THROUGH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GOD’S SUPREME POWER, I HUMBLY ASK HIM TO HELP ME CHANGE MY SINFUL HABITS AND ATTITUDES.
IF WE ADMIT OUR SINS–MAKE A CLEAN BREAST OF THEM–HE WON’T LET US DOWN; HE’LL BE TRUE TO HIMSELF. HE’LL FORGIVE OUR SINS AND PURGE US OF ALL WRONGDOING. 1 JOHN 1:9
CHANGE OF IDENTITY
GOD SPOKE TO MOSES, “SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL. TELL THEM: I AM GOD, YOUR GOD. DON’T LIVE LIKE THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT WHERE YOU USED TO LIVE, AND DON’T LIVE LIKE THE PEOPLE OF CANAAN WHERE I’M BRINGING YOU. DON’T DO WHAT THEY DO. OBEY MY LAWS AND LIVE BY MY DECREES. I AM YOUR GOD. LEVITICUS 18:1-4
WE LOOK INSIDE, AND WHAT WE SEE IS THAT ANYONE UNITED WITH THE MESSIAH GETS A FRESH START, IS CREATED NEW. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE BURGEONS! LOOK AT IT!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
LIVING LIFE RECOVERY REFLECTION
Are You AVAILABLE?
1 Corinthians 15:10 Because of God’s grace, that is what I am. And his grace that he gave me was not wasted. I worked harder than all the other apostles. (But I was not really the one working. It was God’s grace that was with me.)
I am what I am because of what He made me. Over the life of my recovery journey I have had many opportunities I would have never received if not for the Grace of God. Some of the things I have done at the time I did not understand or see the logic in them, but I did them anyway. I did them because in 1989 I gave God control of my life. I believe I am what I am today because of Him. One of the keys to becoming what God wants is availability.
- Are you available and willing to let God do what He wants in and through your life?
I. Leviticus 18:1-2 God spoke to Moses, “Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them: I am God, your God.”
Recovery is not a private event. It takes place within relationships and it’s meant to be shared. When we share our recovery experience with other people we can encourage them to do something about their problems and issues. Recovery is available to everyone who is willing to accept they cannot fix their problems by themselves. The message of recovery and changed life through relationship with Jesus Christ is a message worth sharing with everyone you know who needs change in their lives.
II. Leviticus 18:3 Don’t live like the people of Egypt where you used to live, and don’t live like the people of Canaan where I’m bringing you. Don’t do what they do.
When we try to live like we did in the past we are at risk of going returning to our old, sinful habits. When we try to live like other people we are on jeopardy of learning and following their sinful habits. The right way to live in recovery is staying focused on how God is teaching us to live. God-focus leads to spiritual growth.
III. Leviticus 18:4 Obey my laws and live by my decrees. I am your God.
Recovery requires self-discipline. Self-discipline does not mean ignoring God’s disciplines in your life. To become the people God is calling us to be we need to stay in good spiritual and emotional condition.
When we turn our lives over to God, we experience the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives. He changes us and gives us what we need to change our sinful habits and attitudes and replace them with Godly habits and attitudes.
Philippians 2:5-9 Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death–and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion. Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honoured him far beyond anyone or anything, ever.
Jesus is our model. We need to pattern our thoughts, attitudes and actions on Him. If we follow Jesus in humility learning to accept and admit the things in our lives that are preventing us being all God is calling us to be, without hesitation nothing will be able to stop us in the process of recovery.