“When You sit on Your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to You, one on Your right and the other on Your left.” Mark 10:37
The disciples missed the point.They thought Jesus would establish an earthly kingdom hat would free Israel from Romes oppression. God’s Kingdom is not of this world. It is not palace and throne centred but is in the hearts of all who believe in Him and follow Him.
Jesus tells us to pray “Thy Kingdom come” on earth as it is in heaven. This is a reference to God’s spiritual reign. Luke 17:21 says “The kingdom of God is within you.” That says to me ‘The Kingdom of God’ is my most valuable possession, that lives in my heart and I need to look after. It also tells me that I (and you) can live as citizens of heaven right here, right now. It requires me to put Jesus in His rightful place in my life (Lord and Saviour)It requires me to discover His purpose for my life and put all my efforts into achieving it. It requires me ‘Loving Others’ because they are important to God.
How will Living Life Recovery help me to see the Kingdom of God? you say. By learning and applying the Twelve Steps of Living Life Recovery to your everyday living I guarantee you will discover a living, loving, sharing, caring relationship with Jesus that will not only help you overcome all the hurdles in your life right now but will also give you a life far beyond your wildest dreams and expectations.
An important principle in the process of recovery is ‘expecting God to act.‘ in your best interest.
Proverbs 28:26 Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish. But a person who lives wisely is kept safe.
“I only trust myself!” “I can do it!”
Two of the most self-deceptive statements we have all said at one time or another in our lives. We have been on this road together for a little while now and I want to ask you the question: Who do you trust?
Some of the most valuable things I have learned, implemented and shared in my recovery and life are things I have learned from other people. None of us are here by mistake. We are here because it is where we need to be and God has brought us here.
Proverbs 3:5-7 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”
I believe we need two solid relationships in our life. One is with someone who is further down the recovery road than we are. Who can help us not to make the same mistakes others have made. And, someone who is on our level, walking with us who will keep us on track and keep us accountable on a day to day basis.
- Have you established a mentor/sponsor and accountability partner?
- If not, why not? Do it now, today!
Psalms 18:6 When I was in trouble, I called out to the Lord. I cried to my God for help. From his temple, he heard my voice. My cry for help reached his ears.
The night before you entered recovery; do you remember where you were? What you were doing?
It is good sometimes to remember where we came from and reflect on how we got to where we are now.
My journey into spiritual recovery involved leaving behind everything I knew and loved and moving to a place where I knew no-one and had no supports.
It was through that experience I learned the importance of a personal relationship with God and my need to rely on Him.
- Do you remember how you used to think and act?
- How have you changed?
Matthew 12:35 A good man says good things. These come from the good that is put away inside him. An evil man says evil things. These come from the evil that is put away inside him.
A good man says good things! What we say should please God. When you speak to others would you speak differently if you though God was examining every word you said? Would He approve of your words and your thoughts?
As we progress in recovery we need to change the way we think and the way we speak. I used to swear a lot. I don’t know why I just did. And I used to think all the wrong thoughts. Until I came into relationship with the Holy Spirit, started to check myself and ask myself the question: “Would God approve?” We change what we say when we allow God’s love to guide our day.”
- Do you swear a lot and do you think God approves?
Prayer: Lord today let me speak to others as I would to You and to only use word that You approve.
Matthew 5:23 “Suppose you are offering your gift at the altar. And you remember that your brother has something against you.”
This scripture in Matthew goes on to say “If you remember someone has something against you leave your gift and go and make peace, then come back and offer your gift.” That tells me the process of making restitution in continued spiritual growth is a big one.
This is not always an easy step to take. To let go of all resentment. To give it to God and then go and make peace with the people you resent goes against everything we have ever done in life before. But it is necessary because if we don’t resentment will lead us back down that path of despair.
- Now you are at a turning point in your relationship with God and others how do you feel?
Prayer: God give me the strength to let go of resentment. To trust you as I go to those I resent to repair relationships.
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.