God Has a Plan

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Jeremiah 29:11 says  I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Do you know God’s plan for your life? If you do What are you doing to make His plan your reality in daily living?

My name is Archie and I am recovered alcoholic. Recovered through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit living in and through my life on a daily basis. Words I have spoken thousands of times since I have been involved in recovery since 1987 and as a Christian since 1989. Words that I wonder “Do people really understand.” Do people realize what I have gone through to become the person I am today?

Right now in my life for the first time in many, many years I am not involved in or leading a recovery group. Circumstances in my life have led me to have to withdraw from involvement. Exhausted through the demands of my life I stopped and I prayed the same prayer I have prayed for many, many years “Lord show me the next step.”  What came was the verse Matthew 11:28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” So for the last few weeks, I have been resting, learning from Jesus how to “take a real rest.”

The last time I took such a rest was 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. During that time I learned to rely on God and lean on Him more than I have ever done in my life. At that time, inspired by the Holy Spirit I also wrote a book of 365 recovery thoughts. Initially written under the title ‘Discussion Starters for Recovery Leaders.’ The book now finished but never published is now the product of many of my blog posts on Living Life Recovery  under the topic heading ‘Living Life Recovery Reflections.’

Since taking that last rest, writing that book and learning from God how to‘recover my life.’ I now feel encouraged, with the Holy Spirits prompting to write another book. Based on the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery 

I also want, eventually to write my autobiography but that’s an ongoing project that will take more time than I have right now.

The title of the new book is Recovery is a Choice! Many, many people enter the recovery process, unaware of what it is all about, of what they need to do to achieve and maintain lasting successful recovery. My hope in writing this book is it will help me to fulfill God’s purpose for my life, which I believe is ‘to introduce others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through understanding and applying the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery to their lives.’
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Wisdom

God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth. Wisdom puts more strength in one wise person Than ten strong men give to a city. Be God’s fool–that’s the path to true wisdom. What the world calls smart, God calls stupid. It’s written in Scripture, He exposes the chicanery of the chic. If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.  Proverbs 2:6 ~ Proverbs 8:11 ~ Ecclesiastes 7:19 ~ 1 Corinthians 3:19 ~ James 1:5 ~ James 3:17
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Plan Not to Fail

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Mark 14:38 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

When I first came to recovery in 1987 I wanted to get sobriety. I learned the steps, attended meetings, listened and applied what people said but I still failed.

The reason I believe is because I didn’t plan not to. I went through the recovery process per the rules and it didn’t work because I failed to keep watch over the area’s in my life where I was vulnerable to temptation and I failed to pray. I did almost all the right things.

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says of addiction “It is cunning, baffling and powerful.” We need to be on our guard always against things that will drag us backward.

 

  • Do you know your triggers? (The things that could lead you to relapse)

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You can’t exist on your story forever!

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Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all care what other people think about us and say about us. A couple of weeks ago a comment on one of my posts made me think. The comment was “your story is good but you can’t exist on it forever.”

In Exodus 23:1-2 the Bible says “Don’t pass on malicious gossip. “Don’t link up with a wicked person and give corrupt testimony. Don’t go along with the crowd in doing evil and don’t fudge your testimony in a case just to please the crowd.” And, I must confess this comment made me think “Am I?” Am I trying to please the crowd? With the best intentions we can get it wrong. In answer to the question I sat alone with God, my Bible and I prayed. Without a lie I opened my Life Recovery Bible to pg 936 and. The first footnote said 4:1-2 “God has always planned that his people would be living proofof his power and goodness. He wanted others to believe in him because of the blessing Israel received through a healthy relationship with God.” The verse that stood out to me was Jeremiah 4:2 which says “when you swear by My name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ you could do so with truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people would come and praise My name.”

Because of what Christ has done in my life and through my life I have been given opportunities beyond anything I could ever expect in my life. My story and my relationship with Jesus is all I have as credibility of the fact that ‘Recovery works.’ and I am tempted to say as many others have before “if you work it” But I won’t because for me it was less about working it and more about putting my faith in Him, following where He leads me and leaving the reults up to Him.

On the statement “you can’t exist on it forever.” I don’t agree with this because as long as I continue to put my faith in Him and follow where He leads me my story will be ever growing and full of life-lessons
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Get Ready For Life

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Close the book on Evil, God, but publish your mandate for us. You get us ready for life: you probe for our soft spots, you knock off our rough edges. I’m thanking God, who makes things right.

Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.

Let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

Psalms 7:9 ~ Psalms 7:17 ~ Matthew 13:12 ~ Matthew 26:41 ~ Hebrews 4:16

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Pray Diligently

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Guide me with your laws so that I will not be overcome by evil. Psalms 119:133

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?

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Read The Bible

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Psalms 79:9 God our Saviour, help us. Then glory will come to you. Be true to your name. Save us and forgive our sins.

 If others offer you advice that goes against the Word of God, it is the wrong advice.

A large part of my personal life with Jesus revolves around making sure I am doing what He wants. I do that through prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on what the Bible says.

The beauty of the Bible is the more you read it, study it and meditate on it the more you understand the character of God.

Recovery is a consistent process of spiritual growth so is understanding the Bible.

You need to read the Bible as often as takes for you to understand it.

  • How often do you read and consult God’s Word?

 

 Prayer: Lord help me to develop good Bible reading disciplines.
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One Day at a Time

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Philippians 1:6-11 I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus. I pray that your love will overflow more and more and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
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