Category: Daily Reflection

People Reliance vs God Reliance

This weeks topic is self reliance. Today I want to train our thoughts to the mistake of relying on people instead of relying on God.

Most of my using days all I wanted to do I was impress other people. My parents, friends, bosses I worked for, the girls I went out with, my friends. It was hard work creating an image to present for each of them. And, remembering which mask to wear in each situation. In the process of identity creation I lost ‘the real me’

It wasn’t till I arrived in recovery in 1989 I began to take time, though learning and applying the Twelve Steps to discover who I really was. I also began then to investigate the question of who God said I was and was prompting me today.

Step Ten in this process became my life line. Taking time, daily to do an inventory on my day, My attitudes, behaviours and character, and asking God to help me improve the things I needed to improve and change my character to become all that He is calling me to be. I am still on that process as I walk daily with Him, so Step Ten and daily check up on myself still a lifeline in my relationship with Him.

For a long time I relied on the approval of others. Today I only need the approval of One, my Lord, my Saviour and my One True Higher Power Jesus Christ.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

2 Corinthians 13:9 I’m glad when I am weak but you are strong. I pray that you will become perfect.

It’s sad when someone who has done so well suddenly relapses. Casualties occur in recovery and in the Church. The sight of some who fall victim to the enemy of who just trip up is not a pretty sight. Those who care grieve over spiritual casualties.

When down-hearted hang on there. When you seem to be at a standstill, hold tightly to Jesus. If things around you are looking bad, look up. Make a conscious decision to keep going. The death of our Lord and Saviour guarantees our ultimate victory. So don’t crumble or collapse and become a casualty. Keep on keeping on. Confirm your commitment to the process.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding.

Prayer: When I am tempted to give up Lord fortify my soul
with courage and conviction so I feel going on.

Future Direction

1 Peter 1:15 The one who chose you is holy. So you should be holy in all that you do.

To be holy is to be set apart. To live differently. To live by example.

When I became a Christian. Early in my recovery journey I made a conscious decision. “To be different and make a difference.” Not knowing then what an important part of my life journey that would become.

Through my recovery experience I have had more opportunities than most people who have been Christians all their lives. Sorry correction. I have made myself available to more opportunities than most people that have been Christian all their lives.

Recovery for me has been a simple but not always easy journey for me. God leads and I follow.

  • If you made one decision about how you will live from today what would it be?

Prayer: Lord show me today the direction for my future.

Clearing the mess with God’s help.

I admitted I was out of control.

At no point in my life growing up have I ever felt that I was in control of my life. In my childhood years my life was controlled by my parents, the choices, and decisions they made for me. In my teenage years and early adult years my life was controlled by my addiction, the choices, and decisions I made. So admitting I was out of control came very easy to me.

The first step in the process of my recovery was defining how to move forward. I believed then and believe now recovery is a three-step process. They are:

RECOVERYthe discovery of what is good and helpful
1 Corinthians 10:23 Some of you say, “We can do whatever we want to!” But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful.

REPENTANCE turning from the wrong way of living
2 Chronicles 7:14 My God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins.

RELIVINGaccepting God’s forgiveness
Romans 4:7-8 Fortunate those whose crimes are carted off, whose sins are wiped clean from the slate.  Fortunate the person against whom the Lord does not keep score.

I can see clearly now

Psalm 90:8 You have put our sins right in front of you. You have placed our secret sins where you can see them clearly

When I read this verse a song sounds in my head, that says” I can see clearly now the rain has gone. I can see all the obstacles in my way.” Step four is about identifying the obstacles. In order to go on in the remaining steps and formulate a plan for removing them.

At this point in recovery we need to remember most of the obstacles in our lives were not developed overnight. Some of them are going to take longer than others to overcome. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “God will not tempt you more than you can take.” And “When you are tempted He will give you a way out.”

  • What obstacle are you holding onto today you need to let go of?

Prayer: God if there are any obstacles today preventing me from following you help me to remove them.

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.

Watch Over Your Heart

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smoothly before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust. Proverbs 4:23-27

Our heart and our feelings dictate to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. #Heart #Talk #Keep

Attending Meetings

Recovery is about learning to live life
Living Life is more than just recovery

We were made for community. None of us were created to be loners, even though that’s how many of us ended up. We were born to share with others, care for others and take care of others. That being said I do not believe recovery is all about attending meetings. Yes, we need to be connected to others, we need to be connected in healthy small groups that afford us the opportunity to share our experience, strength, and hope with others. For some of us that means attending meetings every day, for others, it means getting involved in supportive, Bible-based fellowships where we can encourage others and be encouraged by others to learn to live our lives based on the recovery principles found in the word of God. One Size does not fit all.

Romans 12:16  says we should “Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.”

Get along with others and stop thinking we are better than them, Even when they don’t agree with how we do things. Throughout my 30+ years in recovery, I have been told by others “You need to go to meetings. If you are recovering from alcohol you need to go to A.A.” And, believe it or not, I agree with that. In my early recovery A.A. taught me how to stay sober but it is my firm belief it would never have kept me that way. For that, I needed strong, spiritual guidance that I could only discover through God’s Word and a personal daily ongoing relationship with the Holy Spirit. My God is great God, the Creator of all and for Him,I believe recovery from addiction and compulsion is just like recovery from anything else if you put your faith in Him and trust that He can and will help you recover.

A large part of the recovery process is encouraging others. Hebrews 10:25 says “Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.”Meeting attendance I believe is an important part of our recovery. Both for our benefit and for the benefit of others who God may have brought to hear what we have to say, but I also believe God has a plan for every one of us and His plan does not include all of us attending meetings every day of our lives. Or not going on holiday somewhere because there is no meeting we can attend.

In my recovery life,I have attended and been part of many, many different recovery fellowships and groups all of which I believe have played important roles in me being who I am today. The one constant in all is knowledge and acceptance we cannot do this on our own. To recover we need Higher Power help. For me there is one true Higher Power, His name is Jesus Christ and He himself said  John 14:26 The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. Walk each day with the Spirit!


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