Philippians 3:8 All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant–dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ
Job 6:29 No double-talk! Think carefully–my integrity is on the line!
Jesus said, “The truth is, if you have faith and no doubts, you will be able to do the same as I did to this tree. And you will be able to do more. You will be able to say to this mountain, ‘Go, mountain, fall into the sea.’ And if you have faith, it will happen. “I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live–what you will eat or what you will wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it.
Matthew 21:21 ~ Luke 12:22-23
God wants everyone to be saved and to fully understand the truth. There is only one God, and there is only one way that people can reach God. That way is through Christ Jesus, who as a man gave himself to pay for everyone to be free. This is the message that was given to us at just the right time. 1 Timothy 2:4-6
Psalms 19:13 Keep me also from the sins I want to commit. May they not be my master. Then I will be without blame. I will not be guilty of any great sin against your law.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous talks about us trying to find an easier, softer way. Human nature is to always take the easy least troublesome way.
You will not forget your past, but you no longer have to live there. There will be things you think about doing but won’t do because you now know better.
Thinking it isn’t doing it. Step six is about behavioral change. Thought change can take longer. I have had people come to me in recovery and say “I had a dream about drinking last night.” It happens. If you have suffered from alcohol addiction your body is used to being driven by alcohol. The same for drugs etc. The important thing is under no circumstances pick up the first one.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Replenishment in our souls is important. We cannot allow our spiritual pantries to get empty. So many people enter the recovery process and commence with a real appetite then starve themselves of spiritual nourishment. Some snack occasionally or indulge in junk food. The enemy is happy to have us attracted to his sweet desserts, ignoring the main meal. The Bible says “He humbled you and let you be hungry. Then he fed you with manna–something you did not know about before. It was something your ancestors had never seen. Why did the Lord do this? Because he wanted you to know that it is not just bread that keeps people alive. People’s lives depend on what the Lord says.” Deuteronomy 8:3
Spiritual appetite is cultivated by acquiring a taste for the nutritious foods of the Word of God and soul building exercises of prayer, fellowship. discipline and faith.
Those who trust in the LORD will become strong again–like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired. Isaiah 40:31
Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” John 20:24-25
Dubbed ‘Doubting Thomas’ Thomas suffered unfairly because he chose to express some of his inner doubts. But an updated version of his man probably rubs shoulders with us every day. Thomas refused to be a believer because of others around him who tried to use their influence to steer him in the right direction. He would either be convinced and commit his life to Jesus totally or he would have no faith at all. He displayed intellectual integrity, tested the claims of the other disciples and sought clarification for Jesus Himself.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
It is important in the process of recovery we each know Jesus in all three aspects of this verse to achieve self-discovery and life-fulfillment. God is patient with us in our doubt and offers Himself to quell our unbelief and uncertainty. When we are sincere and willing to learn, like Thomas our doubt can be transformed into an experience of Godly relationship as we walk with Him day by day.
Romans 14:7 We don’t live for ourselves alone. And we don’t die all by ourselves.
The most important relationship in our recovery is our relationship with God. Everything we are going through is to bring us to the point of service to Him and others.
He rescued me from a fate worse than death. He helped me to clean up my life and He continues to help me to continue moving forward in spiritual recovery day by day. Everything I think, say and do is seen by Him and I try to live my life at all times in a manner that brings glory to Him.
None of us arrived in recovery because we wanted to. We arrived in recovery because God lead us here. Every day we need to remember that and do our best to live our lives in ways that won’t embarrass or offend Him.
- What are you still doing in your life that would embarrass or offend God?
Prayer: Lord help me today not to offend or embarrass You.
Romans 12:16 Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
Everybody needs recovery! We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Most of us want to be identified by the right people for the right reasons. What God considers important is not the same as the world considers important. Most of us have led lives of being forgotten or ignored and have lost sight of who we really are.
The ‘Good News’ is we are all important to God. And because we are important to Him we should all be important to each other. To that end we all have a responsibility to help each other to grow and to achieve all we can in order to glorify God through what He is doing in and through our lives.
Change is required
Psalms 34:15 The Lord looks with favour on those who are godly. His ears are open to their cry.
God is listening, all the time He is listening and He knows what is important to us.
Isaiah 59:2 says Your sins have separated you from your God. They have caused him to turn his face away from you. So he won’t listen to you.
Today’s verse says “God looks with favour on those who are godly.” To me that also means He looks unfavourably on those who keep on living according to their own desires.
God loves us and he wants to do everything He can to help us become the people He wants us to be but He won’t do it on His own. We need to put in the work that will lead to change.
- How are you applying what you learn through the recovery process to your daily life?
Prayer: God show me what to change in my character and how to change it.