Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled.
Step Eleven says “In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.”
I am hungry to discover God’s purpose for my life. Because of that I am going to apply all the principles of recovery to my life so I can be best equipped to do what God wants when I discover what it is.
I am thirsty to taste this new way of living and experience all it has to offer me. I recently heard a sermon titles Ready-Set-Go. The speaker said the SET is all about being READY for what God had in store for us. That’s how I see step eleven – getting ready!
- How prepared are you for what God has in store for you?
Proverbs 3:3-4 Don’t lose your grip on Love and Loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people.
Matthew 26:69 Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”
Why are some of us ashamed of being in recovery? Like Peter if someone asks us where we are going to when we are heading to a recovery meeting do we tell lies and deny it. Do we think people didn’t know about our addictions and compulsions? Do we believe they can’t see the difference in how we are living now?
When questioned about our recovery is we try to hide the facts it could lead to our downfall. I can’t stress enough the importance of continually checking on ourselves, including how we react to others who may not be as positive about the recovery process as we are.
- If someone questioned you about why you attend recovery meetings would you be able to give them an honest answer?
A transformed life is an effective witness to the power of God’s Word. Are you shining brightly, or are you clouded by complaining and arguing?
I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common. 1 Corinthians 1:10
The Bible tells us Romans 13:10 “You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love.” It doesn’t say we have to like everyone or approve of how they are living. Our verse today says “You must get along with each other.”
Getting along with others is sometimes just tolerance and:
Tolerance of sin undermines our faith. Getting along with others does not mean tolerating their sin. We should not condone bad behavior and practices that lead people away from God.
Toleration of sin hurts us and hurts others. It is better to tolerate the pain of change or removal than to allow sin to take us back to our old ways of thinking and living. Or worse still to stand by and watch others die because of their sinful habits and behaviors.
Proverbs 10:17 The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you’re lost for good.
Living Life Recovery requires disciplined living, retaining what we have learned from the past, staying true to God’s will for our lives and moving forward a day at a time in His presence.
GOD PROMISES US A NEW LIFE WHEN WE SURRENDER OUR LIVES TO HIM
Colossians 3:10 You have started living a new life. It is being made new so that what you know has the Creator’s likeness.
SURRENDERING OUR LIVES TO HIM MEANS LIVING TO SATISFY HIM
Galatians 6:7-8 You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Hosea 10:12 ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’
SATISFYING HIM INCLUDES LISTENING TO HE SAYS AND ACTING ON IT
Proverbs 4:20-23 ~ Ephesians 3:17 ~ Hebrews 10:22 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
James 4:6 God continues to give us more grace. That’s why Scripture says, “God opposes those who are proud. But he gives grace to those who are not.” (Proverbs 3:34)
As God pours out His grace on us daily we get bolder. It is easy in that boldness to start taking credit for what God has done. God opposes us when do. Continual spiritual growth is dependent on continual relationship and reliance on Him.
I am sure we have all heard the expression “Too big for his boots”
We need to make sure in the process of changing our character defects our new character is in line with God’s character and His purpose for our lives. nWe need to take time regularly to do a spiritual check-up on our lives and our character.
- When was the last time you conducted a spiritual check up on your life and character?
Romans 8:6-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.
– Focusing on self is the opposite of focusing on God
– God isn’t pleased with being ignored
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“When we live dysfunctional lives we have dysfunctional thoughts that lead to dysfuntional choices and dysfuntional behaviour.” Archie Boyle
Refocusing our behaviour requires behavioural examination. We can’t change our behaviours unless we identity destructtive behaviours, behaviours God does not approve of and ways of avoiding them moving forward.
Refocusing our behaviour requires identifying people and situation. There are people and situations in all of our lives that are no good for us. Especially early in recovery so we need to bu plans in place (at least in the early days) to avoid those people and situations.
Refocusing our behaviour requires addressing our fear of God’s way of living. In recovery we are making a concious decision to change our lives. “We change our lives by changing ourselves.” Following God’s way of living requires radical behaviour change. “Radical behaviour change requires radical commitment.”
Matthew 16:24 Jesus said to His disciples, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me.”
Jesus disciples knew what He was talking about when He Jesus painted this picture for them. Following Him meant risking death, giving up what they were used to and perservering in ‘The Way’ His way. Refocusing our behaviour means committing to discovering God’s plan for our lives and seeking His power to carry it out.