Category: 2020

WHO WILL I RELEASE?

Matthew 27:21 When the governor asked again, “Which of these two shall I release to you?” the crowd shouted back their reply: “Barabbas!”

 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.

Who have we decided to let HOLD US CAPTIVE? Welcome to Step Nine! In this step, it is in our hands to send marching those who oppress us. We can continue to tolerate them, or we can make a conscious decision to break our ties with them.

The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.  John 10:10

 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

  •  It is within our willpower to delegate the Devil to the defeat he is under from the victorious Christ.
  • We can give him marching orders by allowing Jesus Christ to be our Lord, Our Savior, and our ONE TRUE HIGHER POWER.

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Through the Grace of Jesus Christ:

 SPIRITUALLY FREE
If the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. John 8:36

GRACEFULLY FREE
All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, a world without end. Romans 5:21

 FREE TO LIVE RIGHT
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Galatians 5:1


 WE ARE EITHER PRISONER OF LOVE
OR A CAPTIVE OF
THE ENEMY. HELD AS COMPULSIVE LOSERS

 

PRAYER Lord today I choose a release from compulsive losing and accept Your freedom from those I have permitted to hold me captive.

Change your old habits

Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Colossians 3:9

Recovery calls for living under The Twelve Steps, which align with the Word of God. In the past, we knew no better. Our desire to live the wrong way controlled our lives. We wanted what we wanted when we wanted it and would go to any lengths to get it. We developed habits that suited our lifestyle and helped us to consume our drug of choice on our terms.

Through the process of recovery, we have recognized our defects and the flaws in our character that we need to face and overcome if we want to change our lives. Now that we have decided to tell the truth, we need to start and look at ways of changing what we do to line up with our alternative way of living and thinking. We need to learn God’s way s and apply them to our daily living in every area of our lives.

We came to recovery with selfish ambition. I used to tell people ‘the one thing I am selfish about in my life is recovery.” Today I know that is not true. Proverbs 18:1  in the message says, “Loners who care only for themselves spit on the common good.” For much of my life, even in recovery, my interest has been in the WIFM (what’s in it for me?) The Life Recovery Bible says A sure sign of progress in recovery is when we begin to care about those around us who are still in bondage to their addiction. As Christ suffered and died so we might have life, we must sacrifice for others as well. It takes maturity to lay aside our own interests and agenda in order to share the message of hope and recovery with others. But such sacrifices are part of recovery. Staying self-absorbed can set us up for pride and relapse; carrying the message of recovery to others will always strengthen us.

People all the time say to me “I don’t know what God wants from me.” The answer is He wants you to love Him and love others. He wants you to listen to Him and to act according to His Word in every area of your life.

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The Steps of good man are ordered by the Lord.
  • What bad habits have you changed so far in recovery?
  • What still needs changed?

Prayer: Lord today if there are any old habits between us remove them.

What The Bible Says

Romans 7:15-20 What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! 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.

Paul shares three lessons he has learned in dealing with his sinful nature:

Knowledge of ‘the rules’ is not enough.
Romans 7:9  I went along without paying much attention to it. But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it.

Self-determination us not enough
Romans 7:15 What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.

Turning to God doesn’t eliminate the temptation
Romans 7:22-25 I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

Becoming like Jesus, learning and obeying God’s will for our lives as we progress in the process of ‘Living Life Recovery’ is a life long process. We cannot earn God’s favor through good behavior. It takes work on our own character to develop into the people God is calling us to be. None of us need recovery because life has worked out for us. We tried and we failed in our own strength. 2021 is the year to discover His strength and His power and live according to His guidance and commandments.

What The Bible Says

PRAYER

The secret of a close relationship with God is to pray to Him earnestly each morning. In the morning, our minds are freer from problems, and then we can commit the whole day to God. Regular communication helps any friendship and is certainly necessary for a strong relationship with God. We need to communicate with Him daily. Do you have a regular time to pray and read God’s Word? Psalm 5:1-3

Thanksgiving should be an integral part of our prayer to God. As we praise and thank God for the material and spiritual blessings He bestows on us we should also thank Him for answered prayer. Remember when you asked God for protection, strength, comfort, patience, love, or other special needs, and He supplied them? Beware of taking God’s provision and answered prayer for granted.. Psalm 138:3

Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul says we should “devote” ourselves to prayer and be “alert” in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God answers our prayers. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come when we think they should, the delay may be God’s way of working His will in our lives. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering—maybe not in ways you had expect, but in ways that He knows are best. Colossians 4:2

Ephesians 6:18

I READ THIS, THIS MORNING: and it sounds like good advice.

How can anyone pray at all times? One way is to make quick, brief prayers your habitual response to every situation you meet throughout the day. Another way is to order your life around God’s desires and teachings so that your very life becomes a prayer. You don’t have to isolate yourself from other people and from daily work in order to pray constantly. You can make prayer your life and your life a prayer while living in a world that needs God’s powerful influence. We also should pray for all others in Christ; so pray for those you know and for the church around the world.

Thought For Today

Take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:11-18

God has a plan for each of us, and for us as a group. He knows the plan, directs the plan through our life occurrences. And, He is with us every step of His plan. We need to learn a we grow in faith to apply what we have learned of His plan and through the recovery process to every area of our lives. God is a God if involvement, and He wants to be involved in every area of our lives (not just the parts we give Him access to because we feel we need His help in them) He will help us get through whatever life throws at us if we are willing to put our faith in Him and trust Him.

God wants us to be prepared for whatever life is going to throw at us and He wants us to seek help and guidance from others, more mature in faith than we are We need to learn how to apply His truth, His peace and His Salvation to daily living and we need to pray, often, hard and long for His guidance and involvement.

Step 12 says ‘Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to lead others to a personal relationship with Him.’ We are called by God, through the process of recovery to encourage others as we walk the ‘Road to Recovery’ together. And, to make sure we do what it is in our power to do to make sure that no one is left behind.

what The Bible says

GOD CALLS US TO MOVE AWAY FROM TEMPTATION
Leave this place! Don’t look back. Don’t contaminate yourselves with plunder. Just leave, but leave clean. Purify yourselves in the process of worship, carrying the holy vessels of God.
Isaiah 52:11

GOD CALLS US TO BE OBEDIENT TO HIM
“The servant who knows what his master wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed.Luke 12:47

GOD CALLS US TO PERSEVERE IN THE PROCESS OF ‘LIVING LIFE RECOVERY’
Be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. 1 Peter 4:13

Living Life Recovery Is a process

I know it is old but ‘Living Life Recovery’ is still a process. In 2021 it is my intention to begin again using this podcast account. God said to Moses, “What’s that in your hand?” Exodus 4:2 So in 2021 it is my intention to use the tools I already have available to me to share my experience, strength, and hope with others of RECOVERY – REPENTANCE – REBIRTH in order for God to use what I have learned and practices since 1987 with those still suffering the negative effects of their addictions and compulsions and/or the addictions and compulsions of a loved one or a friend.

#ThoughtForToday

To keep it you have to share it. ” I am sure we have all heard that saying at some stage of our recovery journey.

When we experience recovery. When our lives are changed through faith we want to share it.

There is no greater experience in my opinion than to tell people about your experience of recovery. The “ Good News ” about Jesus Christ also needs to be shared. After all none of us got to where we are now on our own. As we progress in the process of recovery we must never forget those who are still suffering, those who are waiting to hear our message of hope for their lives.

– When did you last share the “ Good News ” about recovery?

#VerseForToday

When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.
1 Corinthians 9:22

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