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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There Is No Sin In Him

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 As long as we lived that old way of life, doing whatever we felt we could get away with, sin was calling most of the shots as the old law code hemmed us in. And this made us all the more rebellious.  

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another–showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God’s order.Surely you know that Christ showed up in order to get rid of sin. There is no sin in Him, and sin is not part of His program.

Romans 7:5 ~ 2 Timothy 3:16 ~ John 3:4-5

Life Application Notes:
There is a difference between committing a sin and continuing to sin. Even the most faithful believers sometimes commit sins, but they do not cherish a particular sin or continually choose to commit it. A believer who commits a sin can repent, confess it, and find forgiveness. A person who continues to sin, by contrast, is not sorry for what he or she is doing. Thus, this person never confesses and never receives forgiveness. Such a person is in opposition to God, no matter what religious claims he or she makes.

Jesus came to the world with a purpose ‘to save sinners’  Matthew 1:21 “She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus–‘God saves’–because he will save his people from their sins.” He came to earth because we cannot save ourselves. He came to be our Savior from the power and penalty of sin. He came to teach us how to recover with God’s help and move forward to living lives worthy of His calling.

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A Journey So Far

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Acts 10:42 He commanded us (me) to preach the gospel to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God has appointed the judge of the living and the dead.

meIn 1987 at Serenity Lodge‘ in Rockingham‘ my recovery journey began. Right away I learned The Twelve Steps‘  attending and leading groups in Alcoholics Anonymous’

I completed, whilst at Serenity Lodge The Disease Concept of Alcoholism‘ and  ‘The Psychology of Winning’ One of which convinced me I had an incurable disease (alcoholism) the other that told me the power I needed to change my life was within me. No wonder I was confused! Whilst on in Serenity Lodge, studying The Twelve Steps I realized the power I needed to change was the power of my the power of my higher power. Having been brought up with a belief in God I knew the He was the answer. So I purchased a Bible based Devotional Book I would like to say my life change then. But it didn’t. Through a series of wrong choices and bad decisions, I relapsed (twice) but I knew the answer was in recovery, with God’s help. Whilst on my second relapse in 1988 God spoke to me and He said “If you want to get recovery you must leave Western Australia’ So I did. Hard to believe, even now/ I got on a bus and moved to Adelaide, South Australia. With no support and limited knowledge of Adelaide, I ended up The Salvation Army William Booth Men’s Hostel On one of my visits to The Sobering Up Unit in 1989 I saw an opportunity and took it to continue on my recovery journey, with God’s help. The Opportunity led me to Eden Park where I achieved sobriety, became a Christian and began following Jesus. On leaving the program in May 1989 I commenced running and establishing a number of different Bible Based Recovery Groups

In 2005 whilst Small Group Coordinator for the 4o Days of Purpose at my church God introduced me to Living Life Recovery and challenged me to commence Church for People with Addictions. Until now I have been in preparation for that task whilst running Living Life Recovery meetings. 2018 I believe is the year to launch Church for People with Addictions and thanks to the availability of the internet this online ministry will commence this Thursday night right here on http://livingliferecovery.com 

Helping Each Other Because God Says too.

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The Bible says in Luke 14:4 “At the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”

One of the things that too me a while to get my head around when I came to recovery was the part of this scripture that says “you will not see the reward of some of the things you do till late. If ever.”

For anyone who hasn’t picked up on it yet. I enjoy social media. I think it a great medium for encouraging each other in recovery. A number of years ago, through social media I received a message that said “Thank you for that prayer all those years ago, it changed my life.” To be honest I don’t remember the prayer, nor the person. The great thing is God remembers both.

He brings people into our circle of influence regularly. People we may never know we have influenced or how we have influenced them. People who God may have used us to be the difference in their lives. Never underestimate the influence God has when you reach out to others in His name and help them because He calls you to.

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2016 Day 109

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Simply trusting every day.
Trusting through a stormy way,
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Normally I would start my posts with a Step and a Bible verse. But today is different! Different because I am different and God has called me to ‘BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE’

Over the last ten years I have produced this blog, unsure of whether God wanted me to share my experience of recovery or of living life recovery. You might say “What’s the difference?” The difference as I see it, after spending the morning talking to God about it is this:

To share my experience of recoveryall I have to do is tell you my understanding of someone elses curriculum and how they recommend you apply to your life. And, don’t get me wrong IT WORKS! To share my experience of living life recovery means sharing my own personal experience of recovery, telling you what God has done in my life, how it has changed me and what He is doing in my life right now.

Twice now (probably more but I can only remember two at the moment) people have said to me “Is Living Life Recovery for Archie or for everyone?”  I don’t know the answer. All I know is through living life recovery God has change me and I am a better person because of it.

Living Life Recovery has twelve steps. They are based on the process I took to get sober, stay sober and give my life to Jesus.

Living Life Recovery is structured into three areas of life RECOVERY – REPENTANCE – RELIVING. Because that’s how I changed ny life. I didn’t come into recovery looking for God, I came in looking for recovery and through the process of learning and adaptig the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to my life I discovered the need for spiritual progress and the only way I knew how to get spiritual progress was through relationship with the God of the Bible. Who I learned about by attending The Salvation Army Sunday school and The Boys Brigade as a kid.

When I realised I needed spiritual progress I realised I realised I needed to change me because there is no way the God of the Bible would approve of how I was living my life the way I was – That’s why I had to REPENT.

When I repented and God into relationship with God I knew I had to change my way of living so I started studying God’s Guide Book for Living and applying what I learned from it to my everyday living.

Living Life Recovery, not a lot of people know has a slogan which is: RECOVERY IS ABOUT LEARNING TO LIVE LIFE… LIVING LIFE IS NOT JUST ABOUT RECOVERY… You see I tried early in my recovery to do things the A.A. way, and I love A.A. it’s a program of living that taught me how to stay sober and it saved ny life, but it didn’t teach me how to live. Life is not all about meetings and remembering. It’s about developing your own way of living in accordance to God’s Guide Book , discovering what He wants you to be doing and getting on with it. God has an individual recovery plan for all of us, nobeody else can live mine and I can’t live theirs and the only way to discover yours is through personal relationship with God’s Holy Spirit, who knows everything.

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This is the original logo God gave to me for Living Life Recovery. The dross reperesents Jesus as The Way to recovery. The hands represent me, reaching up to Jesus for His help, and the dove represents the Holy Spirit meeting me at the cross when “I decided to follow jesus, No turning back.”

Living Life Recovery has a preamble. I was developed in discussion with the Holy Spirit after attending numerous recovery fellowships Christian and secular. It is I believe the way God wants me to condusct myself in the reovery groups I attend and lead.

When you talk to people about recovery, in the church and outside of the church they all believe recovery is for the addicted. Yet the Bible tells us we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We have all made mistakes, intentinally of unintentionally and we all need  help to recover, repent and relive.

Is living life recovery just for Archie or for everybody? I don’t know the answer, but I have a blog on which I will keep writing and sharing my experience, strength and hope with others. Hoping that God will use it to reach those who need to be reached and will helpt them to find His recovery plan for them and encourege them to follow it.

The sone at the top of this post is a song I learned in The Salvation Army that helped me to put my recovery in persepctive and move forward. Trusting Jesus, even when my faith is small. The Bible tells us ‘faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains.’

If you are struggling with life at the moment and don’t lnow how to cope, visit your local church and speak to the Pastor or drop me an email archie.boyle@bigpond.com and I will try to point you in the right direction

2015–Day 34

othersLet us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:7-8

As we grow in recovery we also grow in faith and love for others. We often feel we would grow quicker and stronger if God would just reveal Himself to us. The reality is He does! God is love and when we learn to love others his love is revealed in and through our daily attitudes and actions.