Permanent Commitment

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Romans 2:4 Do you make fun of God’s great kindness and favour? Do you make fun of God when he is patient with you? Don’t you realize that God’s kindness is meant to turn you away from your sins?

 How serious are you about God? Are you committed to the process of recovery?

Commitment to God and the process must be consistent. In the process of recovery, we made a commitment to obey God, to trust Him. The way we live now shows others our strength and commitment to the process.

Commitment to God and the process of recovery need to be lifelong commitments.  God expects our commitment to the process of spiritual growth to be permanent, not temporary.

 

  • Are you committed to the recovery process and continuing to change what needs to be changed in your life?

Prayer: God if anything gets in the way of my commitment to the process of recovery help me remove it.

Living life Recovery Reflection

In God We Trust

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We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it–and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. Galatians 2:16

So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God. Hebrews 6:1

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“Nothing But The Truth”

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In his place shall arise a vile person ……. he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue. Daniel 11:21

In recovery, we realize there is no mincing of words, no pulling the wool over our eyes, no departure from honesty and no infiltration of fantasy. We face the facts, we see ourselves as we really are, warts and all. But we also see the hidden credentials. We are confronted with the truth of the Bible and challenged to consider Christ.

A caring God gives high premium to those who drugged by lies and ruined by recklessness come to sanity and rectify their mistakes, ideas, and ways. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:7 This is the commendable thing in honesty to do: Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6

It is incumbent on us, to be honest, and face up to the truth. Not allowing ourselves to be cheated by an abundance of intrigue, should it appear. We need to maximize our effort at gaining God’s commendation for seeking and knowing Jesus Christ as our One True Higher Power. 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jesus said Luke 12:2 There is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.

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Principle 1 – HONESTY

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STEP ONE: I admit that my life is a mess and I am out of control.

I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.
Romans 7:18-21

 

Honesty – The operating principle behind step one is honesty. If you can’t get honest about your problems and get honest about making a sincere effort to resolve them, you will not succeed. A good definition of honesty is the absence of the intention to deceive? Who are you trying to deceive?

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The integrity of the honest keeps them on track. An honest life shows respect for God. It is better to be poor and honest than a rich person no one can trust. God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children. 

 God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love–like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do.

 Proverbs 11:3 ~ Proverbs 14:2 ~ Proverbs 19:1 ~ Proverbs 20:7 ~ Ephesians 4:15

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The truth brings freedom. Only Jesus offers true freedom. Our job is to learn the steps and apply them to every area of our lives daily and share the message of ‘Good News’ with others who are still struggling in their problems. We can do this only by speaking the truth and backing up our words by demonstrating what He has done for us.

An invitation to love. One of the most beautiful chapters in the Bible about love is 1 Corinthians 1:13. Paul points out in this chapter loves is more than emotion; it is selfless action. Love requires telling the truth. Even when it’s difficult or painful. No relationship built on lies can improve our lives or the lives with those we are in a relationship with.

The importance of trust. When life is going smoothly, trust is easy. Trust in our lives is tested when nothing makes sense. God alone is sufficient to help us deal with our problems when nothing seems to be going right. But, for Him to help us we need to tell Him the truth (even though He knows it anyway) do what we can to resolve our problems and trust Him for the outcomes.

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Rejected honesty is better than accepted dishonesty. God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this Message. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 When Jesus Christ becomes our Higher Power it comes with a responsibility, to be honest in our words and in our actions.

 Honesty breeds trust. Since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don’t add words like “I swear to God” to your own words. Don’t show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can’t be used against you. James 5:12

Exaggerating and lying makes it difficult for anyone to believe us. Always tell the truth and you will become trustworthy.

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Principle 1 – Handout

Stand Firm

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Philippians 1:28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. 

Some of us have an endless list of problems confronting us. Circumstances surrounding us that cannot be easily resolved. Issues that have haunted us for far too long. Enemies or opponents that have constantly niggled us. Now, we read in the Bible “Don’t be intimidated.”

Fear of what we are up against can be terrifying. Which, if left undealt with can cause us to give in to hopelessness and fall back into our old ways of acting and reacting.  Giving in to despair can maroon us.

Faith believes in the Lord Jesus. The armies of Heaven are considerably greater than any force man can muster. Meaningful support is guaranteed when we are prepared to trust God. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!  God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”  Psalms 121:2 ~ Hebrews 13:5  What a valuable promissory note of spiritual encouragement. Even when we don’t have what it takes, God does. As long as we give our wills and lives to him and let Him lead we can depend on Him to help us to stand Firm.

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Trust God

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I hate all this silly religion, but you, God, I trust. Trust Go absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for Him. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God

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God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.

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Who are you trusting in the process of recovery? The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never know Him through human wisdom, He has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. Corinthians 1:18-21

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#29-Self-Deception

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Proverbs 28:26 Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish. But a person who lives wisely is kept safe.

 “I only trust myself!” “I can do it!”

Two of the most self-deceptive statements we have all said at one time or another in our lives. We have been on this road together for a little while now and I want to ask you the question: Who do you trust?

 Some of the most valuable things I have learned, implemented and shared in my recovery and life are things I have learned from other people. None of us are here by mistake. We are here because it is where we need to be and God has brought us here.

Proverbs 3:5-7 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” 

I believe we need two solid relationships in our life. One is with someone who is further down the recovery road than we are. Who can help us not to make the same mistakes others have made. And, someone who is on our level, walking with us who will keep us on track and keep us accountable on a day to day basis.

  • Have you established a mentor/sponsor and accountability partner?
  • If not, why not? Do it now, today!

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