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?
Numbers 23:19 God isn’t a mere man. He can’t lie. He isn’t a human being. He doesn’t change his mind. He speaks, and then he acts. He makes a promise, and then he keeps it.
Lying in the past was a way of life to me. Not only did I lie, I also believed my lies. When I came into recovery it took time for me to decipher what the truth was about me and about my life.
Today one of my motto’s is “Always tell the truth.” No matter how bad it is or what the consequences of it may be. Today I try to live a life of ‘Integrity’ I’d like to say I am always truthful, but that would be a lie!
- Are you a liar?
- Why can’t you be honest?
- Are you ready to live a life that demands rigorous honesty?
Neither exile nor homecoming is the main thing. Cheerfully pleasing God is the main thing, and that’s what we aim to do, regardless of our conditions. Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
Every action has consequences. When we lose sight of the ‘Main Thing’ the consequences can be disastrous. Understanding the consequences can help us to make the right choices in recovery and in life. We need to learn to live and to act according to God’s guidance.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that may seem right to a man. But in the end it leads to death.
I have never liked the taste of alcohol, even when I drank. I drank for the feeling.
When I realised I had a drinking problem, it was destroying my life and would probably result in my dying, I drank for the feeling.
I had a discussion with someone just yesterday about the insanity of addiction’ and our disregard of consequences for the sake of the feeling.
The best definition I have ever heard of insanity is ‘Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.’
- It’s time to stop ignoring the feeling and start concentrating on reality.
Many people dealing with the issues of everyday lose focus. They lose track of their values and beliefs. Their goals fade in the wake of the challenges their lives present. Their lifestyle choices and the way they spend their time can leave them empty, frustrated and lonely.
The AA Big Book compares an alcoholic to a compulsive jail walker (pages 37 and 38) This comparison illustrates the powerlessness in addiction to face up to negative consequences.
There are people in the world today who have chosen to live outside of the saving Grace of Jesus Christ.
People whose choices have been to live their lives by their own rules, and accept the consequences. Too often such choices have ended in moral decadence and spiritual decay.
Through recovery we have an opportunity to choose right living as our desired way to live. Recovery may be difficult but it beats all other choices.
Facing the consequences of our actions is a healthy part of our spiritual growth. Because of that God doesn’t protect us from the consequences of wrong decisions. What He does do is offer us opportunities to recognise our mistakes, seek His forgiveness and make restitution where we need to.
He also prompts us to think through the possible consequences before we act and save ourselves sorrow and suffering.
Often our actions also have consequences for others. When they are negative consequences God wants us to:
– admit our guilt,
– accept responsibility
– pray that He will give them special grace to overcome the consequences of our failures.
• 1 Chronicles 21:17