I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord; my life was an open wound that wouldn’t heal. When friends said, “Everything will turn out all right,” I didn’t believe a word they said.
This is God’s work. We rub our eyes–we can hardly believe it! Before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
These are truths that work and will keep you accountable. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life–no longer at sin’s every beck and call!
Psalms 77:2 ~ Psalms 118:23 ~ Proverbs 2:5 ~ Proverbs 22:21 ~ John 3:18 ~ Romans 6:6
Step Two: I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help
me to regain control of my life.
“Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
Psalm 130: With all my heart I wait for the Lord to help me. I put my hope in his word.
As we go through the process of spiritual recovery these Twelve Steps challenge us to ‘Believe the Bible’ To accept it as God’s Word and to trust if we learn it and apply it to our lives life will get better.
Before coming into recovery I knew of the Bible I had seen a couple. I had been taught some of the familiar Bible stories in Sunday school. I had seen some of the stories in movies.
My first encounter with the Bible in recovery was through a devotional book I bought
pre-becoming a Christian called ‘God’s Word’ Through that devotional I believe that God began communicating with me. It was following a relapse after eighteen months of sobriety in A.A. I believe God spoke to me for the first time. Or maybe it’s just the first time I heard Him.
- Have you ever heard God speak to you?
- Did you listen and obey?
- OUR COMMITMENT MUST BE COMPLETE
Matthew 8:22 Jesus said to him, “Follow Me and let the dead bury their own dead.”
- OUR COMMITMENT MUST BE CONSISTENT
Joshua 24:15 If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
- LIFE COMMITMENTS SHOULD LAST A LIFETIME
Psalms 37:5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust Him, and He will help you.
As we commit our wills and lives to God, we can expect to face obstacles, but we can expect to overcome them with God’s help.
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.
James 3:13 NLT