Ephesians 5:14-21 Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants. Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ. Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.
Are you making the most of the chances God is giving you? Are you stepping up and stepping out and living the life He is calling you to live? If not, why not?
Joshua 1:9 Haven’t I commanded you? “Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
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.
- What do you tell yourself in self-talk about recovery and your progress in it?
- What do you pay attention to others tell you?
Prayer: God today let me listen to You and fill my thoughts with Your prompting.
Proverbs 21:2 Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the Lord knows what he is thinking.
None of us intentionally set out to do the wrong thing. We do what we believe is right. Unfortunately, sometimes it isn’t.
Romans 7:15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.
No one plans to live a life where they are going to have to go into recovery.
When I first started drinking at the age of fifteen it wasn’t so I could become and alcoholic. I was having fun, I think! Because from the age of fifteen I don’t remember a lot about my drinking days. I was a blackout drunk basically from the beginning.
I drank to fit in, to belong, to be part of my circle of friends. I hated the taste of alcohol, but loved the effect of not having to face up to myself or anyone else. Eventually my life revolved completely around drinking and I felt that my life could never be any different because I couldn’t live without drinking. Alcohol drove my life, until I came into recovery in 1987.
- What is the driving force of your life?
If you choose not to work on your recovery, you’re choosing to get high! The little foxes will creep in and erode your recovery foundation. When you don’t choose God’s truth, you’re inadvertently choosing the devil’s lie. It’s critical to understand that no choice is making a choice. It’s extremely dangerous when you choose to entertain doubt, fear, anger, low self-esteem, condemnation, worry, anxiety, and lies. God’s given you the authority to use his weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
This is about progress, a day at a time, to let go and let God. You’re no longer a slave but God’s own child and everything he has belongs to you. The Father gives you the authority to move out of your mind and stop being critical of yourself for the times you fall short. You actually glorify God by asking for his help, submitting to his authority, and knowing Jesus’ blood already covers the circumstance you’re so worried about.
Just as you believed who the enemy said you were, it’s okay to now receive who God says you are—one of his kids.
Lord, I pray I will forget yesterday and receive what you’ve got for me today. I desire to throw a grateful party for you rather than a hissy-fit for me.
John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; Galatians 4:7
ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER
Reflection #248 , 2017
Romans 14:19 Let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build each other up.
Building up others and being encouraged by others is one of the most important processes of recovery.
Most of us have spent our lives being put down by other people. We understand how it feels and what it does to our character. That is why we need to work hard at building up each other.
If people hadn’t encouraged me in my recovery I don’t believe I would be where I am today. None of us has all the answers. The Bible says in 1 John 4:20 “Anyone who says he loves God but in fact hates his brother or sister is a liar. He doesn’t love his brother or sister, whom he has seen. So he can’t love God, whom he has not seen.” If we say we are serious about recovery and can’t let go of our resentments we are kidding ourselves.
- Are you serious about recovery?
Prayer: Lord help me encourage others
Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. But I do more than thank. I ask–ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory–to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for you. God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.
Philippians 2:14-15 Do everything readily and cheerfully–no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night
The way to avoid unnecessary arguments is clear understanding by all parties. The way for all parties to understand is clear lines of communication. I read somewhere that communication is depositing a part of yourself in another person.
The reality is that clear communication doesn’t just happen. We need to learn to speak truthfully to each other and we need to learn for forgive one another when we don’t get it right.
– Is there anyone you need to go and apologise to because of poor communication?
Prayer: God help me today to communicate clearly with
everyone I interact with and avoid any confusion.
Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! Good Sense will scout ahead for danger, Insight will keep an eye out for you. (Psalm 51:12 Proverbs 2:11)
IF WE HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE GOD HE WILL GUIDE US
Psalm 25:9 He gives the rejects his hand, And leads them step-by-step.
If you find yourself tempted to relapse, remember God teaches the humble His Way.
FOLLOWING JESUS INVOLVES TAKING A NEW DIRECTION
Matthew 2:12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.
Are you willing for God to lead you in a totally new and unfamiliar direction?
THE LONGER WE KNOW JESUS THE BETTER WE UNDERSTAND HIS WAYS
John 12:16 The disciples didn’t notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him.
As you mature through the recovery process you will look back and see God’s interaction in all that has and is happening to you.