Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
Romans 12:19 My friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
Forgiveness is stronger than revenge. When I felt offended or hurt by someone in my using days my response was “Don’t get hurt get even.” My philosophy was if someone hurt me I would hurt them back, but worse. Always trying to prove I was stronger and tougher than everyone else. Even though I often didn’t feel that way.
Often we try to prove our authority and strength over others. Which in my own experience is usually an indication of our fear and self-doubt. Instead of feeling fear and self-doubt we need to hand our hurts and offense over to God and trust him to deal with it.
- In what areas are fear and self-doubt stopping you from repairing relationships?
Prayer: Lord help me today to overcome my feelings of fear and self-doubt
and put my faith in You.
Philippians 2:4 None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others.
Progression in the process of recovery brings us into relationships with others who may not be as far down the recovery road as we are.
I want to start with a word of warning. The first two years of recovery are about getting to know God and yourself. I would not advise anyone with any less than two years’ recovery up to Sponsor anyone else. That being said we all have something to offer each other. I would encourage everyone, no matter where you are on this spiritual journey to do what you can to help others.
- Always be ready to share your experience, strength, and hope.
- Only talk about your own experience.
- Before you share take time to talk to God about it.
Prayer: God, open my eyes and heart to being used by You to help others where I can.
Acts 3:16 This man whom you see and know was made strong because of faith in Jesus’ name. Faith in Jesus has healed him completely. You can see it with your own eyes.
We all have a story. I love this verse in the Bible and it tells my story in one verse. I was broken and God repaired me. I was lost and God found me, I was addicted and God healed me.
Anyone who knew back then, who I am still connected to will confirm if you ask them “I am a new creation.” And it’s because I put my faith in God.
Through a daily relationship with the Holy Spirit and belief that I never have to again be the person I was. Today, I can experience God’s healing and spiritual growth.
Recovery is about understanding our own story and giving others hope through sharing it.
- When did you last share your story with someone else?
- Do you need to share it today?
2 Kings 7:9 “We shouldn’t be doing this! This is a day of good news and we’re making it into a private party! ”
Good News is for sharing. We should never become so preoccupied with our own recovery that we neglect sharing it with others.
Our responsibility is sharing. We are not responsible for, nor might we ever find out who will respond. We do not know all the opportunities God presents for us to make a difference in the lives of others.
Matthew 28:19 Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Sharing is not optional. Jesus told His disciples to make more disciples. In His command to His disciples, He also commands to reach out to and share our experience, strength and hope with those still caught up in the turmoil of their problems.
We don’t all have to be on a platform. One-On-One, friendship is just as important in the process of giving others hope of a better life as sharing from the front in a meeting.
2 Thessalonians 1:10 He will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe–and all because you believed what we told you.
STEP TWO: I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me
to regain control of my life. DO YOU?
It’s all about Jesus!
God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. True wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are His. Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me.
2 Samuel 22:3 ~ Job 12:13 ~ Isaiah 26:4 ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
Psalms 12:5 The Lord says, “The weak are beaten down. Those who are in need groan. So I will stand up to help them. I will keep them safe from those who tell lies about them.”
The two biggest causes of relapse, in my opinion, are ‘Dishonesty’ and ‘Loneliness.’
To overcome both we need a new source of strength. We need Jesus.
In John 16:33 Jesus says “In this world, you will have trouble. But cheer up! I have won the battle over the world.”
Relying on our own strength is what dragged us down in the past. It is now time to rely on Gods’ strength and to allow Him to help ‘us.
- Can you see how relying on yourself got you in trouble?
- Are you ready to look for a new source of strength outside of yourself