Philippians 1:9 I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding.
God reveals truth to people who will act on it. Some people can’t understand the truth because they are not ready for it. When you go to talk to people about repairing relationships don’t be surprised id they don’t understand when you talk about God and what He is doing in your life. Be patient with them and remember because you are in recovery doesn’t mean everyone else is.
Take time to pray that the Holy Spirit will open their minds and their hearts to receive the truth and to act on it. And take time before meeting with anyone to read what the Bible says about repairing relationships and making amends.
- Have you read what the Bible says about making amends, restitution and forgiving others?
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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?
Luke 6:28 Bless those who call down curses on you. And pray for those who treat you badly.
This I found hard to get my head around until I started to understand, most of the people I was holding resentments against didn’t even know it.
The only person we destroy when we hold onto resentment is ourselves.
Recovery is going to highlight in our lies some bad situations we have been in. We can get resentful and feel sorry for ourselves but we don’t need to stay that way. We can remove resentment from our lives by honestly expressing our pain and shame to God, forgiving others and concentrating on changing ourselves.
- Are you content with who you are today?
- Are there resentments you need to let go of?
Prayer: God help me today to let go of my past and concentrate on being all You want me to be.
Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious–the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Matthew 13:14 ~ Romans 12:3 ~ 1 Corinthians 12:2 ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12
Close the book on Evil, God, but publish your mandate for us. You get us ready for life: you probe for our soft spots, you knock off our rough edges. I’m thanking God, who makes things right.
Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.
Let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
Psalms 7:9 ~ Psalms 7:17 ~ Matthew 13:12 ~ Matthew 26:41 ~ Hebrews 4:16
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?