It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God. Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself!1 Peter 1:21-23
God’s love and forgiveness frees us to take our eyes off ourselves and to meet others’ needs. By sacrificing His life, Christ showed that He truly loves us. We can love others by following His example
In what ares of your life are you following Christ’s example?
I AM MAKING A DECISION TO LET GOD HELP ME CHANGE AND COMMIT TO WORKING WITH HIM TO DO SO
Keep your word even when it costs you. God changes the seasons and guides history, He raises up kings and also brings them down, he provides both intelligence and discernment. He says “I am God–yes, I haven’t changed.” All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. God will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.Psalms 15:4 ~ Daniel 2:21 ~ Malachi 3:6 ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 ~ Philippians 3:21
I AM MAKING A DECISION TO LET GOD HELP ME CHANGE AND COMMIT TO WORKING WITH HIM TO DO SO.
I. When you are committed to following God, he will lead you to discover his will for your life, the satisfying and fulfilling purpose for which he created you: Psalm 25:10When we obey him, every path he guides us on is fragrant with his loving-kindness and his truth.
II. When you are committed to God, he is committed to watching out for you and caring for you: Psalms 31:3You [God] are my Rock and my fortress; honor your name by leading me out of this peril.
A promise from God:If we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as we did when we first became Christians, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Hebrews 3:14
Throughout the month we are going to look a three specific aspects of step three.
DECISIONS “It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.” – Shauna Niequist
CHANGE “The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” – Bill Clinton
COMMITMENT “Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.” –Marica Wieder
We have admitted our life is a mess and out of control. Accepted that God cares about us, that He is willing and able to help us regain control of our lives. It is now time to start putting the steps into practice, placing our faith in God and committing to the process of change with His Help.
Psalm 121:1 I look up to the mountains. Where does my help come from?
Bible based recovery is not for everyone. God in His wisdom communicates His message to us in many different ways.
For me it began with rehab. Not Bible based, A.A. based. After which I relapsed. My second attempt was a farm rehab run by The Salvation Army. In the first group meeting I attended the were discussing Step Eleven “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God. Praying only for knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry it out.”
On that day my life changed! As I realised my failure to include God in the process of my recovery.
John 3:36 “Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life. Anyone who does not believe in the Son will not have life. God’s anger remains on them.”
God’s opposition to evil is permanent. So is His love for us. When we don’t believe in God and Jesus as His Son we cannot understand the peace and power that come from knowing Him and living with Him as our One True Higher Power.
Life changes when you believe in God and understand He loves you, no matter what you do, think or say. He loves you not because of who you are or have done but because of Jesus and what He has done for us.
I spent many years on my own trying to change Archie. Always failing because I tried to do it according to my faith or lack of faith in myself. When I accepted that God is God and I am not I learned to let Him be God, my God
Do you believe in Jesus?
Do you believe He is God’s Son?
Know where you are headed, and you will stay on solid ground. Don’t make a mistake by turning to the right or the left.Proverbs 4:26-27
You cannot be the slave of two masters! You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than the other. You cannot serve both God and money.Matthew 6:24
Christ has set us free! This means we are really free. Now hold on to your freedom and don’t ever become slaves again. Galatians 5:1
Acts 16:31 “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live–and everyone in your house included!”
Over the life of my recovery I have watched members of my immediate family change because of the changes they have seen in me. Do they profess to be Christian? I don’t know. They are all believers. The same as I was before I came into recovery.
The one thing I am sure of God is working in each of them and He has changed them whether they acknowledge Him or not.
The other thing I know is because of my decision to change and its effect on my children. My kids are not into the things I was growing up.
Recovery changes our lives and it also changes the lives of those in our sphere of influence.
Have you noticed changes in others because of your recovery?
Keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Acts 27:25
One of the primary purposes of the recovery process is to testify to those who haven’t heard about the power of change lives. The goal being to help them become believers, and to teach them God’s truth. God has commanded us not to lie or be involved in deception. The Bible makes it clear that lying and deception is a sins. I heard a saying a number of years ago that says “If you talk about what you know you will know what you are talking about.” We all know our own experience, strength and hope. That is what we are encouraged to truthfully share with others because we believe it is God who helped us change.
Recovery is possible if you believe! When we accept that we need God’s help an believe that He cares about us we regain confidence in our ability to live right. When we regain confidence we are encouraged to take the action we need to take to improve.
Words are not enough! We now need to be prepared live like people who believe ‘With God all things are possible.’
I believe God exists, that He cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.
Believing God exists increases our desire to live right (Genesis 15:6) Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.A
Belief God exists should be accompanied by action (Deuteronomy 27:10) “You must obey the Lord your God by keeping all these commands and decrees that I am giving you today.”
Belief God exists affects the way we think about recovery (Mark 1:15) “The time promised by God has come at last!” He announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
Right beliefs are important for both salvation and recovery (Romans 10:9) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Believing God exists affects how we see and treat others (James 2:2) Suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.
This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.‘ Matthew 22:38
How often do we waste our time worrying about ‘Things we cannot change’ instead of getting on with the job of ‘changing the things we can?’ This scripture prompts us to ‘stop worrying our prayers’ and turn to God for help because ‘He loves to help’ #Change#Worry#Help
His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: Change your life. God’s kingdom is here. You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Bad work gets paid with a bad check; good work gets solid pay. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of competing or fighting. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. #Develop#Discover#Change#Work
Do you feel that you could never come close to God because you have done something terrible?
God can and will forgive you for any sin. While God forgives us, however, He does not always erase the natural consequences of our sin. Recovery requires changes in our character. Changes we need to put ACTION into.