Listen, Learn and Act

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Psalms 4:4 When you are angry, do not sin. When you are in bed, look deep down inside you and be silent.

Anger can stop us from seeing or following God’s direction of character change.

My recommendation to everyone reading this is, don’t make life-changing decisions when you are angry.

 Learn at night when you are alone and rested to consider what you think God is directing you to do. And, ask Him to confirm it for you before you make any major decisions on your future path. A sponsor told me in A.A. not to make any major life decisions in the first two years of the recovery process. I don’t agree with that. I do suggest before you make any major decisions discuss them with someone you trust.

  • Who do you have in your recovery you trust and can discuss important issues with?

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Something Good is Happening

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2 Corinthians 4:2 We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.

Alcoholics have personality problems. In an attempt to avoid feelings of inferiority, loneliness, isolation, inner conflict, guilt and other disturbing feelings drinking becomes our natural pattern of dealing with life. As we grow deeper into our self-destructive patterns of living, for most of us it becomes obvious we must find a solution to our personality problems.

When we enter recovery re-establishing our integrity becomes one of the main things we want. Realization of that need, of its priority highlights for us our need of honesty with ourselves and others. Rather than a continuation of running away, we are now ready to face up to our character defects and responsibilities. Excuses now disappear. We enter a crucial stage in the process of Living Life Recovery where ignoring the problems will only add to them.

The only direction to turn from where we are is to God. He strangely warms our hearts toward Himself revealing both love and hope for a better way of living and life improvement. This is a different feeling to any we have experienced before. Relationship with Him will become the forerunner to all other relationships. Personality changes will take place. The process will continue as long as we remain open to Him and willing to let Him help us become the people He has created us to be.

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Daily Reflection November 5, 2016

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Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! Good Sense will scout ahead for danger, Insight will keep an eye out for you.  (Psalm 51:12 Proverbs 2:11)

IF WE HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE GOD HE WILL GUIDE US
Psalm 25:9 He gives the rejects his hand, And leads them step-by-step.

If you find yourself tempted to relapse, remember God teaches the humble His Way.

FOLLOWING JESUS INVOLVES TAKING A NEW DIRECTION
Matthew 2:12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.

Are you willing for God to lead you in a totally new and unfamiliar direction?

THE LONGER WE KNOW JESUS THE BETTER WE UNDERSTAND HIS WAYS
John 12:16 The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.

As you mature through the recovery process you will look back and see God’s interaction in all that has and is happening to you.

Daily Reflection October 13, 2016

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2 Corinthians 7:10 Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.

There are things we all need to face up to and fess up to in order to change our lives. Some of them are things we have been avoiding for a long time. Things we have tried to convince ourselves never really happened or are not that important but they are.

Through the process of recovery God is going to challenge each one of us with our past bad choices, mistakes and defiance. He is going to show us things in our character that we in our own strength and power cannot face or fix. Things that need His intervention, things that are going to play a part in the transformation of our lives.

He is going to bring them to our attention but the decision to do something about them is still up to us. God shows us the direction we need to go in to change our lives but He won’t force any of us to follow them.

Prayer: Lord help me today to recognize your guidance and empower
me to go where You direct me to go and to do what You direct me to do.

We need the help of those who can enlarge our vision and broaden our perspective

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs

[The Life Recovery Devotional]
Step 5 – Day 11 

  • Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.
    Proverbs 15:22
  • Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.
    Proverbs 11:14
  • Your sayings on life are what give me delight; I listen to them as to good neighbors!
    Psalms 119:24

We can never progress in recovery in isolation. We need ‘OTHERS’ ,who are further along the road than we are to help us and [rovide healthy relationships of support us as we move forward together in fellowship with God,

My need for approval

Today I believe that God loves me and directs my path, but I long for the approval of others. For someone, anyone to tell me they approve of me and my life. More soon ..,,,

Lamentations 3:22-24 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!