- SELF-CENTREDNESS CAN LEAD TO HOPELESSNESS
Psalms 100:3 Know this: God is God, and He made us; we didn’t make Him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. God made us we didn’t make Him, nor did we make ourselves. Many people think they are the creator and center of their recovery. This leads to greed, self-centeredness. And, it also means if you take away their things they will lose hope.
When we realize that God created us and gave us everything we have, including recovery we will become less self-centered and more others-centered.
- SELF-CENTREDNESS IS A SIN THAT REQUIRES REPENTANCE
Matthew 3:1-2 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Repent. God’s kingdom is near.” Repentance means doing an about-face. Turning from the kind of self-centeredness that leads to wrong attitudes and actions. A person who repents stops rejecting and rebelling against God and begins following His way of living as outlined in His Word. The first step of turning to God is “admitting that our life is a mess and we are out of control.”
- SELF-CENTREDNESS IS A CHARACTERISTIC OF OUR SINFUL NATURE
Romans 13:14 Take up the weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desires. If you truly believe ‘Jesus Christ is the One True Higher Power’ you must be willing to obey His leading in your life. You must understand your abilities, time and everything else in your life aren’t yours anymore – you are just the caretaker. Ignoring God, squandering and abusing what He has given you is rebellious and will lead to relapse.