Category: Step 11

Step Eleven – Week Two

WHY READ AND STUDY THE BIBLE?

In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on i

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

– God prepares us, through learning, implementing and living the twelve steps to become the best version of who created us to be. The Twelve Steps accompanied by Scripture are our training programme to living God’s way.

Hebrews 4:12 God means what he says. What He says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.

– Studying the Bible, not just reading it regularly and checking ourselves against it shape our character. Through prayer the Holy Spirit highlights what we need to do, how it needs to be done, when it needs to be done and equips us to DO IT!

John 8:31-32 Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.

– The truth about ourselves, about God and about life is revealed through daily interaction with God’s Word. We experience it through obedience to what His Word reveals to us personally, as a group and as a COMMUNITY.

Psalms 119:50-52 These words hold me up in bad times; yes, your promises rejuvenate me. The insolent ridicule me without mercy, but I don’t budge from your revelation. I watch for your ancient landmark words, and know I’m on the right track.

– The Bible helps us through bad times. Recovery is not always an easy process but God’s promise to us of changed life is always true and keeps us on the right track when we STAY FOCUSED.

Psalms 119:26-27 When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders.

– Through the Bible God responds to us and trains us in His wisdom. Through the Bible we learn to understand His ways and adapt them to our daily living. Changed life begins on the inside.

Psalms 119:89 What God says stays, as permanent as the heavens. His truth never goes out of fashion; it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. His Word and truth are as dependable as ever.

– The Bible is as relevant and dependable as it has always been. Reading and studying it daily changes our thinking, belief and commitment to changing our lives and becoming all He is calling us to be.

Persist in Prayer

Persistence in prayer is an important requirement in the recovery process. Persistence is needed because we are working with God’s help to overcome the many hurdles of our past that have brought us unstuck. we are also facing many new trials in our lives we have never had to face before.

PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER IS VITAL TO EFFECTIVE INTERCESSION
Moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need.
2 Corinthians 9:14

THERE ARE TIMES IT MAY SEEM EASIER TO QUIT THAN TO PRAY
Respond by humbling yourself, praying, seeking God’s presence, and turning your backs on your wicked life, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. 2 Chronicles 7:14

PRAYER INVOLVES PRAISING GOD
I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God. Psalm 9:1-2

Asking God For Help

Soften up, God, and intervene; hurry and get me some help, Psalms 40:13

Sometimes things don’t happen as quickly as we think they should in the recovery process. In our opinion, God doesn’t move quick enough or we believe the things He is asking of us are too hard. But as we have already learned ‘God knows us better than we know ourselves.’

Sometimes it is in waiting for God to act or respond we discover how far we have moved away from Him and how far we have to go to get our lives in order. God is with you and He cares. What you are going through right now is what you need to go through to understand what is really going on in your life and what you need to do to change it.

Sometimes it is waiting for God we understand our need of His help and guidance and human strength is not enough to bring us to here we need to be to deal with the things we need to deal with,

Sometimes it is in waiting for God we understand the importance of the recovery process in our lives and the importance of giving God access to the area of our lives we have chosen up until now to avoid.

Asking God is an important part of our prayer lives but so is the patience to give God the time to answer and the willingness to ‘GO TO ANY LENGTH TO ACHIE IT!’

  • GOD GIVES US THE STENGTH TO FACE EVERY CRISIS
  • THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT GOD GIVES US WISDOM AND DEISCENMENT ABOVE OUR OWN
  • GOD HELPS US TO PRAY WHEN WE CAN’T FIND THE WORDS
  • GOD GIVES US OTHER PEOPLE TO SUPPORT US IN RECOVERY

We sought through PRAYER

Jesus says “keep company with God.” Why? Because He is there listening for all who pray and mean it.

We have all heard the saying ‘Say what you mean and mean what you say!’ Most of us have talked to God because things have not gone according to our agendas. But, God wants to be involved in every area of our lives, in all circumstances. We are encouraged by Jesus in Matthew 6 to “find a secluded place so we won’t be tempted to role-play and we can come before God simply and honestly” and seek His guidance.

There is a connection between what we do and what God does. He depends on us to do our part before He decides His. I believe recovery is a three stage process.

1. RECOVERY – learning and applying the Twelve Steps to our lives in order that He will help us to change and become the ‘new person’ the Bible talks about in 2 Corinthians 5:17

2, REPENTANCE – understanding the mistakes we have made, making amends for them and making a conscious decision not to do them anymore.

3. RELIVING – the life-long spiritual journey of seeking, learning and doing God’s will to fulfil His purpose in our lives and become the people He created us to be.

The first and second stages are our part. God in His wisdom gives us all free will and with our free will comes the choice to either follow or ignore Him. We do that in the recovery process I believe by learning all we can about ourselves, about life and about God in order that we can develop our characters into God approved characters.

It tells us in Luke 11:10 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.

Improving our conscious contact with God requires us not only to speak to God but to listen to Him and acting on His instruction to live the best life we can and help others to do the same.

Paul says in Titus 1:2 My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end. This is the life God promised long ago—and he doesn’t break promises!

To understand and God’s promises for our lives and apply them to our daily living we need to be in constant communication with Him. One of the most important ways of doing that is through reading and studying ahis Word, which I will share more on next week in week three – step eleven.

God is Listening

Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we’re doing or why, but it’s hard going and we need your prayers. All we care about is living well before God. Hebrews 13:18

I love this verse.We have all heard the saying about the recovery process. Simple but not always easy! Since entering recovery in 1987 I have always felt God’s prompting to be different and make a difference. A large call in anybody’s estimation.

It hasn’t always been easy. But early on in the process I learned He leads I follow. The one thing that has sustained me throughout my spiritual journey is close contact with Him by way of daily interaction with the Holy Spirit.

I take very seriously the need to know God’s will for my life and His power to carry it out. He has opened doors that in my own strength would never opened. He has strengthened me to face and tackle things, impossible to me, and He has done through prayer, reading His Word and meditation. He answers prayer in ways I could never in my own mind come up with.

Today I want to encourage everyone reading this to pray about everything. Don’t ever think ‘it’s not important enough for God to care about.’ He loves you and He cares about all that is going on in your life, so STOP! and take time today to talk to Him about it. He is listening…

Step Eleven ~ Week One

What is God’s Purpose for you?

Jesus said, “I glorified you on earth By completing down to the last detail What you assigned me to do. John 17:4

The Fatherhood of God is our best refuge, our chief purpose in life must be to glorify Him, recovery in our own strength impossible. In His grace all things are possible, nothing too difficult for us to overcome. Jesus recognised the need to complete God’s as assigned by Him, down to the last detail. We too, if we want to succeed in the process of becoming all He is calling us to be must recognize His purpose in our daily walk. put our faith in Him, do and go where He prompts us to, even when we don’t fully understand.

God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. 2 Timothy 1:7

We are called to share what God has done, is doing, and promises to do in and through our lives with others. Recovery is a great gift. One of the things I am not sold on in the A.A. concept of recovery is anonymity. The Bible talks about ‘letting your light shine’ the Twelve Steps speak about ‘Reaching the suffering’ God did not send Jesus to die for me in order for me to keep it a secret. I don’t believe it is in His purpose for any of us to keep quiet while others are suffering addictions and compulsions He is calling us to help Him rescue them from.

Thought For Today


Day 313 ~ Stand firm
How are your efforts in recovery encouraging others to seek God?

 

IN ORDER TO DISCOVER GOD’S PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE, IMPLEMENT IT AND TO IMPROVE MY RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, I WILL SPEND TIME DAILY IN PRAYER, READING THE BIBLE AND MEDITATING ON IT.

How we respond to discipline will determine how much we benefit from recovery. We can respond to discipline a number of ways and they all affect how we progress. We can hold a pity party and feel sorry for ourselves. We can decide just to take things as they come without expecting much change. Or we can stand firm in the knowledge that our recovery is controlled by God Himself and as our loving heavenly Father He expects great things for us and from us.

God is not just our Heavenly Father He is also our life-coach. He pushes us each day because He knows our growing strength will not only help us but also help others.

 

Prayer: Lord help me today to stand firm on your promises and encourage others to do the same.

#StepEleven #Improve #Grow  #Strength

Get Ready


Get Ready

In order to discover God’s purpose in my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him,
I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.

 

  • How prepared are you for what God has in store for you?

Step Eleven says “In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it.”


Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled.

I am hungry to discover God’s purpose for my life. Because of that, I am going to apply all the principles of recovery to my life so I can be best equipped to do what God wants when I discover what it is. I am thirsty to taste this new way of living and experience all it has to offer me. I recently heard a sermon titles Ready-Set-Go. The speaker said the SET is all about READY for what God had in store for us. That’s how I see step eleven – getting ready!

 

Prayer: Lord prepares me, equip me and make me ready to obey Your plan for my life. #StepEleven #Ready #Purpose

 

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