Why Recovery?

1 John 1:5-10 This is the message God has given us to pass on to you: that God is Light and in him is no darkness at all. So if we say we are his friends but go on living in spiritual darkness and sin, we are lying. But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.If we say that we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins. 

Unless we change our character we cannot successfully acheive recovery. Step Four says “In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help my sinful habits and attitudes.” We cannot progress in the process unless we are willing to change and seek God’s will for our lives, put all of our efforts into achieving it. As we learn His will and put it into practice the way we relate to others should be evidence of His saving grace in our lives and our dependence on Him.

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Everyone Needs Recovery

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Titus 2:11 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!

 Recovery is available to everyone through a personal relationship with Jesus but a lot of people are not ready or willing to pursue it. I am always surprised when people tell me they know how to achieve recovery and don’t.

God is ready to give us the gift of recovery and forgive us the things we have done wrong in the past. If we are prepared to accept change and implement it. Accepting God’s gift becomes dangerous when we justify bad choices and behavior. Sometime we may think it is easier to go along with things we know are wrong than do what we need to in order to change.

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Willing to go to any lengths

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logo_transparent_bg1 John 3:4,8 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 

Life for most of us falls short of our intentions. It is not easy to fail successfully or accept frustration without bitterness and sorrow. When we entered recovery we found companions or acquaintances well established in the process. Some rejoicing in what they are now enjoyably achieving.  Did we allow that to prolong our bid for freedom from our problems? Or did we rejoice with them and do what we needed to do to achieve recovery at any cost?

Recovery is personal. No one can achieve it for us and we cannot achieve it for anyone else. It takes hard work. It requires faith in God and total commitment to the process. Are you willing to go to any lengths to achieve it?

 

 

True Wisdom

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When we lack wisdom, the storms of life can be devastating. After our lives are in pieces, we may realize that we have acted unwisely and want to change, but where do we start?

How can men be wise?” the psalmist asks. “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!” (Psalm 111:10). God has given clear instructions for life. When we have enough reverence for God that we are willing to accept his instructions as the basis for all of our decisions, we have a good starting point.

Jesus said, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock” (Matthew 7:24-25). Listening to what the Bible says is the next step toward walking in wisdom. Filling our minds with God’s teaching will lead us to follow them.

This will also help us turn away from those things God says are wrong. Job tells us, “This is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding’” (Job 28:28).

Turning our lives over to God is a wise move! Like most aspects of recovery, walking in wisdom is a process that we grow into. These three elements are the groundwork: fear of the Lord, listening to his teaching, and following them.

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Day of Waiting

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The religious leaders had manipulated the Roman Governor to condemn an innocent man who was a threat to the religious status quo and the Pharisee Temple Corporation. Dozens of witnesses saw Jesus’ body lowered to the ground, placed in a grave carved in the rock, sealed by a large stone, and now guarded by an elite squad of Roman soldiers. The religious leaders had to be very pleased with how quickly they had removed the trouble-maker from their midst.

Jesus’ tomb became God’s workshop to undo the tragedy that had taken place in the Garden of Eden. He kept his promise spoken hundreds of years earlier. It was God’s will that his Son dies and lay in the grave to cover our sins.

Separated from his Father on our behalf, Jesus willingly carried out his assignment, meeting sin and death alone. Allow Jesus’ blood to cleanse you. Rejoice that death has no more power over you.

Lord, what a stressful day of waiting for your disciples. With hope and expectancy, I await the morning light of your resurrection. I know the planet will rumble when daybreak arrives. Amen

“I’m still your God, the God who saved you out of Egypt. I’m the only real God you’ve ever known. I’m the one and only God who delivers.” Hosea 13:4

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Living Life Recovery, July 3, 2017

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Step Five

Psalms 51:17 The greatest sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. God, you will gladly accept a heart that is broken because of sadness over sin.

CONFESSION BRINGS RELEASE
Jesus taught “Blessed are those who are sad. They will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

God isn’t looking for evidence of how our sinful habits have kept us separated from Him. What He is looking for is how willing are we, to be honest, take responsibility for past mistakes and poor choices and do what we need to do to rectify our relationship with Him and with others?

The process of Step Five God will not our openness, honesty, and vulnerability. He will be there with us to comfort us, cleanse us and release us from the hold our past has on us that prevents us from being all He is calling us to be.

JOIN US IF YOU CAN!

Recovery Devotion #165, 2017

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LET GOD CHANGE YOU

1 Thessalonians 4:7 God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful– as beautiful on the inside as the outside.

When we fail to meet God’s standards we need to confess our mistakes. In step six we commit to allowing God to change us. He can’t if we don’t allow it or if we aren’t willing to do our part in the change process.

To make mistakes is normal. To keep making the same mistakes is insanity.

One of my favourite statements Is a statement from Joyce Meyer who says “I am not where I should but thank God I am not where I used to be.”

Recovery is a continual process of change that takes time to achieve. Even the smallest step forward is a positive step in the process.

– What Can I do today with God’s help to move forward?

Prayer: God help me today to move forward. Even if it is only a little way help me progress in the process of recovery.

God’s Training Plan

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God has a training plan for each of our lives. Whatever situation you find yourself in, no matter how difficult or easy it may seem God is using it to train you to be more like Jesus.

HIS TRAINING PLAN REQUIRES OUR WILLINGNESS
1 Timothy 4:7-8 says “Don’t have anything to do with godless stories and silly tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come.”

Isaiah 1:19 You have to be willing to change and obey. 

Daniel 3:28
 “They were willing to give up their lives. They would rather die than serve or worship any god except their own God.”

Romans 13:1 You must be willing to obey completely those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God.

Hebrews 13:13 Let us be willing to suffer the shame he suffered.

We all say we want recovery and are willing to go to any lengths to get it. But are we? All through the process of my life, Living Life Recovery God has challenged me to be willing to go places I felt uncomfortable, to do things I did not understand and to trust Him even when all seemed like it was falling apart. Through my willingness to let God be God and follow where He leads I have learned to do so many things I never thought I could and today I want to give the glory to Him. Because without Him I am nothing and have nothing worthwhile.

Today if you are struggling in your willingness to do what God wants you to do or go where God wants you to go I want to encourage you to put your faith in Him because he will never let you down.

 

 

2016 Day 131

Bible_leatherDaily Reflection
May 10.2016

Ephesians 1:2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

“One of the commonest errors about Christianity is that it a recipe for being good, that its primary purpose is to tell men how to improve themselves as life goes on. That is a great fallacy. Christianity is essentially a story …. of what God has done about man’s enemies of sin and death, of what He, by His Spirit, is still doing.” (Donald Coggan)

Jesus put it this way Matthew 9:13  “I have not come to get those who think they are right with God to follow me. I have come to get sinners to follow me.”  The New Testament e,phasizes the sin and death problems were met head-on at Calvary. Jesus died for us, sinners, and went to battle. Vut He has to win the battle for our lives by our willingness to accept His vistorious salvation. Refusal only causes us to try other solutions for our sin problem.

Many people have tried many solutions to solve the sin problem but there is only one solution andit is acceptance of Jesus Christ as our personal Saviou, repentance of the mistakes of our past and commitment to living according to His plan and His purpose as we move forward in recovery.

Jesus says in John 15:5 “You can’t do anything without me.” He alone is the answer to transformed life. Without Him we are left with this problem: Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like someone who is “unclean.” All of the good things we do are like polluted rags to you. All of us are like leaves that have dried up. Our sins sweep us away like the wind.

RECOVERY WITHOUT JESUS IS JUST ABSTINENCE

2016 Day 114

Bible Reading: Leviticus 26:14-42

After a harsh warning for disobedience to his laws (26:14-39), God shows great love for his people in this promise of restoration. He delights in restoring those who repent. Jesus came to earth, died, and was resurrected so that we could experience God’s forgiveness for our sins. A large part of our change of character through the process of recovery results from:

Confess our sins (Steps 4 and 5)

– In order to help me change, I will investigate and record with God’s help
my sinful habits and attitudes.

– On completion of my list of sinful habits, I will confess them to God and
to someone that I trust.

Soften our hearts (Steps 6 and 7)

– After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them,  I am now willing to let God change me.

– Through acknowledgement of God’s supreme power, I humbly ask Him to help me change my sinful habits and attitudes.

Make Amends (Steps 8 and 9)

– As part of the process of change, I will identify and record  everyone I have harmed and through prayer become willing to make restitution to them.

– Having identified the people I have harmed, I will now go and make restitution to them. Unless to do is going to cause them or other pain or suffering.

Leviticus 26:40-42 “If they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors, their treacherous betrayal, the defiance that set off my defiance that sent them off into enemy lands; if by some chance they soften their hard hearts and make amends for their sin, I’ll remember my covenant with Jacob, I’ll remember my covenant with Isaac, and, yes, I’ll remember my covenant with Abraham. And I’ll remember the land.”