We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.
At Living Life Recovery this week we are looking at the topic of Peace at Connect Christian Church, Hastings. This is week three of our four-week advent series. In our acrostic this week we are discussing:
- Praising God for everything.
- Experiencing all that God has to offer us.
- Accepting God’s will for our lives.
- Committing every area of our lives to God.
- Expecting God to help us because He promises He will.
Proverbs 16:9 tells us we plan the way we want to live. Step Three says “I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.” Changing the way we live through the recovery process is a conscious decision that requires commitment. The second half of the verse tells us it is only through commitment to a personal daily relationship with God, praying to Him, Reading the Word and applying it He makes us able to change our lives.
Recovery requires commitment to the change process. Step Seven says “Through acknowledgement of God’s supreme power, I humbly ask Him to help me change my sinful habits and attitudes.” Commitment to the change process requires humility and acknowledgement of our own inability to change on our own. Pastor Rick Warren says “If you could change on your own you would have already done it.”
As we come to the close of another year each of us to to examine the year past and plan for the year ahead. Each of us needs to recommit to the change process and in humility accept that I “God is God and I am not.” Each of us needs to strategies now on what we want 2018 to look like t this time next year.