We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify
us from all unrighteousness.
In Romans 7:15 Paul says “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
Paul recognized that in his own strength he was incapable of changing his bad habits and in the case of recovery from self did not even know why he did what he did. He knew the difference between right and wrong. He wanted to do what was right but without help outside of himself, it was impossible.
1 John 2:15 says “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.” The world and all it offers entices us to live according to our selfish desires. There are millions of dollars worth of ads all around us pointing us in that direction.
Giving up things we enjoy is more difficult than giving up things we don’t like so much. But the joy that comes from quitting that which is not good for us is more rewarding than giving up that which pleases us.
Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. It is easier to change our bad habits if we have something tangible and good to change them too. In the Bible, there is a lot said about changing our bad habits, about what to change them too, and a God-directed process. Hebrews 10:24-25 says “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” Recovery meetings are an important part of the process of habit changing. If you are not in one can I encourage you today to find on and attend until the miracle happens. A lot of people in my experience give recovery meetings a GO. Can I suggest today they need more than a go. Recovery is a life-changing process that takes both time and support and the best place I know to find it is with like-minded people, going through the same things as we are. There is a saying in Alcoholics Anonymous that says ‘IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT!’
Recovery is not just about attendance at meetings you need to get involved, you need to learn to rely on God, and you need to apply whatever He tells you to.