Get Ready

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?

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Facing Temptation

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Proverbs 22:5 Thorns and traps lie in the paths of evil people. But those who guard themselves stay far away from them.

 A large part of the process of change is the commitment to keep changing. Nothing stays the same, except God. We live in a changing world and as we grow spiritually we have to continually adjust our character, with God’s help according to our spiritual maturity.

Along the way, we will all face temptations. To overcome them we need to learn to stay close to God and to guard the changes He has made in our habits and attitudes.

I can honestly say since I entered recovery I have been offered more alcohol and drugs than I ever was when I was using. Thankfully with God’s help, I have always been able to say no.

  • Do you have a plan for avoiding the thorns and traps when they present?

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Prayer: Lord help me to learn to arm myself against temptation when it comes.

Elements of Thankfulness

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1 Corinthians 15:57 Let us give thanks to God! He wins the battle for us because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.

Regularly thanking God for what He has done, is doing and will do in our lives is a good habit to adapt in recovery.

There are four elements to habitual thankfulness we all need to learn and adapt:

 

  1. Remembering what God has done for you.
  2. Tell others about it.
  3. Show God’s glory in you.
  4. Offer to do something for someone else.

When I look at these four elements it helps me to understand more why the process of recovery works. The Twelve Steps includes all of these elements.

 

  • How are you applying the four elements of thankfulness to your life?

Bible Text

 

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Step Nine – Day Six
Life Recovery Devotional

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
Bible Reading: Luke 15:11-24

We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Some of us may have stolen things from others, but now have no means of paying them back. How can we face the people we’ve wronged when we have nothing to offer? Since working through Step Eight, we should be willing to humbly approach the people we’ve wronged. But if we can’t repay our debts, what’s the point?
Jesus told a story about a young son who demanded an early inheritance and left home. He wasted his fortune on riotous living. He hit bottom, so to speak, and decided to go back to his father. He had nothing left of what he had taken and no means with which to ever repay his father. We can imagine his feelings as he rehearsed what he would say.
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. . . . his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! . . . We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began” (Luke 15:20-24).

We may feel like we have nothing to offer. But to the people who love us, we are more important than anything else we could give them. The Apostle Paul said, “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another” (Romans 13:8). Though we may not be able to pay our debts right away, we can still offer our love

Welcome News

Bible Reading: Ezekiel 1:15-20

I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 11:19

God offers nothing more exciting or far-reaching than His personal offer to ‘put a new spirit within.’ What a great gesture. What a marvellous plan. With all the pain, hurt and unhappiness associated with our past lives why is it so many of us refuse His offer? God takes the initiative and makes the offer. An offer that still stands! So, ‘if it’s going to be – then it’s up to me.’ God makes the offer, we need to accept it.

MEDITATION
I must first consider myself unworthy, then count the cost of handover of everything – my past, my guilt, my shame, my foolishness, my failures, my treatment of others – and, MYSELF. I must be willing to be specific in naming my sins, and base my coming to God on one simple prayer “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

This sets in motion the kind of change that is a pre-requisite for wonder-working change that God will invoke when we are honest about our desire of personal experience of His promises.

Part of the process of recovery is exposure of our old spirit. A spirit of rebellion, corruption, contradiction. A spirit that needs to be expelled and this can be painful. Expelling our old spirit may  mean facing bad news we have been avoiding, accepting and dealing with panful experiences we have been dreading.

Enjoying the miracle of this new spirit within comes at a cost. The ‘GOOD NEWS’ is God will be there with us, guiding and leading us forward.

PRAYER
You are the God of miracles and I need a miracle. Today Lord give me singleness of heart and put a new spirit within me. Give me a tender, responsive heart right now.