Matthew 26:69 Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”
Why are some of us ashamed of being in recovery? Like Peter if someone asks us where we are going to when we are heading to a recovery meeting do we tell lies and deny it. Do we think people didn’t know about our addictions and compulsions? Do we believe they can’t see the difference in how we are living now?
When questioned about our recovery is we try to hide the facts it could lead to our downfall. I can’t stress enough the importance of continually checking on ourselves, including how we react to others who may not be as positive about the recovery process as we are.
- If someone questioned you about why you attend recovery meetings would you be able to give them an honest answer?
John 3:16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”
The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent sift and weigh every word. The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless. The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder. Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground. Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good; the wicked will respect God-loyal people. Proverbs 14:15-19
We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it–and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. Galatians 2:16
So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God. Hebrews 6:1
Psalms 37:6 He will make your godly ways shine like the dawn. He will make your honest life shine like the sun at noon.
God wants to use you to encourage others. He did it with me and He wants to do it with you. That is why as we go through this process of becoming what God wants us to be we need to get it right.
God provides opportunities for us through the process of recovery. Learning opportunities where we learn more about ourselves and Him. It never stops! There is still so much about me I don’t know. Stuff that has not yet been dealt with in my sinful habits and attitudes. I know that because all the time memories are coming back to me about things I had forgotten in my past. The reason I believe it happens is that the more I grow spiritually the more God equips me to handle. He makes me aware of things to make me more like Jesus s I deal with them.
- What are your God-given opportunities?
- How are you using them?
Psalms 116:7 I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings.”
Psalms 116:12 What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
Proverbs 10:6 Blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.
Proverbs 11:26 Curses on those who drive a hard bargain! Blessings on all who play fair and square!
John 20:29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
2 Corinthians 9:8 God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone! The new has come!
Another of my favorite scriptures. This verse in my recovery saved my life.
I never believed when it came to step six changes in my character were possible. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a creature of habit. Always have been, always will be. I don’t adapt well to change. And I always prefer to be in control.
This one verse from the Bible gave me a whole new hope in my life. Hope that if I trusted God and did what he told me to do I never needed to be the person I was in the past again,
I want to tell you in my recovery journey I experienced so much change. In me, in my circumstances and in my life that without God would have driven me back to relapse.
Today I am a different person because I believed what the Bible said about change.
Luke 12:2 The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.
In the process of recovery, nothing remains hidden. If things from the past are not revealed how they will be later. And ‘God knows everything anyway’ There is nothing to bad or too shocking that is going to surprise Him.
Knowing that and believing that made taking inventory of my life easier for me. When I did get into the Bridge Program and committed my life to following Jesus. Integrity became important. I made a conscious decision always to speak openly and honestly with God, even if I didn’t with others.
Honesty with God is important in recovery.
- Are you prepared to share openly and honestly with God?
Romans 4:24 We believe in the God who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. So God will accept our faith and make us right with himself.
Recovery is about setting your life right. God wants us to do right all of the time. He is not content with us doing the right thing some of the time.
We are under His orders to eliminate attitudes, thoughts, behaviors and character defects that hinder our progress in recovery.
In step two we believed that God cares enough about us to help us change our lives. Now in step three, we are committed to helping Him to help us to change. That means making some changes in what we say and what we do by doing the right thing where we never used to. Doing the right thing may not always seem logical. We have learned in life new ways of cutting corners. Recovery is a time to do it right the first time so we don’t have to come back and do it again.
Prayer: God help me today to do the right thing even when it doesn’t seem logical.