Job 6:29 No double-talk! Think carefully–my integrity is on the line!
Job 6:29 No double-talk! Think carefully–my integrity is on the line!
The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one, and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it– What God has arranged for those who love Him. You’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God and brings out what God planned all along. John 14:26 ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 ~ Isaiah 55:8 ~ John 3:16
Psalms 19:13 Keep me also from the sins I want to commit. May they not be my master. Then I will be without blame. I will not be guilty of any great sin against your law.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous talks about us trying to find an easier, softer way. Human nature is to always take the easy least troublesome way.
You will not forget your past, but you no longer have to live there. There will be things you think about doing but won’t do because you now know better.
Thinking it isn’t doing it. Step six is about behavioral change. Thought change can take longer. I have had people come to me in recovery and say “I had a dream about drinking last night.” It happens. If you have suffered from alcohol addiction your body is used to being driven by alcohol. The same for drugs etc. The important thing is under no circumstances pick up the first one.
Retrain Your Brain
Romans 12:2 Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed.
We should discipline our thoughts to be pure because how we act is determined by what we think.
A single negative thought can bring undone all the good work we have done up till now. Recovery is a process of retraining the brain.
Philippians 4:8 tells us to “always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure, lovely and worthy of respect.”
Retraining the brain comes from reading and understanding God’s Word and putting it into practice in our daily living.
Prayer: God today let me listen to You and fill my thoughts with Your prompting.
God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in! 7Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you. Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvellously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
1 Corinthians 9:25 highlights the importance of the continued application of the principles of recovery and resetting our focus not on ourselves but on the things God wants us to be focused on.
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.”
Prayer: Lord today let me speak to others as I would to You and to only use word that You approve.
Ephesians 4:25 Each of you must get rid of your lying. Speak the truth to your neighbor. We are all parts of one body.
The cause of all relapse is dishonesty. Lying to God, to ourselves or to others leads to more lies to cover up the first lie told. The result from the first lie leading us back into our old ways of thinking, acting and reacting.
I am still surprised how many people I hear justifying their lies to protect the other person. Lying protects nobody because when the truth is revealed it is a bigger task to repair the damage than it would have been telling the truth.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says recovery is a process that demands rigorous honesty.
– Have you lied today?
– Do you need to talk to God about it?
Prayer: Lord help me today, to tell the truth, no matter how hard it seems.
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”
Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.
Nothing can defeat you when you focus on God and take all the help He is making available. to you