Order, Safety and Security

1 Corinthians 10:6 Now those things happened as examples for us. They are supposed to keep us from longing for evil things, as the people of Israel did.

God has made a way to escape; He encourages us to flee from sin and to be faithful to Him. The Bible is full of examples of people rightly or wrongly making choices and the consequences of those choices.

Making good choices in our lives will lead to positive long-term outcomes. Every choice for good sets into motion new opportunities for God. Every choice for evil follows the same pattern but in the opposite direction.

Every decision we make to continually move forward in recovery brings order, safety, and security to our lives.

  • What positive examples are you following from the experiences of others?

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God Creates Opportunities for us to ENCOURAGE OTHERS

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Psalms 37:6 He will make your godly ways shine like the dawn. He will make your honest life shine like the sun at noon.

 God wants to use you to encourage others. He did it with me and He wants to do it with you. That is why as we go through this process of becoming what God wants us to be we need to get it right.

God provides opportunities for us through the process of recovery. Learning opportunities where we learn more about ourselves and Him. It never stops! There is still so much about me I don’t know. Stuff that has not yet been dealt with in my sinful habits and attitudes. I know that because all the time memories are coming back to me about things I had forgotten in my past. The reason I believe it happens is that the more I grow spiritually the more God equips me to handle. He makes me aware of things to make me more like Jesus s I deal with them.

  • What are your God-given opportunities?
  • How are you using them?

The WORD For Recovery

What Others See

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2 Thessalonians 2:5 Don’t you remember me going over all this in detail when I was with you? Are your memories that short?

logo_transparent_bg“I hope I am around when you get serious about recovery.

In ‘Serenity Lodge’ in 1987, when I was 23 and had been in recovery just a couple of months, I was called into the Superintendents office. I was playing games and he knew it. I went there expecting reprimand because he knew what I was up to. Instead, he invited me to become a volunteer leader on the programme leading Twelve Step Groups. I agreed and as I left his office he said to me “I hope I am around when you get serious about recovery, it will be worth watching.”

You know back then, I laughed when I heard that. But thinking about it now I wonder; what do others see when they look at me? What did that Superintendent see that I didn’t see or understand?  At 23 I began a journey people wait all their lives to get on. In my recovery life, I have been given more opportunities than most people. At a young age, early in recovery, I was introduced to leading recovery groups an opportunity to make a difference and an opportunity to change my life. It wasn’t till I was 25 and had created more havoc I actually began to take the process seriously and apply what I had taught so many others.

Every day I thank God for the opportunities He has given me, is giving me and will give me. Today I think entry into the recovery process with God’s help and guidance is the greatest opportunity any of us are given to obtain life transformation and productive living.

When people look at you what do the see?

Daily Reflection October 26, 2016

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Acts 4:31 While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence.


It takes courage to keep moving forward through our fears in order to do what we know is right. We need to pray with and for others to gain courage, boldness and power from the Holy Spirit so we and they can do in our lives everything God is calling us to do. We need to look for opportunities to talk about and share what God is doing in and through our lives. We need to realize and accept that things will not always go according to our plans but God is present in all things.

We need to start where we are and begin “speaking God’s Word in fearless confidence”.

Daily Reflection July 26, 2016

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 Psalms 119:133 Teach me how to live as you have promised. Don’t let any sin be my master.

 I love this verse in the Bible. I have one prayer I pray every day, sometimes several times a day and it is “God show me the next step.” The next step in my recovery, the next step in my relationships, the next step in my work etc.

In my life back in 1989 God and I reached an agreement. He leads I follow. From that day to this day that is how my life has worked. He opens doors and I walk through them. He creates opportunities and I grasp them with both hands. He shows me the next steps to take in my life and I follow them.  Even though I can’t see the whole picture this much I am sure of: God didn’t bring me this far to drop me.

  • How disciplined is your prayer life?
  • When you pray do you give God time to answer?

Prayer: Lord help me today by showing me the next step I need to take.

Daily Reflection Jul 19, 2016

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Psalms 37:6 He will make your godly ways shine like the dawn. He will make your honest life shine like the sun at noon.

 God wants to use you to encourage others. He did it with me and He wants to do it with you. That is why as we go through this process of becoming what God wants us to be we need to get it right.

God provides opportunities to us through the process of recovery. Learning opportunities where we learn more about ourselves and Him. It never stops! There is still so much about me I don’t know. Stuff that has not yet been dealt with in my sinful habits and attitudes. I know that because all the time memories are coming back to me about things I had forgotten in my past. The reason I believe it happens is because the more I grow spiritually the more God equips me to handle. He makes me aware of things to make me more like Jesus as I deal with them.

  • What are your God given opportunities?

Prayer: Lord help me today to identify Your opportunities for me

2016 Daily Reflection 160

Let God Lead

Matthew 23:12 Anyone who lifts himself up will be brought down. And anyone who is brought down will be lifted up.

 Recovery is about glorifying God, not ourselves.

All of my life in recovery God has given me opportunities afforded not to others to share my experience, strength and hope with others. Not just people with addictions of any recovery. But with people from all walks of life.  The privilege has been unbelievable. The doors opened phenomenal. Why? Because many years ago in a recovery program I made a commitment to god to always be available when He calls.

That commitment has had serious impact on my life and the lives of my wife and children. The life-changing decisions we have had to make as a family have been many. Not always easy but always worth it. Recovery requires letting God lead.

  • How are you letting God lead in your life?

 

Prayer: Lord, lead me today where You want me to go and equip me.

A good reputation comes from obeying God’s Word.

Have you ever met someone who comes into your recovery group, sharing time comes and all they can talk about is how much they are doing to help others, with no mention of their own recovery? I have, most of them all a good game. They do their homework and I believe they believe they are doing what God wants. But are they? You have all heard the story I am sure ‘You cab feed a man fish and feed him today, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a life-time.’ No-one ends up in recovery meetings for other people. God introduces people to recovery! It is through prayer, meditation and the study of His word we learn what we need to learn to live our lives in relationship with Him. And yes! He gives us opportunities to be His representative in the lives of others. Our reputation needs to be built on our own experience, strength and hope of walking daily with Him. Not on the things we do in obedience to Him. We are not in recovery to glorify SELF – we are in recovery to GLORIFY GOD.

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A good reputation comes from obeying God’s Word.

Do You Remember?

Hi today I want to share with you a little game I play, infrequently with the Holy Spirit. That’s right the Holy Spirit likes to play games.. The game is called ‘Do you Remember?’ It’s a game where the Holy Spirit reminds me of certain thing along my spiritual walk. This game was prompted by me finding my Salvation Army Song book. Given to me by Captain’s Paul and Ruth Such in the day I made a commitment to be ‘God’s Soldier’ 

The message at the front is a personal message from the Such’s  wishing me God’s blessings for my future and encouragement to grow in faith and strength. The book was given to me on 29.10.1989.

Anyway, last night at ‘Recovery at Melbourne 614′ whilst looking at Step One we somehow got talking about life changing choice. How we got to that subject when discussing step one? Holy Spirit intervention…

So today the Holy Spirit decided He wanted to play ‘Do you Remember’ And He asked me the question ‘Do you remember this song?” Song 244 in the Salvation Army Song Book “If you want it, it’s yours!” This song was the song we were singing at a Spiritual Retreat. Led by Brigadier Dennis Gudgen, on the Bridge Program at Eden Park in Mount Barker, where I decided to follow Jesus. Struggling with my pride after having a personal meeting with Jesus Christ at the side of my bed on the Bridge Program, as we sang the third verse of this song:

Is your mind mixed up and are your thoughts in turmoil? Are you tired of fighting, are you sick of wars? Would you like some peace instead of inner conflict? If you want it – it’s yours. (God’s personal invitation to Archie Boyle)

I found myself kneeling at the mercy seat, experiencing the joy that comes from personal relationship with Jesus and from that day to this I know ‘I’ve been changed’

Why do i love playing this game with the Holy Spirit? Not just because it reminds me of His involvement in my life but because it also reminds me of many fantastic people, events and opportunities I have been given in my spiritual walk simply by saying YES! to Him…..