Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Colossians 3:15
The Bible says in Psalms 105:1 we should “Thank God!” we should “Pray to Him by name!” and we should “Tell everyone you meet what He has done!” Step 11 in the Living Life Recovery Twelve Steps says “I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.” Step 12 says “I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”
In the process of recovery we spend a lot of time looking back, thinking about the wrong things we have done. Thankfulness is a bout looking forward. Thanking God that He has helped us to overcome the past and through daily walking in relationtionship with Him He will use us to help others who are not yet where we are in the process.
1 Corinthians 15:57 Let us give thanks to God! He wins the battle for us because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.
Regularly thanking God for what He has done, is doing and will do in our lives is a good habit to adapt in recovery.
There are four elements to habitual thankfulness we all need to learn and adapt:
- Remembering what God has done for you.
- Tell others about it.
- Show God’s glory in you.
- Offer to do something for someone else.
When I look at these four elements it helps me to understand more why the process of recovery works. The Twelve Steps includes all of these elements.
- How are you applying the four elements of thankfulness to your life?
Psalms 105:1 Hallelujah! Thank God! Pray to Him by name! Tell everyone you meet what he has done!
We are all probably aware we need to thank God for what He has done in and through our lives. Some of us may do it grudgingly, some of us do it habitually.
But we all need to remember thanking Him is more than a phrase. It is an attitude. It is recognition of our dependence on Him ~ it is He who gives us recovery, who brings us hope, comfort, and strength as we go through this process of life transformation.
As we take time this week to consider what Heis like, what He does and what He is able to do, we need to nurture a thankful response.
Step Twelve of the Living Life Recovery Steps says “Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.”
Join us this week at Living Life Recovery, Connect Christian Church in Hastings as we look at what the Bible says to us about the importance of giving in the process of recovery.
I make an appeal to you for my son Onesimus. He became a son to me while I was being held by chains. Before that, he was useless to you. But now he has become useful to you and to me. Philemon 1:10-11
Where would I be today if no-one had given me a chance? I remember when I first wanted to enter the Salvation Army Bridge Program. Alone, confused and desperate in the detox unit, a counselor coming to me and saying “You can’t go to the Bridge Program, your attitude is all wrong.” Thankfully God intervened and I was on the bus to Eden Park the next day.
I wonder where you would be if no one had given you a chance? Or what my future would have been like from that day without God’s intervention.
Paul wrote to the Galatian’s “Brothers and sisters, what if someone is caught in a sin? Then you who are guided by the Spirit should correct that person. Do it in a gentle way. But be careful. You could be tempted too.” Galatians 6:1 He could have said the same thing about Onesimus.
Recovery is about putting people back into workable and usable shape. No more is this more evident in step twelve, which says “I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to personal relationship with Him.”
It is what Jesus did for others and for us. And it is what God is calling us to do as we move foreward in the recovery process.