STEP TWO I believe God exists, that He cares about me and
He can help me to regain control of my life.
As we enter this season of CHRISTmas remembering 1 Timothy 1:15 whis says “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” We need to understand what Jesus has come to save us from.
Over my 30+ years in the recovery process I have had the pleasure of being involved in many different recovery fellowships and I love them all. ‘When people share their experience, strength and hope, openly and honestly with each others lives get changed.’ I especially love the acrostic teachings of ‘Celebrate Recovery‘
Looking at the quote above I heard from Jack Graham on ACCTV led me back to ‘Celebrate Recovery’ Lesson 7: Moral and our need to take inventory on the significant events – good and bad – in our lives. If ‘Sin is Moral Insanity’ and Jesus came to ‘Save Sinners’ then we need to examine our lives morally.
Moral according to the dictionary means “the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong.”
‘Celebrate Recovery’ Lesson 7 says we need to honestly look at our conduct good – bad and indifferent and in the process of recovery look at how to put right our conduct with God’s help.
Job 33:33 “Listen to me. Keep silence and I will teach you wisdom!”
Taking moral inventory requires time getting alone with God and with yourself and taking an honest look at your conduct, behaviour, attitudes and actions.
Job 7:11 “Let me express my anguish. Let me be free to speak out of the bitterness of my soul.”
Moral inventory requires looking at our feelings. resentments, fears, self-pity and dishonesty openly and honestly and becoming willing to do what we need to do with God’s help deal with our guilt and get intouch with our true feelings.
Psalms 31:23-24 “Love the Lord, all of you who are his people; for the Lord protects those who are loyal to him, but harshly punishes all who haughtily reject him. So cheer up! Take courage if you are depending on the Lord.”
Moral inventory requires putting our faith in Jesus to give us the strength to face the truth about our character and not get discouraged with what we discover as we are on a journey of ‘Character Change’
Proverbs 20:27 The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves.
Moral inventory requires stepping out of ‘DENIAL’ listening to our consience and accepting reponsibility for our bad conduct truthfully.
Lamentations 3:40 Let us examine our ways and test them.
Completing ‘Moral Inventory’ is an important part of the recovery process. As we go through the process we need to remember step two “I believe God exists, that He cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.” We are not in this on our own we have a God who cares about us and will help us in the process of regaining control of our lives.