Matthew 12:35A 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.
Romans 14:7We don’t live for ourselves alone. And we don’t die all by ourselves.
The most important relationship in our recovery is our relationship with God. Everything we are going through is to bring us to the point of service to Him and others.
He rescued me from a fate worse than death. He helped me to clean up my life and He continues to help me to continue move forward in spiritual recovery day by day. Everything I think, say and do is seen by Him and I try to live my life at all times in a manner that brings glory to Him.
None of us arrived in recovery because we wanted to. We arrived in recovery because God lead us here. Every day we need to remember that and do our best to live our lives in ways that won’t embarrass or offend Him.
What are you still doing in your life that would embarrass of offend God?
Prayer: Lord help me today not to offend or embarrass You.
2Co 1:3-4All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs
When we decide to ‘Turn our wills and lives over to the care of God.‘ He comes alongside to help us to navigate the past We can count on Him to stay in relationship with us as we address the issues we need to address and move forward into a new future.
Then as we progress in the process of spiritual growth He creates opportunities for us to point someone else in His direction so He can help them too.
I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Psalm 116:1
God hears and answers the prayers of those who come to Him in distress. Caught up in our addictive and compulsive behaviours we were often unaware of the danger they posed to our reputation, relationships and life. Discovering we needed help, we called on God to help us and He did. Now, in the process of recovery our relationship with Him must become the number one priority of our daily living.