Monday Night at Living Life Recovery

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The Serenity Prayer is commonly attributed to Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who composed it in the 1940s. According to its website, Alcoholics Anonymous adopted the Serenity Prayer and began including it in AA materials in 1942.

What is so special about this prayer that millions of people use across the world in 12 Step meetings? Let’s break it down and see.

God grant me SERENITY
Galatians 5:22-24 What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good–crucified.

God grant me COURAGE
Matthew 14:22-27 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain, so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night. Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror. But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

 God grant me WISDOM
1 Corinthians 2:6-9 We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest–what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. 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.

 What else are we asking God to teach us from this prayer?

To live ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Matthew 6:34 Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

 To enjoy ONE MOMENT AT A TIME
Matthew 24:32 “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner.”

To accept HARDSHIP AS A PATHWAY TO PEACE
John 16:33I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

Taking this WORLD AS IT IS
John 12:31 At this moment the world is in crisis.

Trust that GOD WILL MAKE THINGS RIGHT
1 Corinthians 7:35 I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.

Why pray this prayer regularly as part of your recovery process?

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

What do we need to do to achieve happiness?

 SURRENDER TO GOD’S WILL
(it’s in the prayer)

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Don’t Let Pride Trip You

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Proverbs 16:18 If you are proud, you will be destroyed. If you are proud, you will fall.

 With humility comes wisdom and with wisdom comes honor

Before coming to The Salvation Army Bridge Program I was also in a rehab in Rockingham in Western Australia. Where I learned all the right things and did all the wrong things. I remember the Director said to me “I hope I am around when you finally get serious about recovery. It will be something to watch.”

I never knew what he was talking about but I do now. I was so proud of my achievements I was a relapse waiting to happen. When it did I fell further than I have ever felt before.

The glory for my recovery today goes to God. I am just a guy who made a decision to stop and trust Him.

  • Are you proud of your recovery or thankful to God for it?

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Treasure Unfound

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All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery! I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or “the Secret.” Colossians 2:3-4

Many people with addictions do not believe deeply in God. It is not the purpose of these blog posts to defend the existence of a Creator, nor argue for Christian doctrine. Living Life Recovery simply submits posts from a Bible-based recovery standpoint. We endorse prayer and The Bible.

From personal experience, I want to say Christ is the fullness of God, mighty and matchless, the One True Higher Power. Whatever superiorities others may flaunt, they are not able to redeem humans from sin-ravaged living or remove the inbuilt sin problem.

We may choose to follow other fantastic notions which portray all kinds of escape routes from our problems, but they lead nowhere or fail to deliver us from them. God does not force us to accept Him or follow Him. Spiritually poor individuals may never discover the finest treasures. Hidden in a relationship with His Holy Spirit. It is by open-minded searching we find Him. It requires action on our part and depends on us doing things God’s way.

Jesus Christ is the WAY in “Him alone”, says the scriptures, we find “ALL” that we are seeking. It worked for me and I am confident it will work for you if you have not yet put Him in His rightful place in your recovery and life.

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True Wisdom begins as we Understand how much God Loves and Cares for us.

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Proverbs 13:20 says we “Become wise by walking with the wise.” One of the cliche’s I heard often in the rooms of recovery over 30+ years is ‘STICK WITH THE WINNERS.’ and Proverbs 14:18 says “Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion.”

True wisdom begins when we ‘Decide to let God help us and commit to working with Him to change.’ (Step Three) 

True wisdom begins when we ‘Ask God what He will have us do and His courage to do it’ (Step Eleven)

True wisdom begins when ‘We apply the principles of recovery to every area of our lives on a daily basis to the best of our ability at this time.’ (Step Twelve)

True wisdom is the ability to see our lives from God’s perspective, identify the best course of action to take and do what we need t do to change our ways.

You won’t find out who ‘THE WINNERS’ are until you get involved and start building a supportive recovery network for yourself. And you put an end to your ‘FOOLISH DREAMS,’ until you ‘Investigate and record with God’s help your sinful habits and attitudes.’ (Step Four)
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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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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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Living Life Recovery Reflection #259

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PURITY IS IMPORTANT

James 3:17 The wisdom that comes from heaven is pure. That’s the most important thing about it.

 Purity in our lives comes from a commitment to God and His Word.  The bad things from our past need to be removed and the way to removing them is to study God’s Word and apply it to daily living.

Purity in our lives comes from our hearts. Recovery is a process of changing from the inside out. We are not here for show; we are here to change.

Purity comes from God. Daily application of God’s Word has a purifying effect on our minds and hearts. God’s Word points out our sins and motivates us to change our lives and repair broken and damaged relationships.

  • In what areas of your life are you experiencing purifying since entering recovery?

 

Prayer: Purify my heart Lord and make me clean from the inside in all areas of my life.

 

The ruin of the young is either living by no rule at all, or choosing false rules.

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Psalms 119:12-17 Be blessed, God; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth;  I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches. I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it.  I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road.

2016 – Daily Reflection 157

scripture2 Timothy 3:16 God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.

All Scripture is profitable because all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God.

We rely on manuals for a lot of things in life. Motor vehicles, holidays, road maps etc. How much more important is it to rely on God’s Manual for correct living? The Bible.
The Bible unveils for us God’s wisdom, which leads to recovery and salvation through personal trust in Jesus Christ. It reveals the will of God. It can straighten us out and help us to live right. It is an unchanging message that confronts us with the truth about God, ourselves and lives.

Scripture is an important tool in growing, lasting recovery. Why do so many people oppose it?

Lord, let Your Word of truth penetrate my heart and mind. Deepen it’s influence over me and show me how to use it’s saving power.

2016 Day 111

I got up this morning and thought “I’ll cook myself some breakfast” After the breakfast was cooked I thought what to do now and God said “Open your Bible” Now I don’t know about anyone else but when God says to me open your Bible, without telling me where to open it I always go to Proverbs. There are thirty-one and you can open the one for whatever day of the month you are on.

So I got my Life Recovery Bible andopened it up at Provebs twenty and verse one said Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.” That verse led me to remember times in my past where drinking too much or taking too many drugs has landed me in trouble. It reminded me of times growing up where I thought I was wiser than I was and made the wrong decisions and choices in my life because of it.

I remeber a few years ago I asked my mentor at the time,  Robert Colman, “How do I become as wise as you Robert?”  He seems to know the right answer for everything and he said to me “Keep doing what you are doing until you are 74.” Robert was 74 at the time

Psalms 119:97-98 Lord, I really love your law! All day long I spend time thinking about it. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, because your commands are always in my heart. Gods Word makes us wise. True wisdom goes beyond gathering knowledge. True wisdom is applying the knowledge we aquire in our lives through our own experiences and the experiences of others, good and bad in accordance to God’s Word and His plan for our lives.