Step Eleven:- 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.
Bible Reading: Matthew 7:13-23
Focus Verse: Matthew 7:15 (Msg) “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character.”
In the process of recovery, we are going to come across people who seem like they are in recovery. They will make all the right noises and present in all the right ways. It is important when we engage others in recovery that we include them in our prayers. That we talk to God about them and listen to what He has to say about them.
This passage of scripture warns us about three things in the process of recovery:
- “Don’t look for shortcuts to God.” vs 17
Our stories disclose in a general way what we used
to be like, what happened, and what we are like now.
If you have decided you want what we have and are
willing to go to any length to get it–then you are
ready to take certain steps.
At some of these we balked. thought we could
find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With
all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to
be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of
us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result
was nil until we let go absolutely. (Alcoholics Anonymous) – There are no shortcuts
- “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot” v 15
In the process of recovery we need to establish good support relationships with people who will “never exploit our emotions or pocketbook.” – Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character.
- “Know the correct password.” v21
The correct password to successful spiritual growth is “serious obedience – doing what God wills.”
– We can talk a good game.
– We can act in ways that impress others.
– We can sponsor others and projects that make us look good.
The reality is there is One Way to successful spiritual growth. That is personal relationship with Jesus Christ and serious obedience to God’s will through His Word.