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Don’t Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid

Isaiah 41:10 Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

I have watched more people walk
away from recovery than have
completed it, all because of ‘fear of
the unknown’


We have all heard the saying “It’s
better the devil you know’
Today, I
want to tell you it isn’t! Recovery can be scary and sometimes thankless process. From my own experience of many years of recovery I want to tell
you ”It is always worth it.”

If you are in recovery and struggling, I want to urge you today ‘Do not quit’ The smallest step in the recovery process is still a step in the right direction. A slogan I heard many years ago in recovery says, “You only fail when you stop trying.” So today just keep moving forward and I promise you – IT WILL GET BETTER

#Experience #Process #Help

BE STRONG IN THE LORD
Light, space, zest– that’s God! So,
with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing. Psalm 27:1

GOD IS READY TO HELP
We can boldly quote, God is there,
ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
Hebrews 13:6

GOD LOVES YOU
There is no room in love for fear. Wellformed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life–fear of death, fear of judgment–is one not yet fully formed in love. 1 John 4:18

Prayer: Lord help me today to ‘Keep Moving Forward’ with Your Help, in Your strength and Your timing.

#8 Relaxed Composure

Psalms 23:2 You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.

It’s good to be alive, to feel the sun on rain on your face. Sure, we still have some ‘bad days’ but on the whole life without hangovers, feeling guilty and waking up sick is terrific. Peace of mind and a clear conscience are more important than passing pleasure and personal gain.

When I look back on my life honestly I have to admit there were times I ‘enjoyed what wasn’t good for me.’ When I first started using alcohol and drugs they brought me a certain amount of pleasure. But, as time went on I realized they were costing me a great deal more than money.

Many years in recovery fellowship groups, discussing the past has brought almost unanimous agreement substance abuse robs us of vision, appreciation, and enjoyment. There was no time in our pasts for relaxation and meditation. The beauty of God and His creation was beyond our comprehension. Laying down our lives to Him brings with it a new calm, composure, and contentment.

It is only through a right relationship with God I have learned to enjoy life to the full. In following Him ‘He has bedded me down in lush meadows and brought me quiet’

COMPOSURE
Jesus said, “I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.Matthew 28:20
CONTENTMENT
Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” Hebrews 13:5
CONFIDENCE
May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13

When we depend on our circumstances for our contentment, we become unhappy when things don’t go our way. When we depend on Jesus for our contentment, we are secure because he will never fail us.

The greatest consequence of sin is death, which leads to eternal separation from God.

Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master. Romans 6:23

#Composure #Contentment #Confidence

Prayer: I pray that I will maintain a right relationship with Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit and enjoy the lush meadows He leads me through.

Self-Control

STEP ONE I ADMITTED MY LIFE WAS A MESS AND I WAS OUT OF CONTROL

1 Corinthians 10:13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

It is common in life when we fail to blame our circumstances of other people.

The truth is “I am responsible for my actions and reactions.” No one else can make me do anything I don’t want to do. Whether I do the wrong thing or the right thing is ‘my choice.’ Most of us don’t really want to hear that. Most of us have a hard time accepting it and most of us have a hard time doing something about it.

Recovery is not always an easy path to follow. Many times in my spiritual walk it would have been easier for me to go back to my old ways, where I felt more comfortable than to keep moving forward in recovery.

Moving forward is a choice I make every day in my life. The worst days in my recovery have all been better than my best using days.

To develop self-control, we need to understand God’s guidelines for right living. We do that through reading His Word daily, prayer, meditation and seeking counsel from others on our addictions, compulsions and overcoming them.

  • THINK! THINK! THINK!
    Matthew 12:37Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

  • TURN IT OVER TO GOD
    God says 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”

  • TRUST AND OBEY
    1 Corinthians 10:13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

    #Trust #Truth #Turn

Prayer: Please God help me to always remember where I came from.

Everyman’s Quota

Keep us alive with three square meals. Matthew 6:11

There is not enough money in this world to satisfy our addictions. Alcohol, drugs and wrong living emptied my pockets. No matter how much I earned, and I had some high paying jobs during my using years.

My family and friends were disappointed in me. I was well known in the pubs I drank at where people were always glad to see me. But not at home. Over the years of using I spent periods of my time living with different members of my immediate family, always with the same result. Disappointment a feeling of unhappiness because something is not as good as you expected or has not happened in the way you hoped.

Entering Bible-based recovery in 1989 I discovered God answering my prayers and my daily bread provided for in wonderful ways. He provided for me in ways I just didn’t understand and can’t explain. What I can explain is I was changed. I no longer had to struggle to move forward in life. He kept opening new doors for me and I kept walking through them to better things in my life.

GOD’S GOT THIS
Philippians 4:19 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.

JUST RELAX
Matthew 6:31-33 What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME
Matthew 6:34Give 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.

#Disappoint #Discover #Know

Prayer: Lord, help me today to rely on your provision for my life. I pray that I may never again try to provide for myself what you have already provided.

What The Bible Says

I followed orders, stood there and took it while they beat me, held steady while they pulled out my beard, Didn’t dodge their insults, faced them as they spit in my face. And the Master, God, stays right there and helps me, so I’m not disgraced. Isaiah 50:6-7

Some people will oppose our new way of living. We need to stand up to them and keep moving forward in the process of spiritual maturity. #Help #Stand #Forward

Discussion Starter #6

2 Corinthians 4:2 We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. #Open #Manipulate #Keep

#6 God Does Not Tempt

Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Matthew 6:13

Memories of the good times drinking and drugging are temptations we need to guard against. In our minds, we can paint lovely pictures of our favorite drink, drug or drinking environment. We only see a warm atmosphere, experiences, and good company.

When we don’t remember the drunk in the corner with no friends. Remember the hangovers, arguments, fights, remorse, and guilt we can talk ourselves into relapse.

It is only through the application of ‘The Twelve Steps’ we can overcome the temptation that attacks our minds and hearts.

Since turning my life over to God I have become aware of being in periods of temptation. My life goal is to ‘Follow where He leads’ rather than following my own desires. Trusting that ‘God does not lead me into temptation’ James 1:14 says “The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.”

Be assured that God is our best ‘safeguard’ Not only protecting us, but also providing us the power to resist, not just once or twice but repeatedly – again and again and again. #Temptation #Relapse #Blame

Morning Harmony #5

The Good Shepherd

Psalm 1:1-2 How well God must like you– you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead, you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night.

When we first discovered alcohol and drugs we found a ‘friend’ to help us face up to life’s problems. It wasn’t long before that ‘friend’ became our biggest problem. To begin with, alcohol and drugs made our lives bearable, full and satisfying. Then we learned all we were left with was heartache and headaches.

It can be a shock to the system when we first discover an unfriendly foe we have supported, liked and treated generously. It can be a slap in the face, a hit where it hurts, a kick in the teeth. But, it is important to be woken to the truth. To reach a ‘turning point’ and discover that through recovery life’s problems can be faced without the use of alcohol and drugs. Relationship with Jesus Christ is our Way to discover and enjoying freedom.

I will delight in the Lord! Enjoy the freedom which is only found when I love in harmony with Him as my One True Higher Power. We are all God’s children! #Turn #Reach #Discover

What The Bible Says

So where does that put us? Basically, all of us, whether insiders or outsiders, start out in identical conditions, which is to say that we all start out as sinners. Scripture leaves no doubt about it. This makes it clear, doesn’t it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it’s clear enough, isn’t it, that we’re sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in. 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. #Start #Doubt #Experience

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