2 Peter 2:20 If, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.

logo_transparent_bgPsychologist Abe Marlowe says we all have five basic needs:

  • Physical
  • Safety
  • Belonging
  • Esteem
  • Self-actualization

The last mentioned warrants our brief attention. God has endowed us each with personal abilities, which can be used for good. Employing ourselves usefully

will benefit us and our families, but we have obligations to our society at large. Selfishness blocks the overflow of goodwill and chokes our motivation towards others. We cannot function successfully if we are introverts. Self-actualization depends greatly on an acceptance of God’s plan for our lives and a willingness to learn how to bring ourselves under His management. Only when we are in a controlled relationship with god will we be at peace within and able to find fulfillment. Life with a capital ‘L’ is attainable but it has two arms. One longingly reaching up to God and the other feelingly moving out to everyone else.

Many of us, having achieved recovery fall back into our old ways. We must not yield to going backward. We cannot afford to be manipulated by the past. Part of the self-actualization process is resisting temptation. God has chosen us to be winners and this makes us Satan’s target in attempts to rebuff God and defeat Him and His purpose for our lives. As we aspire to achieve the best God has for us we need to count on Him through victory.

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