Proverbs 14:14 Those who aren’t faithful will be paid back for what they’ve done.
If you want to be forgiven, you have to forgive.
Step four is the beginning of the process of forgiveness. Identifying the wrong things, you have done and how they have affected others.
In the process of completing step four, I had a very good support person. Whom I would go to periodically with my list and talk about it openly and honestly. That person had my permission to comment on and criticise my list if they felt it warranted.
None of us, in my opinion, should complete the fourth step without a trusted support person in whom to confide and share.
- Do you have a trusted support person to confide and share with?
Whatever it may cost Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward–to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:13-14
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off– and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave with a rich man, Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true. Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it–life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him. Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins. Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly– the best of everything, the highest honors– Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep. Isaiah 53:6-12
Whenever we suffer from doing what is right in God’s name through His will He will use it to minister to others and will make things right either in this life or the next.
By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:5-6 MSG
In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. Whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
Acts 10:35 ~ Romans 14:18 ~ 2 Corinthians 5:9 ~ 1 Timothy 2:3-4
Hebrews 10:26 If we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.
Changes in our behavior mean little without faith. Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Genesis 15:6
People say all the time “I have changed!” What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14
Believing God’s Word will lead to changed behavior. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the people to get moving! Exodus 14:15
Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
Have you ever sat in a recovery meeting (or somewhere else) and thought to yourself, “this is boring, wish I was somewhere else.”
There is a verse in the Bible that says “As I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless–like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.” Ecclesiastes 2:11
Boredom is a result of self-centeredness. The next time you think ‘this is boring’ think of the ‘Big Picture’ Why are you in recovery? Is your goal just to stop using? or is it to change your life and be a better you?
Boredom is a result of having the wrong priorities. Our heart gets restless and bored if our focus is on the wrong priorities. Sometimes boredom is good prompter to highlight to us we need to set different priorities than we already have.
Galatians 3:5 Asks the question “Does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you?” An interesting question that raises another question. “If recovery meetings helped your spiritual growth in the past, what has changed now to bore you?”
1 Peter 5:8 Control yourselves. Be on your guard. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to chew up and swallow.
There is safety in numbers.
Growing up I was not a very sociable person. Not because I didn’t want to be but because I really never learned growing up how to belong. My parents tried encouraging me to join clubs and events to get me to mix with others but I never really fitted in.
Recovery rescued me. I attended meetings and groups where there were people just like me. People who understood my struggles. Who were patient enough to give me time to discover who I was. Who encouraged me to discover my gifts and abilities and put them to good use.
- What are your gifts and abilities?
- How are you using them to help others?
Prayer: God today show me the real me and use me for Your Glory.
Acts 4:13 They couldn’t take their eyes off them–Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education. They recognized them as companions of Jesus,