As we wind down the “Christmas Festivities’ for 2018 and begin preparing for the ‘New Year’ I am reminded today ‘Recovery is a choice’ Jesus came into the world with one purpose “to save sinners’ but is’not automatic. It requires character building work and it requires ‘Making a Choice’ Jesus didn’t come to force us to live God’s Way. He didn’t come to guarantee us afree ride to heaven.
The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9 We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. Many of us over the life of our addictions and compusions have made choices in the past to change our lives. Made plans to live differently and failed. We need to understand by ourselves we can change nothng. We need to get into close, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. We need to learn to listen to Him, learn from Him and apply what we learn on a daily basis to our lives, in every area of our lives if we want to truly ‘change’ 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “We look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!” Recovery requires us to take a long hard look inside ourselves and make a choice to remove the the things that are causing us to live the way we are living.
1 Corinthians 1:27-28 says “Its obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies” That’s ‘Good News’ for all of us because it means God can and will use each of us in the process of recovery.
Psalm 16:5 says “My choice is you, God, first and only.” As I prepare for 2019 that’s my choice. What’s yours?