1 Peter 1:22 You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. So, you have an honest and true love for your brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply, from the heart.
This verse is talking about the purity of our souls. The dictionary defines the soul as” the principle of life, feeling, thought and action in humans,” In other words the part of me that makes me Archie.
Purity in my life is in direct relation to how I feel, think and act towards others. Honest and true love for others comes from learning to love ourselves, be honest about our feelings and thoughts and acting in accordance with God’s guidance and direction. The purpose of recovery is to become more like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says “God planned that those he had chosen would become like his Son.”
- What are your honest feelings and thoughts about recovery?
Colossians 3:2 If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Colossians 3:2 Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ–that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
2 Peter 1:5 Make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,
Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans. Ephesians 6:11
Moral decay seems to be like cancer eating away at our precious basics. It will destroy us we don’t guard ourselves against it. Humanism has cunningly devised ways of infiltrating our society and is hardly contested.
In the wake of humanism comes anti+Christ action. Degenerating families, questioning everything and presenting a host of doubtful philosophies. Corrupting minds and leading to despondency. Self-pleasing not giving lasting satisfaction.
There is no room in our new way of living for neutrality! We are called to stand up and be counted. Putting on the full armour of God as we get into action, upholding His standards, allying ourselves with His cause, taking a stand on correct moral living.
I. Listening to God is the first step in obeying Him.
Moses called all Israel together. He said to them, Attention, Israel. Listen obediently to the rules and regulations I am delivering to your listening ears today. Learn them. Live them. Deuteronomy 5:1
II. Listening to God is training in humility.
After the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” 1 Kings 19:12-13
III. Spiritual listening allows us to learn from others.
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. James 1:19-20
IV. Spiritual listening is always followed up by action.
It is important to listen to what God’s Word says, but it’s much more important to obey it and do what it says. Are you putting into action what you have learned in recovery?
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LISTEN, FOR THEY SHALL LEARN
1 Corinthians 10:13 You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it.
It is common when we fail in recovery to blame our circumstances or others.
The bottom line is “I am responsible for my actions.” No-one else can make me relapse unless I choose to. We don’t want to hear that but it’s the truth.
Recovery is not easy. Many times it would have been easier for me to turn back to where I felt comfortable than it was to continue in recovery. I choose not to, because ‘my worst day in recovery is far better than my best day when I was using’
- What was your best memory of using?
- How does that compare to your life now?
Prayer: Please God help me always to remember where I came from.