Destructive Pride

Bible Reading: Acts 8:9-23

We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.

For many of us, personal power is used as the foundation for our self-esteem. We become used to getting things our way, through whatever influences we have at our disposal (money, power, sex, love, etc.). It can be very unsettling to arrive at a place in life where we can’t buy the power we need. For those of us who use power to bolster our self-esteem, admitting powerlessness will require a foundational change.

“A man named Simon had been a sorcerer. . . . Everyone, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as ‘the Great One—the Power of God.’ . . . Then Simon himself believed [that Jesus was the Messiah]. . . . When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power. . . . But Peter replied, ‘May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God’s gift can be bought! You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God. Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts, for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin’” (Acts 8:9-10, 13, 18-23).

Simon realized he was powerless in this situation. He admitted his pride and powerlessness and was able to change. We need to be aware of how pride can hinder us. We can’t buy our way out of addiction. No matter how “powerful” we are in worldly terms, our recovery will come by working a program, day by day.

~ Our recovery can only begin as we “give up” our efforts and our pride. ~

#14-Permitted doesn’t always mean good

1 Corinthians 6:12 Some of you say, “Everything is permitted for me.” But not everything is good for me. Again some of you say, “Everything is permitted for me.” But I will not be controlled by anything.

 I started drinking at the age of fifteen. I became legally old enough to drink at eighteen. When I turned eighteen people said, “He’s old enough let him drink.”

 Because of my addictive personality, mood-altering drugs were not good for me, at any age. Yet once I was legal the world was happy for me to live my life as a drunk.

  • At what age did your addiction first appear in your life?
  • How do those close to you respond to you being in recovery?

 

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We Have to Make Better Choices

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way. —Viktor Frankl

 

Choose how you will live.  I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by Your regulations. Psalms 119:30

Choose what you will get involved in. Take away my foolish desires, and let me find life by walking with you. Psalms 119:37

Choose to accept what God is doing for you. You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Proverbs 14:12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
or there is a path that leads to life and it starts with recovery.

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