Put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him. Colossians 3:5-10
Day: 15 June 2019
Luke 5:31 Jesus said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a doctor. Sick people do.”
The Word of God provides us with a pattern for physical, spiritual and moral living.
Sometimes God will ask us to do things we don’t understand. My advice is to obey them.
Jesus Christ came to this word with one purpose – to save sinners. He lived on this earth for 33 years training for it.
Obeying God is in our best interest
For the next three years, Bill Wilson pursued his recovery through the Oxford Group, which emphasized the following:
1. Complete deflation (of false pride)
2. Dependence on and guidance from God
3. Moral inventory
4. Confession Restitution
5. Continued work with other suffering persons
This week at ‘Celebrate Recovery’ we looked at ‘Step Four’ and what it means to take a ‘MORAL INVENTORY’
John 2:9 says “Suppose someone claims to be in the light but hates his brother or sister. Then he is still in the darkness.”
Not everyone you meet on the journey of recovery is on the right path. In the Bible hatred and love as moral qualities are not primary emotions. They are attitudes expressed by our actions. In recovery knowing who’s on the right path is expressed in how they live, not what they say.
Recovery means more than just knowing the process. It means putting the process into daily living.
1 Thessalonians 4:7 God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful– as beautiful on the inside as the outside.
When we fail to meet God’s standards we need to confess our mistakes. In step six we commit to allowing God to change us. He can’t if we don’t allow it or if we aren’t willing to do our part in the change process.
To make mistakes is normal. To keep making the same mistakes is insanity.
One of my favorite statements Is a statement from Joyce Meyer who says “I may not be where I should but thank God I am not where I used to be.”
Recovery is a continual process of change that takes time to achieve. Even the small est step forward is a positive step in the process.
What Can you do today with God’s help to help you move forward?
Prayer: God help me today to move forward. Even if it is only a little way to help me progress in the process of recovery.