Psalms 51:14 Take away my guilt. Then my tongue will sing about how right you are no matter what you do.
Guilt comes from giving in to our temptations. To eliminate guilt in our lives we need to eliminate the cause of our guilt. Because of who we are, where we have come from and what we are going through now all of us have some degree of guilty feelings. In the past, we have hidden them behind our problems and defects.
As we go through the process of recovery and especially in the process of repairing relationships we need to learn to lean on God. We need to learn recovery is a process of daily confession our sin to God to avoid the temptations around about us.
Guilt in our lives comes from a failure to do what God expects us to do. Learn to live what you believe.
- Do your actions match your beliefs?
- If not, why not?
Matthew 7:12 “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”
One of our biggest problems in the process of recovery is our own self-worth. I spent a lot of my time during my drinking years believing “I’m not enough.,” Because I didn’t put a lot of value on myself it also devalued how I treated and reacted to others.
I came to recovery believing I was not enough. Believing I would never amount to anything. It was through the love and care of those I engaged with through recovery I learned to respect myself, my opinions and my worth. God created us in His image and that makes us enough.
– How do you feel about your own value?
WORRYING IS CHOOSING NOT TO TRUST GOD
When we focus on our problems we get anxious, angry and resentful. But when we focus God and His goodness we find peace.
WORRY CAN BECOME HARMFUL IN OUR LIVES
When we focus on our problems it can damage our health, cause our problems to dominate our thoughts, disrupt other things that are happening in our lives, affect the way we treat others and reduce our ability to trust God.
WE NEED TO KEEP OUR PROBLEMS IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE
Planning in our lives is important! When done well planning can alleviate worry. Worrying is letting our problems interfere with our relationship with God and His plan for our lives.
Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in You I take refuge. Psalms 25:16-21
Proverbs 13:6 Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.
When things may not be going as we think they should be going in our lives we may be tempted from memories of ‘the good old days’ to relapse back to out old habits and attitudes. When we feel alone and in deep distress, we need to talk to God, focus on His Ways and trust Him to rescue us from ‘Stinking Thinking.”
Romans 13:14 Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
God’s presence is available to us all if we desire it. He doesn’t go where He is not invited and He doesn’t force His way into anywhere.
From the time God intervened in my life, during relapse in Rockingham in Western Australia my desire was to get to know God. The problem early in my recovery was I wanted to get to know Him on y terms. He was only permitted into the parts of my life I invited Him into and some of the sinful areas in my life I declared out of bounds to Him.
He respected my decisions but recovery didn’t work effectively in my life until I allowed God access to it all.
- Are there areas in your life God that are out of bounds to God?
Romans 6:12-14 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Scripture says “Do not let sin control the way you live.” As we progress in the process of recovery and life change we will face a large number of problems related to our character defects.
We can’t overcome them on our own. But, we can ask God to help us with the destructive patterns we have adapted as self-protection. As He does we need to replace them with healthy patterns and desires that helps us to overcome them and ‘keep moving forward!
It is from our ego that pride rises. Pride can cause us to take the glory for the work that God has done in and through our lives.
Ego problems can stem from worrying about the opinions of others. We convince ourselves others lose confidence in us because of how we live and what we do,
Genuine humility is a sign of a healthy ego. John 3:30 says “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. “ Are you willing to lose some of the applauds so God can be glorified.?
Bible Reading: Psalm 27:7-9
Psalms 27:8 When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!”
In the process of addiction, we all reach our ‘Rock Bottom’ A particular time or moment when we realize “I can’t do this on my own.” and we start looking outside of ourselves for a solution to our problems.
For me, I can identify so easily that moment. It is generally a place when we are at the end of self-reliance and ready to ‘do whatever we need to do to change our lives.’ Prior to reaching my rock bottom, I realized I was an alcoholic and needed to find a way to stop drinking (at that time I was not interested in changing my character) So like so many others before me and after me, I sought the solution to my drinking problem in Alcoholics Anonymous. I learned to talk the talk, I learned to manipulate my problems to get what I thought I needed to solve them.
Rock-bottom for me occurred whilst in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, realizing what I needed was personal relationship with God (not as I understood Him but as He understands me) Self-reliance ended for me when out of sheer desperation I knelt at the side of my bed and prayed sincerely that He would change my life. He did, and I made a commitment to Him in 1989 that wherever He leads me I will follow.
Today’s verse says “When my heart whispered, “Seek God,” my whole being replied, “I’m seeking him!” Alone in a rehabilitation program, ‘my heart whispered.’ and I heard it. Not in a whisper but in the strong, bold, powerful voice of Jesus Christ. Who said to me “You do not need to live like this anymore. Follow Me and I will lead you.”
Is He whispering to you today? Are you listening? Will you respond?
RECOVERY IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
BUT IT IS ALWAYS WORTH IT!