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
Ask God For Strength
Psalms 105:4 Look to the Lord and to his strength. Always look to him.
In recovery, we need to seek God’s strength to do those things we cannot do in our own strength.
Our own strength is actually a point of spiritual vulnerability. There are times in our lives when we are vulnerable because of our strengths, not our weaknesses. In Luke 4:3 we read “The devil said to him [Jesus], If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus had the power to tell the stone to become bread. The devil wanted Him to use His power outside of what God’s mission for His life. The devil can also tempt us to use our new found lifestyle for the wrong things. Avoiding the temptation to go our own way because we are feeling better is a trap we need to be aware of.
– Are there things in your life you are tempted to do you know you shouldn’t do?
Prayer: Lord help me to depend on You and not on myself.
It’s a bit of a stretch when you enter recovery and hear someone tell you about the peace that surpasses all understanding. You’ve been trying for years to seek peace, and have always gotten chaos and confusion instead. In recovery, you’re learning to be yourself, instead of being whoever people wanted you to be. Only in the glorious moment of ripping off the mask of your false self-do, you discover you truly cannot do this on your own.
God becomes very real when you truly know he’s the one who saved you from yourself because he loves you so. God takes your brokenness and begins reconstructing your life’s puzzle pieces into the masterpiece he designed. He equips and strengthens you to do the good things he planned for you long ago.
God rubs out your guilt, washes away shame, and takes your sin as far as the east is from the west. God poured his special favor on you to walk out the recovery he planned for you long ago, one day at a time.
Lord, I pray I will continue, by grace, to experience your peace. I pray to walk out the recovery you planned for me long ago and not give up. Amen
Philippians 4:7 You will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:10 We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
1 Corinthians 15:10 Whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by His grace.
Above is my daily devotions for today. Resulting in my focus word for the day being ‘PLANNING’
Reading further this morning on the subject of planning the Life Recovery Bible says:
The Psalms say The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery. They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.
The Bible goes on to warn me in Proverbs: The Lord approves of those who are good, but He condemns those who plan wickedness. If I plan to do evil, I will be lost; if I plan to do good, I will receive unfailing love and faithfulness. No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:25 says “This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.”
Ephesians 1:10 says “This is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”
- I can make good use of my resources through planning.
- Careful planning can save me a lot of worries.
- Careful planning includes submission to God.
- God’s plan for me has eternal benefits.
- God’s plan for me is better than anything I can imagine.
- God’s plan for me can’t be understood outside of a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
WELCOME TO MONDAY – What are your plans for today?
Psalms 40:13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
GOD LIFTS US OUT OF OUR PROBLEMS
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. (Ps 40:2)
WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS TO STOP GOING BACK
May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. (Ps 40:14)
WE NEED TO STAY CLOSE TO GOD
Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
Hebrews 12:7 As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Whoever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
– God allows some things to happen to us in order to train us
LEARN FROM THEM…
– Our response to God’s discipline determines how much we benefit from it.
ACCEPT IT GRACEFULLY
– God is more loving and demanding than any other parent.
DRAW ON HIS STRENGTH