God speaks: “Exactly as I planned, it will happen. Following my blueprints, it will take shape. I will shatter the Assyrian who trespasses my land and stomp him into the dirt on my mountains. I will ban his taking and making of slaves and lift the weight of oppression from all shoulders.” This is the plan, planned for the whole earth, And this is the hand that will do it, reaching into every nation. God has planned it. Who could ever cancel such plans? His is the hand that’s reached out. Who could brush it aside? Isaiah 14:24-27
Psalms 119:128-131 Every law of God is right, whatever it concerns. I hate every other way. Your laws are wonderful; no wonder I obey them. As your plan unfolds, even the simple can understand it. No wonder I wait expectantly for each of your commands.
Romans 11:7-15 When Israel tried to be right with God on her own, pursuing her own self-interest, she didn’t succeed. The chosen ones of God were those who let God pursue his interest in them, and as a result received his stamp of legitimacy. The “self-interest Israel” became thick-skinned toward God. Moses and Isaiah both commented on this: Fed up with their quarrelsome, self-centered ways, God blurred their eyes and dulled their ears, Shut them in on themselves in a hall of mirrors, and they’re there to this day. David was upset about the same thing: I hope they get sick eating self-serving meals, break a leg walking their self-serving ways. I hope they go blind staring in their mirrors, get ulcers from playing at god. The next question is, “Are they down for the count? Are they out of this for good?” And the answer is a clear-cut no. Ironically when they walked out, they left the door open and the outsiders walked in. But the next thing you know, the Jews were starting to wonder if perhaps they had walked out on a good thing. Now, if their leaving triggered this worldwide coming of non-Jewish outsiders to God’s kingdom, just imagine the effect of their coming back! What a homecoming! But I don’t want to go on about them. It’s you, the outsiders, that I’m concerned with now. Because my personal assignment is focused on the so-called outsiders, I make as much of this as I can when I’m among my Israelite kin, the so-called insiders, hoping they’ll realize what they’re missing and want to get in on what God is doing. If their falling out initiated this worldwide coming together, their recovery is going to set off something even better: mass homecoming! If the first thing the Jews did, even though it was wrong for them, turned out for your good, just think what’s going to happen when they get it right!
We have all tried to recover on our own and failed. we need God and we need other people. None of us were created in or for isolation. I love the verse in this scripture that says “their recovery is going to set off something even better.”
God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. My hope is we will all realize what a great opportunity is ours to walk with Jesus, in personal relationship through the avenues of recovery and become all that God is calling us to be.
Psalms 37:23 If the Lord is pleased with the way a man lives, he makes his steps secure.
To please God, we need to change our sinful habits and attitudes. When we do He makes all the parts of our lives fit together.
Whilst on the Bridge Program I wrote a five-year plan. Directed by God in every area of my life He showed me His plan.
Now you would think with a five-year plan from God on every area of my life the way forward should have been easy. It wasn’t, because even though I had given my life to God and was doing my best to follow Him in a number of areas of my life I still thought the same as I always had and acted accordingly.
Pleasing Him and receiving God’s gifts means putting in time not just getting to know His Word but getting to know Him on a personal intimate level.
- How are you getting to know God personally?
The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one, and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it– What God has arranged for those who love Him. You’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God and brings out what God planned all along. John 14:26 ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 ~ Isaiah 55:8 ~ John 3:16
Psalms 32:8 I will guide you and teach you the way you should go. I will give you good advice and watch over you.
God has a plan and a purpose for us all. Just as He created us all in His image as individuals His plan for our recovery is individual.
One of the most important aspects of the recovery process is the subject of sponsors/mentors. We all need one, but they need to be the right one. Sponsors/mentors in the process of recovery are special individuals. Whose God-given task is to guide and support people on God’s path for them. It is not to create carbon copies of ourselves.
The carbon copy of recovery is Jesus Christ and our goal through the process of character change needs to be to become more like Him.
- Do you have a Sponsor or Mentor who is helping you in recovery?
- Are they Christian?
Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! You will be given what you are asking for.”
Recovery is about developing your faith in God’s ability to help you change and stay changed.
I have seen many people fail in recovery because they don’t plan not to. I have seen many people fail to move forward in recovery because of the “One day at a Time” concept.
The Bible is clear we should live for today, forget about yesterday and not worry about tomorrow, that doesn’t mean we should not plan anything.
Whilst in rehab I wrote, with God’s help a five-year plan for every area of my life. It took me three years to accomplish because my faith was in God, not myself.
- Where do you want to be in five years?
- What are you doing today about it?
God Forgives Us Because He Loves Us
Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help. Psalms 86:5
Sometimes in recovery things don’t happen quick enough for us and we may feel like God has forgotten us. Or we feel things in our lives are too bad of too much for God to act on. They are not, but recovery works on God’s timing. He knows the whole plan and He knows what we are ready to handle and when we are ready to handle it.
God’s plan for the world stands up, all his designs are made to last. Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed. Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. We know the meaning of those words because Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we’re in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue.
Psalms 33:11 ~ Proverbs 15:22 ~ Proverbs 16:1 ~ Galatians 1:4
I believe that people fail in the process of recovery because they don’t plan not too. When someone goes into a rehab, joins a recovery group, goes to Church it is a protected environment. We go, we listen, we learn but fail to plan what we are going to do at the end of the rehab time when we go home from the recovery group when Church is finished and the enemy understands that. Presenting temptations he knows we cannot ignore or overcome is his way of pulling us back into our old ways of thinking and acting.
God has a plan, designed to last. An important part of that plan is through us building up supports that will help us overcome temptation when it presents. His plans are different from our plans and the way for us to discover them and put them into practice is through a relationship with Him and with others in recovery. He sent His Son as a sin offering for our sins so we can experience the rescue that comes from learning and applying the principles of recovery to our lives