Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. Alcoholics Anonymous pg 60
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT
Father God, I thank you for this day! Thank you for helping to overcome all the obstacles that are in my life today. I thank you for reminding me that all things are possible with you and that everything I can see is subject to change. I pray Father God for the strength to persevere and the courage to not be discouraged and quit knowing that my victory is waiting for me as long as I follow you. In Jesus Name, Amen!
John 15:1-2 NLT
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
Jesus is the vine. We are nourished and given life through Him. God is the gardener that prunes the vine. When you grow tomatoes you have to break off certain shoots so that the plant will be sturdy. If there are too many buds on the vine then all the tomatoes will be small but if you trim some of the buds back then the tomatoes will be big and strong because the vine will be nourishing only the buds that are left. The buds that are broken off and fall to the ground are worthless apart from the vine. They will not produce tomatoes. Pruning the tomato buds off the vine actually make the vine stronger and able to produce better fruit.
That’s how it is with God. Sometimes we can have so many vines out there that we aren’t really producing much fruit for the Lord. It may seem like we are doing a lot of good works but nothing is really producing. I have a crepe myrtle tree in my front yard and it really looks lanky. It has limbs protruding everywhere but when the time to bud comes it looks really bare and not very pretty. Sometimes that’s how are lives can be and we need to allow God to prune us so that instead of having many unmanageable limbs we will be bearing more fruit.
God is a good and everything that comes from Him is good, He does not put sickness or tragedy on us to prune us. Have you ever been in a place where it seems like doors are shutting and everything your doing is not working? Pruning.. We need to get the distractions broken off so that our real roots and purpose in life can get watered and nourished by the vine. Things that we are trying to do in our own strength will not be nourished by the vine because we are severed from him like the broken off tomato buds. Jesus is the vine and we must stay connected to him or it won’t work out very well.
I pray Father God that you would help me to let go of the extra things in my life that are drawing my attention away from you. Help me to remember that you are the vine and I draw my nourishment from you and not from this world. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. BB pg 60
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 NLT
Father God I thank you for this wonderful program of action that you have laid out for me. I pray Father that I would keep a willingness to continue grow in my knowledge of you and your plans for me. Help me to not get tired in doing the next right thing but grant me your grace and strength to push through knowing that I will reap as long as I don’t quit. In Jesus Name, Amen.
We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs. Alcoholics Anonymous pg 19
In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. Philippians 2:14-15 NLT
Lord, I thank you for my life and my sobriety that you have given to me. I pray Father that you would help me to demonstrate the principles I have learned in my life today. Help me to not be an arguer or complainer but to speak words that encourage others. I pray that my actions and words would be a blessing to those around me and that they will see your glory working through me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. “Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?” As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.
Alcoholics Anonymous pg 47
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
Romans 10:9-10 NLT
Father I thank you for my salvation. I thank you Lord for knowing that you are making a place for me in heaven. I thank you that my feet are now standing on the solid rock of your Son, Jesus. I pray Father that you would give me strength to overcome any obstacle that would come my way today knowing that I am now building my life on solid ground. In Jesus Name, Amen.