Daily Devotional – 8/6/14 “Recovery!”

It’s Wednesday and someone, somewhere is wiping your woes on your wrist of weakness. You’re wrestling with wickedness and its winning. You wandered passed the warnings and now you’re weighed down. You’re still wounded because you won’t keep the same wound wrapped long enough to heal. You’re questioning God when He wasn’t the one that got you in the mess you’re in but He said He’d get you out but you have to go through recovery. Yea, if alcoholics can have AA, drug addicts, gamblers and even sex addicts can have a place to go to heal; why can’t God have a recovery program? You do know that recovery means the act of getting something again that was lost, stolen or owed; right? See, you’ve been in that mess you’ve lived in long enough. You’ve been hateful for way too long and it’s sucking the life out of those around you. Yes, I know you’ve tried to do it on your own but it hasn’t worked and today is your intervention. Today you need help. Today you need to check yourself into recovery. No, you don’t have to tell anyone because it’ll be evident by the change in you. No ma’am, no sir; there is no cost; it’s all covered. Yes, it’s all inpatient; meaning it’ll take place on the inside of you. You won’t have to pack a bag but you will have to throw out some stuff. You won’t have to change residents but you may have to change who resides there. You won’t have to change the color of your hair but it might not fit with your new look. Changing your clothes isn’t even a requirement but they may not fit the same.

Are you ready to get started? Great then allow me to give you the list of God’s custom made treatment plans. These plans are for your good so that you can recover.

  • Detox program 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
  • Individual therapy Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
  • Group Therapy Hebrews 10:25, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
  • Christian based treatment – Bible Study, Sunday School, Worship Service, Prayer Meeting

So you see; there are not a lot of programs involved with God’s Recovery because they all work. There is only one book that you are required to read and it’s called the Bible. You can find it in nearly every store and there are many different versions for you to choose from. There’s no set time on your recovery because it’s at your pace but you must go in with a mind of wanting to be recovered and the faith that you will be. You can start whenever you choose, all you have to do is write the date down and begin. Recovery works because I’ve tried it and I am not ashamed to tell it. I am a recovering addict of self-doubt, self-pity and no encouragement of self but I’ve been through recovery and I am recovered! There are days when I almost slip but I refer back to my study materials for the dose I need to pick me up. It’ll work if you believe. Try recovery for yourself and you’ll see.

Daily Devotional – 6/3/13 “Stuck and you don’t even know it!”

My uncle spoke on this topic on yesterday and you know it stayed with me because I was trying to figure out how I can be stuck and not know it but then I started listening to him and reading. He came from Matthew 6:5-7;14 and this really got me because this particular scripture is talking about prayer and I thought again, how I can be stuck and not know it if I’m praying? So, I kept on reading and me and my Holy Spirit got excited. See, many times we are stuck in our situations because we aren’t praying right. Yea, we get all caught up in our feelings and start rambling on about this and mumbling about that but this isn’t how we should pray. We think we are supposed to be kneeled down at the altar or on the side of our bed with our hands clasped together, head bent and eyes closed but that isn’t right either. I can remember when I lived with my grandparents that every night my grandfather would get ready for bed (real early) and after coming from his bathroom he would go into their room and close the door and before he got in the bed, each night, he would kneel and say his prayers. I know I said that this isn’t right but his routine was and I’ll tell you why. Matthew 6:6 says, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” See! The word says that you don’t need an audience to pray, you don’t need a building that has been deemed “church”, you don’t need deacons nor an altar but what you need is a place to yourself. Oh, and remember when I said you get caught all up in your feelings? Yea, Matthew 6:7-8 says, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” God doesn’t need you to repeat what you’re going through, He knows; all He needs is for you to recognize the mess you’re in and then acknowledge that you need His help. He gave you exactly what to say that’ll cover everything and it’s called “The Lord’s Prayer” and it’s all you need when you seek God’s guidance. (I’ll break it down tomorrow). All I need you to get out of this devotional today is, you’re stuck in the mess you’re in and you don’t even know it because you aren’t reaching God the right way. Pray to Him and not to those nosey, messy folk around you who’s listening trying to block your blessing. Stop waiting until Sunday morning because the next minute of your life isn’t promised. Stop waiting because you think you aren’t praying right because prayer is simply having a conversation with your Father. Get you a place to pray where you won’t be bothered. You don’t need an hour because all it takes is a few minutes for you to reach the prayer line and then let God handle it.