In 2015 when God introduced me to Living Life Recovery He gave me a slogan. That slogan was “Recovery is about Living Life. Living Life is not just about recovery.”
As an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1987, it annoyed me and depressed me to think for the rest of my life every where I went I had to first ensure there was an A.A. meeting I could attend. I contributed too but was not the sole reason for my relapse. I thank God today for that relapse. Because without it I might never have turned to Him and The Salvation Army Bridge Program and discovered His love for me and his purpose for my life. Today I believe ‘everyone needs recovery’ We are all sinners and all in need of God’s grace to overcome whatever issues we may be experiencing.
My life transformation began through attendance at a 12 Step meeting the first day I arrived at the Bridge Program. The step study was Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our contact with God. Praying only for His will for us and the power to carry it out.
My life changed that day, as did my understanding about the Twelve Steps. I believe today we all need a support network that we attend on a regular basis. I believe recovery is about a personal relationship with God and living my life according to His purpose for me as it lines up against His Word.
Today I believe recovery is about learning to live life in relationship with the Holy Spirit in fellowship with other broken people on the same journey.
Romans 12:14 Bless those who hurt you. Bless them, and do not call down curses on them.
The Bible commands us to bless our enemies. Luke 6:28 “Bless those who call down curses on you. And pray for those who treat you badly.” Jesus wasn’t talking about having affection for your enemies. He was talking about the love that takes conscious effort. A love that acts in the best interest of everyone.
The way to start loving your enemies is to add them to your prayer list. To talk to God about why they are making you feel the way you feel towards them. Then ask Him to help you overcome those negative feelings.
Jesus loved the whole world, even those who didn’t love or respect Him. We need to do the same.
- Who still needs to be put on your list that is not on it yet because of your feelings towards them?
Prayer God today help me to love everyone I connect with and respect their right to be different to me.
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.” The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love–love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God. Sow righteousness, reap love. It’s time to till the ready earth, it’s time to dig in with God until he arrives with righteousness ripe for harvest. The Fear-of-God means hating Evil, whose ways I hate with a passion– pride and arrogance and crooked talk.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers, for decking us out in delight.
God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name. Bend an ear, God; answer me. I’m one miserable wretch! You’ve always been great toward me–what love! You snatched me from the brink of disaster! My requests have all been granted, my prayers are answered.
2 Timothy 2:22-26 Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness–faith, love, peace–joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.
Many years ago in Alcoholics Anonymous my sponsor encouraged me to ‘Stick with The Winners!’ That for me meant changing the circle of people I mixed with. Most of the people I mixed with till then drank like me, took drugs like me and lived like me. Recovery began to work for me when I made a conscious decision to change the people I associated with. Not always easy but always necessary.
to walk the road of recovery successfully we need people in our lives who will encourage us and support us in the process of recovery and spiritual growth. If you haven’t got any you need to find some, and you won’t find them in the places that brought you unstuck in life.
Prayer: Lord introduce me to the right people. Positive,
encouraging people who love You and love life.
Mark 11:19-25 At evening, Jesus and his disciples left the city. In the morning, walking along the road, they saw the fig tree, shriveled to a dry stick. Peter, remembering what had happened the previous day, said to him, “Rabbi, look–the fig tree you cursed is shriveled up!” Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’–no shuffling or shilly-shallying–and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive–only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.”
– God wants to remove mountains of resistance from our lives. He has the power to do miracles in and through us. The God of my recovery is the God of the impossible. For the miracles to work I have to have faith. I have to prayer believing God is listening, God is answering and God is responding. When I put my life in God’s hands, through each step of recovery He walks with me and He helps me to do things I never expected to do.
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.