Order, Safety and Security

1 Corinthians 10:6 Now those things happened as examples for us. They are supposed to keep us from longing for evil things, as the people of Israel did.

God has made a way to escape; He encourages us to flee from sin and to be faithful to Him. The Bible is full of examples of people rightly or wrongly making choices and the consequences of those choices.

Making good choices in our lives will lead to positive long-term outcomes. Every choice for good sets into motion new opportunities for God. Every choice for evil follows the same pattern but in the opposite direction.

Every decision we make to continually move forward in recovery brings order, safety, and security to our lives.

  • What positive examples are you following from the experiences of others?

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Who Shall I Release?

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Matthew 27:21  When the governor asked again, “Which of these two shall I release to you?” the crowd shouted back their reply: “Barabbas!”

The Jews took Jesus to Pontious Pilate for trial. Really? It was Pilate who was on trial and the Romans and the Jews. Without having to go to court and face a jury each of us is ‘on trial’ 

Strangely enough, the question raised by Pilate is still relevant today. It is a case of who or what we decide to release from HOLDING IS CAPTIVE. It is in our hands to send marching those who oppress us, work against us, enslave us and sometimes make money of us.

John 10:10 says “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”  John 8:44 says “You are the children of your father the devil and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and a hater of truth—there is not an iota of truth in him. When he lies, it is perfectly normal; for he is the father of liars.”

It is within our willpower to delegate Satan to the defeat he is already under from the victorious Christ. We can give him his marching orders by allowing Jesus to capture us and bringing us into the encirclement of love, a unique captivity by our consent.

The choice is ours! We can either release Satan and His hold on our lives or, release Jesus to be our ‘One True Higher Power.” The choice is ours! 

– WHO WILL YOU RELEASE?
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Stinking Thinking Leads to Drinking

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Hebrews 2:1 We must pay more careful attention to what we have heard. Then we will not drift away from it.

Continually looking at and adjusting what we have learned and how we apply it to our daily living is an important part of the recovery process. Ignoring it will lead us backward. Maybe not to the point of picking up our drug-of-choice but certainly to a point where we start traveling on a road to character destruction.

A problem for a number of people I have shared within recovery has been the opinion “I now know what I need to know so I don’t need this anymore.” Wrong opinions lead to relapse.

 

  • When was the last time you attended a meeting or spoke to someone in recovery about your recovery?

On Monday night at #LivingLifeRecovery in Hastings, we will be looking at the topic #StinkingThinkingLeadsToDrinking
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Can You Stand Up?

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It is good to stand tall. There is something about upright upstanding people that is encouraging.

At this point in your recovery process what is your standing? When you commenced the process did you make a conscious choice to be counted among those who stand for goodness, honesty, purity and right living. we need to build our lives on solid foundations.  We need to learn to cope.

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“If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything.”
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Choice

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Psalms 16:5 My choice is you, God, first and only. And now I find I’m your choice!

Psalms 119:30 I choose the true road to Somewhere.

Psalms 119:75 I can see now, God, that your decisions are right; your testing has taught me what’s true and right.

Proverbs 22:1 A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.

1 Peter 2:9 You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you–
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Why Is Self-Centredness Dangerous?

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  1. SELF-CENTREDNESS CAN LEAD TO HOPELESSNESS
    Psalms 100:3 Know this: God is God, and He made us; we didn’t make Him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

    God made us we didn’t make Him, nor did we make ourselvesMany people think they are the creator and center of their recovery. This leads to greed, self-centeredness. And, it also means if you take away their things they will lose hope.

    When we realize that God created us and gave us everything we have, including recovery we will become less self-centered and more others-centered.

  2. SELF-CENTREDNESS IS A SIN THAT REQUIRES REPENTANCE
    Matthew 3:1-2 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Repent. God’s kingdom is near.”

    Repentance means doing an about-face. Turning from the kind of self-centeredness that leads to wrong attitudes and actions. A person who repents stops rejecting and rebelling against God and begins following His way of living as outlined in His Word. The first step of turning to God is “admitting that our life is a mess and we are out of control.”

  3. SELF-CENTREDNESS IS A CHARACTERISTIC OF OUR SINFUL NATURE
    Romans 13:14 Take up the weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desires.

    If you truly believe ‘Jesus Christ is the One True Higher Power’  you must be willing to obey His leading in your life. You must understand your abilities, time and everything else in your life aren’t yours anymore – you are just the caretaker. Ignoring God, squandering and abusing what He has given you is rebellious and will lead to relapse.

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The Voice Of One Crying

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Genesis 3:8 The man and his wife heard the Lord God walking in the garden. It was the coolest time of the day. They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Voices everywhere: many are meaningful. The right voice can save us, but the wrong voice can destroy us. Every human voice has its own identity and significance “…… so many kinds of voices in the world, and no kind is without signification.” 1 Corinthians 14:10 Some voices seem to hammer on our ears, with such volume and intensity we find them intolerable and wish they were drowned out.

Adam and Eve gave more value to the voice of the devil than to the voice of God, committing all of us to the same mistake. There is no one who has not at times given preference to the voice of Satan. Thousands of voices seek our attention with their priorities. The voice of the enemy of our souls maybe backing their appeal.

When we make a conscious choice in recovery to ‘Turn our wills and lives over to God.’  we break-away from being tuned to the devil. We affirm Exodus 19:8 “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”  Jesus said “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. “John 5:24 It is inconceivable that if we want to hear the voice of God, He will not speak.

The world’s bombardment of our minds can shut out a ‘still small voice.’ Confusion can mystify us. But when we fix our attention firmly to hear what God is saying to our spirits, He will not be silent. Hebrews 12:25 “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.”

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Not Here by Mistake

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meJames 2:5 My dear brothers and sisters, listen to me. Hasn’t God chosen those who are poor in the world’s eyes to be rich in faith? Hasn’t he chosen them to receive the kingdom? Hasn’t he promised it to those who love him?

 Recovery has nothing to do with how much money you have, where you went to school or where you grew up. We are in recovery because God chose us to be here. We are the people who are meant to be here and He has others in our communities He wants us to reach out to and invite others in.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Monty Pythons ‘The life of Brian’ Especially the scene where they are going up for crucifixion and the guy says “Nah, they said I could go free.”

 Most of us would do anything not to go through what we have to go through to get recovery and keep it but we are in the right place.

  • Thank You Jesus for putting me right where I need to be to find recovery.

 

Asking for Help

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If you choose not to work on your recovery, you’re choosing to get high! The little foxes will creep in and erode your recovery foundation. When you don’t choose God’s truth, you’re inadvertently choosing the devil’s lie. It’s critical to understand that no choice is making a choice. It’s extremely dangerous when you choose to entertain doubt, fear, anger, low self-esteem, condemnation, worry, anxiety, and lies. God’s given you the authority to use his weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

This is about progress, a day at a time, to let go and let God. You’re no longer a slave but God’s own child and everything he has belongs to you. The Father gives you the authority to move out of your mind and stop being critical of yourself for the times you fall short. You actually glorify God by asking for his help, submitting to his authority, and knowing Jesus’ blood already covers the circumstance you’re so worried about.
Just as you believed who the enemy said you were, it’s okay to now receive who God says you are—one of his kids.

Lord, I pray I will forget yesterday and receive what you’ve got for me today. I desire to throw a grateful party for you rather than a hissy-fit for me.

John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; Galatians 4:7