Purpose

Jeremiah 29:8-12 Believe it or not, this is the Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God: “Don’t let all those so-called preachers and know-it-alls who are all over the place there take you in with their lies. Don’t pay any attention to the fantasies they keep coming up with to please you. They’re a bunch of liars preaching lies–and claiming I sent them! I never sent them, believe me.” God’s Decree! This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. 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. “When you call on me when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.

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Jeremiah 29:10 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home.”

God speaks to us through His word: 
He promises us that at the right time in our lives He will show up and take care of everything. He will take notice of what is going on in and through our lives and provide a solution to every problem.

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:6

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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.

God has a plan for our lives and He knows what He is doing.
If you asked me today what I am searching for through recovery the answer is found in Step 11“In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.”

 

Proverbs 19:21 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but GOD’s purpose prevails.

Proverbs 15:22 Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.

Ecclesiastes 3:17 “There’s a right time for everything, every deed–and there’s no getting around it.”

Ephesians 1:8-9 He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ.

Ephesians 3:12 When we trust in Him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go.
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Read The Bible

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Psalms 79:9 God our Saviour, help us. Then glory will come to you. Be true to your name. Save us and forgive our sins.

 If others offer you advice that goes against the Word of God, it is the wrong advice.

A large part of my personal life with Jesus revolves around making sure I am doing what He wants. I do that through prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on what the Bible says.

The beauty of the Bible is the more you read it, study it and meditate on it the more you understand the character of God.

Recovery is a consistent process of spiritual growth so is understanding the Bible.

You need to read the Bible as often as takes for you to understand it.

  • How often do you read and consult God’s Word?

 

 Prayer: Lord help me to develop good Bible reading disciplines.
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Follow God’s Advice

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Psalms 39:8 Save me from all the wrong things I’ve done. Don’t let foolish people make fun of me.

 Criticism from others comes in two forms constructive and destructive.

It is my experience people who want you to move forward in recovery offer constructive criticism and it is motivated by love. People who really don’t want you in recovery for whatever reason offer destructive criticism often to cover their own faults and failures.

With both forms of criticism, my advice is patience. Recovery is about getting to know God and yourself. Step seven is about changing your character to bring it into line with God’s character.

The best person to listen to when it comes to recovery is God. No matter what criticism you receive from others.

  • Are you listening to God?

The WORD For Recovery

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Psalms 32:8 I will guide you and teach you the way you should go. I will give you good advice and watch over you.

God has a plan and a purpose for us all. Just as He created us all in His image as individuals His plan for our recovery is individual.

One of the most important aspects of the recovery process is the subject of sponsors/mentors. We all need one, but they need to be the right one. Sponsors/mentors in the process of recovery are special individuals. Whose God-given task is to guide and support people on God’s path for them. It is not to create carbon copies of ourselves.

The carbon copy of recovery is Jesus Christ and our goal through the process of character change needs to be to become more like Him.

  • Do you have a Sponsor or Mentor who is helping you in recovery?
  • Are they Christian?

Be Yourself

Listening To Wrong Advice

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Psalms 1:1 How well God must like you-you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

Advice is often cheap. Have you ever noticed how many people there are that only want to tell you what is good for you? Or continually want to tell you how you should live your life.

We often make a mess of our lives, not because we don’t know what is right but because we listen to the wrong advice and act on it. I heard a saying in A.A. many years ago that rings as true today as it did then. “If you want to be a winner stick with the winners!” If you want advice about living life recovery speak to someone who is successfully living life recovery, who have put the past behind them and are kicking goals with God’s help.

There are many voices in the world telling us what to do. May we always remember that God is also always speaking to us. He has something special to say to all of us. He speaks through His Word, He speaks through those living victoriously and He speaks to us through quiet times of prayer and meditation. When we take time to listen to Him we will begin to view life differently and walk in His ways.

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Thought For The Day

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Don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God. 3 John 1:11

Not all the advice you are going to get in recovery is goods advice. Like all walks of life, the people in recovery are human and therefore fallible. We don’t know everything! Even if we act like we do.

If we did we would have no need for recovery and no need for a relationship with Jesus.

That’s why in the process of recovery we need to investigate everything for ourselves. Despite what some may think. ‘One Size Fits All’ does not work in recovery. We are all created in God’s image, individually. That still blows me away every time I think about it. God created us all in his image as individuals! That means when it comes to our recoveries no two will ever look the same.

We are called through the process of recovery ‘To be different and make a difference.’ To have a positive influence in our ‘Sphere of Influence’ and to be examples to others in and outside of recovery of what it really means to be ‘Saved by Grace’

  • When people look at you, how you act and react to life what do they see?
  • Would they want to have a recovery walk like your recovery walk?

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Daily Reflection July 23, 2016

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 Psalms 79:9 God our Saviour, help us. Then glory will come to you. Be true to your name. Save us and forgive our sins.

 If others offer you advice that goes against the Word of God, it is the wrong advice.

A large part of my personal life with Jesus revolves around making sure I am doing what He wants. I do that through prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on what the Bible says.

The beauty of the Bible is the more you read it, study it and meditate on it the more you understand the character of God.

Recovery is a consistent process of spiritual growth so is understanding the Bible.

You need to read the Bible as often as takes for you to understand it.

  • How often do you read and consult God’s Word?

 

Prayer: Lord help me to develop good Bible reading disciplines.

Is the advice you have been given in recovery based on facts?

Proverbs 4:1-2 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live. I’m giving you good counsel; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.

Is the advice you have been given in recovery based on facts? Everyone you meet has opinions, but are they “WALKING THE WALK?” Does their walk line-up with God’s Word? Are they consistent in every area of their lives?

We should never be to quick to accept or reject the advice given to us by others. We need to evaluate it carefully and weigh it up against the teachings of God’s Word. Not all messages come from God and the Bible warns us to ‘guard against false teachers.

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Let God Lead

Psalms 32:8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

God wants to lead us. He has a plan for us each. He has already determined the outcomes. He will do what is beat for us. He will be with us in every moment. But only if we invite Him to be there.

Make a choice to let God lead today, if you haven’t already. I did and because of it I have everything I need in my life today.