We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! Ephesians 2:8-9
God sent His Son into this world of needy people to tell them God’s Kingdom had arrived and was ready and available for them,
Proverbs 4:1-2 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live. I’m giving you good counsel; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.
Is the advice you have been given in recovery based on facts? Everyone you meet has opinions, but are they “WALKING THE WALK?” Does their walk line-up with God’s Word? Are they consistent in every area of their lives?
We should never be to quick to accept or reject the advice given to us by others. We need to evaluate it carefully and weigh it up against the teachings of God’s Word. Not all messages come from God and the Bible warns us to ‘guard against false teachers.
Psalms 19:4-5 God made a home in the sky for the sun; it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom, like an athlete eager to run a race.
Many people have been confined to a small sunshine corner for brief times of warming when all of their lives were under a heavy cloud of darkness filled with sadness.
Let the sunshine in. Whenever you can open the windows to your soul to bathe in the beauty and love of the One True Higher Power. Sunshine that will paint a new picture on your life. Sunshine that will transform your outlook, change your horizon and bring you hope.
Today’s scripture reminds us that God found a special for the Sun in His planning and He has a special place for each of us as we travel the journey and recovery to discover His purpose for us.
Luke 24:32 Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”
There is nothing like walking daily with God. Nothing like being able to STOP at any point in any day and discuss anything with Him. Praying through difficulties, pondering all the high points and low points of our recovery journey. Asking Him for clarification on all the sign-posts. Presenting ourselves daily to Him to be used for Hs glory.
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
STEP 7: We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
You have a list of terrible charges against me. Are you making me suffer for the sins I did when I was young? Job 13:26
Some of the shortcomings we are asking God to remove are long-term bad habits. Some of them are things we introduced into our lives as safety valves for survival.
Don’t beat yourself up if it takes more time for some of your more stubborn shortcomings to be removed.
Step 7: WE HUMBLY ASKED GOD TO REMOVE OUR SHORTCOMINGS
Bible Reading: Romans 3:23-26
Tonight at B-Together Recovery we are beginning a four week series on Step 7. This week our topic is ‘Made Right by God’
Looking at Romans 3, verses 23-26 the Holy Spirit highlighted three things to me. They are:
- NONE OF US ARE SO GOOD WE DON’T NEED GOD we have all got it wrong.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT GETTING IT WRONG?
Isa 1:16 Go home and wash up. Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings so I don’t have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong.
Isa 51:7 “Listen now, you who know right from wrong, you who hold my teaching inside you: Pay no attention to insults, and when mocked don’t let it get you down.
Hos 14:9 If you want to live well, make sure you understand all of this. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll learn this inside and out. GOD’s paths get you where you want to go. Right-living people walk them easily; wrong-living people are always tripping and stumbling.
Joh 9:3 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.
- WE ARE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD THROUGH FAITH we need to put it right.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT PUTTING IT RIGHT?
Psa 15:2 Walk straight, act right, tell the truth.
Psa 19:8 The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes.
Pro 4:18 The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
Pro 20:5 Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within.
Ecc 8:6 Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part.
Luk 18:14 Jesus said, “If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”
- NONE OF US ARE SO BAD WE ARE BEYOND GOD’S REACH we need to change.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT OUR NEED TO CHANGE?
Jer 8:5 Why does this people go backwards, and just keep on going–backwards! They stubbornly hold on to their illusions, refuse to change direction.
Psa 55:19 God hears it all, and from his judge’s bench puts them in their place. But, set in their ways, they won’t change; they pay him no mind.
Joel 2:13 Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Heb 6:18 God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.
Mar 1:15 “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
This is what we are talking about and the scriptures we are using. If you want to be know more come and visit us on a Monday night at Crossway Baptist Church or join our facebook group http://tinyurl.com/zmnbxxb
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2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons I fight with are not the weapons the world uses. In fact, it is just the opposite. My weapons have the power of God to destroy the camps of the enemy.
A number of people have had significant influence on my life, my faith and my recovery. None more that Peter Miller. Pete was a ‘grumpy old man’ I worked for and with at Salvation Army Family Stores. He was my first manager in the Salvation Army, he was a recovered alcoholic I remember the first time I encountered Pete was in a chapel service at William Booth Men’s Hostel in Whitmore Square in Adelaide, where he shared his testimony. His introduction “my name is Peter and I am a recovered alcoholic.” Pete was the first person I ever heard acknowledge that the power of Jesus Christ could overcome the power of addiction.
When I left the Bridge Program in 1989 I went to work for Pete at Red Shield Industries in Mount Barker. Pete wasn’t a well man physically and I used to ask him regularly “how are you Pete?” to which he would respond “I’m coping, sometimes I cope well and sometimes not so well. With God’s help I cope.”
Things don’t always go the way we want them to or expect them to in life, sometimes it’s really hard. My challenge to everyone reading this is:
Just for today, with God’s help -COPE – you don’t have to cope well and things don’t have to workout the way you want to or expect them to all you have to do is cope. Tomorrow is another opportunity to get it right.
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
We are all born weak and helpless. All lead the same short, troubled life. We grow and wither as quickly as flowers; we disappear like shadows. Will you even look at me, God, or put me on trial and judge me? Nothing clean can ever come from anything as unclean as human beings.
God is good and fair, even though life sometimes isn’t. None of us asked to live the lives we have. Caught up in dysfunction, despair and disaster. But no matter how bad our lives have been God offers hope.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.”
Romans 5:6 says “Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway.”
I don’t know about you but that gives me hope and that’s why:
“I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope. Acts 2:26″
Romans 1:20 By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse.
From the beginning of history people have recognized the need for and existence of a Higher Power and God has reached down to them to reveal himself. Not leaving it to nature to display shadows of His existence. In the New Testament God chose to break into our world of humanity through Jesus who took on human flesh. Today for many of us the Higher Power concept remains vague and unsatisfactory.
We can live in the shadows by choice, life can be gloomy and unfulfilling. Or we can move into the sunlight of divine revelation. There is a light world created for enjoyment and endurance, for health, happiness and wholeness. We are called upon to ‘walk in the Light’ of understanding eternal purpose and enlightenment in the presence of God.
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14
Bible Reading:- Luke 9:18-23
Luke 9:20 Jesus asked, “And you–what are you saying about me? Who am I?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.”
C.S. Lewis one-time agnostic who became a Christian wrote – I am trying to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say “I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.”
Jesus claimed to be God. He did not leave any option open. His claim must be either true or false. The vital question this poses for us must be answered. (Luke 9:20) We can’t really know true recovery until we answer this question. Step 2 says I CAME TO BELIEVE IN A POWER GREATER THAN MYSELF. Without answering this question I was with one step ADMITTING I WAS POWERLESS AND MY LIFE WAS UNMANAGEABLE.
John 3:33-35 Anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth. “The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away–a lavish distribution of gifts.
Rejection of The One true Higher Power leads to RELAPSE