Category: Foundations

2022 – Spiritual Foundations – Week Three

LIFE IS VALUABLE

Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.  
                                                         1 Timothy 4:8

Living life in recovery according to God’s will makes life valuable. Through this process God asked us to choose life through following Jesus rather than leading life according to our own sinful desires. 

God wants us through the process to stop trying to control our own destiny and let Him guide us.  This makes sense based on the way we lived  prior to recovery  and the fact that Christ knows better than us what is good for us and what we need to keep moving forward in life. 

God also asks us to submit to Him in order that we might lose our self- centredness and understand the value of our own lives and the lives of others i n our circle of influence. 

–  What value do you place on your life and the lives of others now that you are progressing spiritually in recovery? 

Prayer: Lord help me to place the same value on life as You do. 

  1. GOD CREATED US

God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.  Genesis 1:27

Hebrews 11:3 By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

John 1:3 Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him.

  1. GOD LOVES US

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.

                                        Ephesians 1:4

Romans 5:8 God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

Zephaniah 3:17  God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.

  1. GOD VALUES US

We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin.

                                      Hebrews 4:15

1 John 3:2 Friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him.

God’s name is a place of protection— good people can run there and be safe. 

Proverbs 18:10

2022 – Spiritual Foundations – Week Two

GOOD FOUNDATIONS

What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God’s field in which we are working. Or, to put it another way, you are God’s house.1 Corinthians 3:9

Jesus is a firm foundation of recovery. He can overcome any problem or trouble we may encounter and through learning and adapting the Bible to our daily living He is a foundation on which we can build better lives.  

Spiritual growth begins through establishing a personal relationship with Jesus, but it doesn’t end there. Spiritual growth is about seeking to know God’s will for our lives. Learning to apply it through Jesus’s example and moving forward daily through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Galatians 5:22 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.

  • What are your life’s foundations?

Prayer: Lord just for today help me to establish good foundations through the process of recovery and continually build. 

  • GOD WANTS US TO OPEN UP TO HIM

Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done. Psalms 37:5 

1 Corinthians 2:11-12  Whoever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us.

1 Corinthians 2:14 The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion.

  • .A PURPOSE FOR EVERYTHING

God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included—but for judgment. Proverbs 16:4

Ephesians 2:10 We neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

Psalms 138:7-8 When I walk into the thick of trouble, keep me alive in the angry turmoil. Finish what you started in me, God. Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now.

  • COMMITMENT TO GOD

When a man makes a vow to God or binds himself by an oath to do something, he must not break his word; he must do exactly what he has said. Numbers 30:2 

Hebrews 11:6 It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

James 4:8 Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field.

Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write
 you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting
—begging!—that you fight with everything
you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish
. Jude 1:3 

Strong Foundations

1 Corinthians 3:11 No one can lay any other foundation than the one that has already been laid. That foundation is Jesus Christ.

Jesus is a firm foundation of recovery. He is able to overcome any problem or trouble we may encounter and through learning and adapting the Bible to our daily living He is a foundation on which we can build better lives.

Spiritual growth begins through establishing personal relationship with Jesus, but it doesn’t end there. Spiritual growth is about seeking to know God’s will for our lives. Learning to apply it through Jesus example and moving forward daily through the power of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 The fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful.

A large contributor to how well we progress in recovery is based on what we do at the beginning, what foundations we establish to build our new lives on.

One of the first things we should all do in the process of recovery is establish clear, strong spiritual foundations (because it’s a spiritual program) and make them the foundation stones of our recovery. Failing to build on an enduring foundation leads to destruction.

What foundation’s is you life built on.

40 Days of Recovery – Day 5


Paul, threatening with every breath and eager to destroy every Christian, went to the High Priest in Jerusalem. He requested a letter addressed to synagogues in Damascus, requiring their cooperation in the persecution of any believers he found there, both men and women so that he could bring them in chains to Jerusalem. As he was nearing Damascus on this mission, suddenly a brilliant light from heaven spotted down upon him! He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Paul! Paul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who is speaking, sir?” Paul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city and await my further instructions.” The men with Paul stood speechless with surprise, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! As Paul picked himself up off the ground, he found that he was blind. He had to be led into Damascus and was there three days, blind, going without food and water all that time. Acts 9:1-9

Where were you when you first thought about entering recovery?

For me, I was in Adelaide on one of my, many geographicals in 1987. My Dad had just died and even though for most of my life he wasn’t around and I never really knew him it affected me. And, as every alcoholic does it times of hurt I got drunk. At the time I was living in shared accommodation, working through the day and drinking when I wasn’t working. On this occasion, it was cold and wet outside so I bought alcohol on the way home from work and proceeded to get drunk. Because of the cold weather outside, I set myself up in the house, where I was home alone in front of an electric bar heater. You guessed it when I got drunk enough I fell asleep, knocked the heater over and set fire to the carpet.

I was awoken by a housemate who came home saw what I had done and put the fire out. Because of that incident, I was evicted from where I was living and decide to go back to Western Australia. So I quit my job and off I went. On the trip back to W.A. I thought about the incident and realized I needed to do something about my drinking. So on my return to W.A., I headed to Rockingham, my home town for my teenage years and booked myself into rehab there. I would like to say recovery started from there but it didn’t. I was one of those people who the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous talks about when it talks about people being incapable of being honest. So I learned to play the ‘Sobriety Game’

My decision to enter recovery came a couple of years later. After spending a couple of years on the ‘revolving door’ The decision came through a personal audience with Jesus Christ. Alone in my room in rehab in Adelaide one night, knowing I needed to get serious about recovery I knelt at the side of my bed to pray. As I prayed I heard the voice of Jesus say to me “Archie, you do not need to live like this anymore. follow me and I will lead you.” That was in 1989. From that day to this day He leads I follow.

How about you. Paul had to be knocked down and blinded. I had to leave my family and everything I held dear in order to be stopped long enough to hear the voice of Jesus, pay attention to it and make a conscious decision to make a positive life change. Where were you when you first decided to enter recovery?

Coming Soon to Living Life Recovery


Starting on the 1st April 2018 right here on Living Life Recovery we will be featuring the ‘4o Days of Recovery’ series.

  • 4o Daily Recovery Devotions based on the 12 Steps of Living Life Recovery.
  • 6 Weekly message videos (with audio podcasts) based on the topic for the week.
  • 40 Days of Recovery Journal to help you keep track of your journey.

‘4o Days of Recovery’ is a God-delivered Spiritual Recovery Foundations series written in 2006 by Archie Boyle, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it is available only on http://livingliferecovery.com  (it will not be featured anywhere else) Participation is free and you are all invited to participate because EVERYONE NEEDS RECOVERY.

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