I. Listening to God is the first step in obeying Him.
Moses called all Israel together. He said to them, Attention, Israel. Listen obediently to the rules and regulations I am delivering to your listening ears today. Learn them. Live them. Deuteronomy 5:1
II. Listening to God is training in humility.
After the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” 1 Kings 19:12-13
III. Spiritual listening allows us to learn from others.
Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. James 1:19-20
IV. Spiritual listening is always followed up by action.
It is important to listen to what God’s Word says, but it’s much more important to obey it and do what it says. Are you putting into action what you have learned in recovery?
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LISTEN, FOR THEY SHALL LEARN
Psalm 46:1 God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble
Prior to accepting Jesus Christ as my Higher Power, I had periods of sobriety. Periods where I abstained from drinking and using mood-altering drugs. But they weren’t recovery because I never changed. My attitudes never changed, my beliefs never changed, and my behaviours never changed.
A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is required if you want to achieve lasting, growing life recovery.
- Are you willing to accept Jesus as your Higher Power?
- Will you accept Him now?
Prayer: Jesus I accept You now as my Higher Power and ask You to walk with me through the rest of my life.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent. Revelation 2:5
Jesus called men to repentance. No retreat of that command has ever been issued. Any effort to avoid that requirement has proved futile. From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 We cannot bypass it, we dare not dilute it, we must not dismiss it. It has to be an action word for us for the term of our natural lives.
Repentance is a pre-requisite to continued spiritual growth. It is the first thing to do when convicted by the Holy Spirit. It is the one thing required of us before God takes over in reclaiming our sin-ruined lives. Pleading for pardon can only be effective id SIN is realised in our lives and readily recognised as repulsive. Repentance precedes forgiveness!
Repentance is not a once-in-a-lifetime exercise. It needs to be practiced on a daily basis. Step Ten says “Now that I am in the process of change, I will check myself daily to make sure I am not slipping back into my old ways and if I am, I will take steps to rectify it.” God has provided this means of grace and we can never cease in the process of repentance. (we will never stop making mistakes)
Sin is the failure to live up to God’s standards of living in our day-to-day lives. It is backing away from God’s will and disregarding His live and truth. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, Romans 3:23
Repentance is the message of recall when we choose to say ‘No’ to God. It is the word of encouragement to recapture when we make a mistake and get it wrong.
ThankYou Jesus, that I can come to You in prayer for help when I get it wrong. Save me from my sin, and keep me from repetitive failure and error.