good work.
Now that we have decided to part with the past and allow Jesus to be our ‘One True Higher Power’ He expects the same from us. He expects us to lend a helping hand to others. It is time to offer our gifts, talents and abilities to those struggling with what we have already overcome with His help.
Our reluctance to lend a helping hand may disappoint Jesus. Dare we sadden Him? Lack of spiritual progress may occur if we refuse to put what we have learned into practice i handing out support to others for the release of captivity in the grips of sin and addiction.
Obedience is not a requirement of Christian commitment and discipleship, it’s the by-product of an undivided heart. – Corky Calhoun
– Recovery is a choice.So is lending a helping hand.
When believers have compassion and conviction simultaneously, a commitment to the Great Commission will follow. – Thom S. Rainer
_ The goal of all 12 Step programs is SERVICE TO GOD AND OTHERS
Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment. – Sinclair Ferguson
PRAYER Lord of healing touch continue to arm me for action, so I can help You help others discover the reality of Your promises for their lives at their own pace. Thank You for all You have done in and through my life till now – please continue Your work in me and help me work for the good of others who need You.
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me…….. as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ Matthew 25:40
None of us can escape social responsibility. Charitable generosity is often used as a means to cover-up for our many omissions in the field of practical help and goodwill. The more we study the life and ministry of Jesus the more we will be impressed by His love for all, and compassionate action/ When we ‘make a decision to let God help‘ we enlist as His followers and the same spirit must increasingly take hold of us.
How much we dread the thoughts of past days when we treated others, whilst ‘under the influence’ and assumed an aggressive attitude that often knew no boundaries.
The affect of alcohol and drug-abuse are far reaching, Multitudes of innocent victims suffer enormously because of them. If we caused serious damage, hurt and irreparable harm then we need to continually pray for God’s healing to extend beyond ourselves to those who suffered the consequences of our sinful and selfish behavior.
What The Bible Says
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and you will only have trivialized yourself. But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom. Matthew 5:19
“Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”Matthew 5:48
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.” Matthew 6:14