Now Is The Time!

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 in The Message Bible says “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth.”

Since 1987 I have been in recovery from alcohol addiction and drug abuse. Since 2005 I have written blogs around the process of recovery. I believe I am one of the most fortunate people on this planet, having discovered at an early age there is a better way to live. To live without drugs and alcohol and all the problems that go with them.

Over the years I have been involved in many ‘Recovery Fellowship Groups.’ as well as led many. I have been privileged to work with many people one-on-one in their quests to overcome the struggles of everyday life. And, I have taken many different approaches to the recovery process.

In 1989 I discovered The Way to recovery is through a personal relationship with the One True Higher Power, Jesus Christ.

Tonight I changed the header on my blog from ‘Living Life Recovery ~ Church For People With Addictions’ to “Living Life Recovery ~ What I have learned about recovery.” You see, I believe the slogan I have heard many times in recovery meetings that says “You can’t give away what you don’t have.”

All I have in the process of recovery and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is my own experience.

In the ‘Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous,’ it says “our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened and what we are like now.” It is my hope and prayer that from this point forward that is what will be contained in this blog. I encourage anyone reading to “take what you want and leave the rest.” None of us has all the answers for recovery and none of us can solve all our problems on our own. The ‘Good News’ is we all have access to ‘The One.” who can. His name is Jesus and I hope that through this blog you may identify some of the things He has taught me and be encouraged to share them with others as you walk the daily path of “Living Life Recovery”

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Listen, Hear and Understand

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Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Matthew 13:14 ~ Romans 12:3 ~ 1 Corinthians 12:2 ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12

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What Do Bold People Do?

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Bold people risk their lives to do what is right. The Bible is full of examples of people willing to sacrifice everything and put their lives on the line to obey God or save others. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. Daniel 3:16-17

Bold people risk their reputation to do what is right.  Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. Luke 23:50-51

Bold people are bold in representing Christ. After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
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Doubt Destroys Faith

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Matthew 21:21 Jesus said, “What I’m about to tell you is true. You must have faith and not doubt…

Life change requires a change in our belief system, that by putting our faith in Jesus things will eventually change for our benefit.

Doubt can weaken this belief. Sometimes God’s timing and our timing are different or what He wants is totally different than what we want.

When I completed the Bridge Program, became a Christian and a member of The Salvation Army many people said to me “You should become an officer (Pastor in The Salvation Army) I admit early on in my faith life, when all was changing it seemed like a realistic option. But God said STOP! and I did.

My entire Christian Recovery life has been spent in ministry guided by God through my faith and trust in Him.

  • How is God guiding your life today?

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We are All in This Together

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James 5:16 Admit to one another that you have sinned. Pray for one another so that you might be healed. The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen.

We are all in this together. The purpose* of recovery fellowships is to support. We are not here to fix each other. Fixing our lives is God’s domain, not ours. In recovery, we are here to support one another and to encourage one another.

Over my years of recovery have met many different individuals from many different backgrounds. All with one thing in common. We all need recovery. We all have problems and issues in our lives for which we need God’s help and the help of other people. Don’t be a lone ranger.

  • When have you known you needed help and tried to go it alone?
  • How did that workout or you?

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All to Jesus I surrender

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meGod’s power protects you through your faith, and it keeps you safe until your salvation comes. That salvation is ready to be given to you at the end of time. I know the thought of that is exciting, even if you must suffer through different kinds of troubles for a short time now. These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes1 Peter 1:5-7

WE ARE ALL THE SAME – but different

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STEP 7: WE HUMBLY ASKED GOD TO REMOVE OUR SHORTCOMINGS.
If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

1 John 5:14 We are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything
that pleases Him.

logo_transparent_bg How are we the same?

God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God, He created them. Genesis 1:27

 We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12:5

 All of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18

The Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. Galatians 3:22

 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the One to whom we are accountable. Hebrews 4:13

 

We all have feelings
John 11:35 Then Jesus wept.

Feelings are not reliable guides
Galatians 5:17
The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

 

Feelings can be changed
Romans 12:21 
Don’t let evil conquer you but conquer evil by doing good.

 

How are we different?

Male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27

 In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So, if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. Romans 12:6

 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

The result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. Romans 5:16

How is God going to remove our shortcomings?

The Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty, is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor. Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor? James 4:6-12

Daily Reflection – June 18,2o16

FUTURE DIRECTION

To be holy is to be set apart. To live differently. To live by example.

When I became a Christian. Early in my recovery journey I made a conscious decision. “To be different and make a difference.” Not knowing then what an important part of my life journey that would become.

Through my recovery experience I have had more opportunities than most people who have been Christians all their lives. Sorry correction. I have made myself available to more opportunities than most people that have been Christian all their lives.

Recovery for me has been a simple but not always easy journey for me. God leads and I follow.

  • If you made one decision about how you will live from today what would it be?

 

Prayer: Lord show me today the direction for my future

Don’t follow the crowd unless you know where they are going and are comfortable with it.

Henry David Thoreau challenged a generation of young minds when he told the world that he “marched to the beat of a different drummer.”

He did not want to do things just because everyone else did it; but listened to a cadence set by a distant conductor. It meant he had to be courageous enough to face his fears and do the right thing.

This may mean refusing to participate in activities that clearly violate your values and principles.

This may mean supporting that which your mind tells you is best, even if the crowd goes the opposite way.

This may mean reaching inside yourself for an inner strength to face the enemies of life, even though you are afraid.

God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and strength.