Leviticus 5:5 “When you are guilty, immediately confess the sin that you’ve committed.”
As soon as God, by his Spirit, convinces our consciences of any sin or duty, we must take action on it with conviction and not allow the shame of our past mistakes to hold us back from growing spiritually.
I heard a message of the Australian Christian Channel this week. Can’t remember who was speaking but what they said was “We as Christians have moved away from the act of confessing to each other.” And, we justify it by saying – “I’ve talked to God about it” or “It’s between me and God.”
This week at Living Life Recovery we are looking at Step Five and the importance of confessing our sins to each other. James 5:16 is a great verse for showing us the importance of this step in the recovery process “So you can live together whole and healed.”
Step five is about dropping our masks and being open and honest with someone we trust. Join us at 7:30 pm in Hastings if you can …..
John 12:44-46 Jesus summed it all up when he cried out, “Whoever believes in me, believes not just in me but in the One who sent me. Whoever looks at me is looking, in fact, at the One who sent me. I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark.
People say all the time “I believe in God” I did, all my life. But the truth has I never worshipped Him as my God, never seen Him as my One True Higher Power. I the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous it says “we thought we could find an easier, softer way.” For many of us that is avoiding the reality of God (the God of the Bible)
Through experience, I tell you there is only one God and His name is Jesus Christ. Failing to accept Him, believe in Him and commit to Him will stunt your spiritual growth in the recovery process.
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! So trust him absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for him. God is a safe place to be.
Spiritual birth makes us a child of God. Have you asked God to make you a new person? To help you to put away the things in your past that are stopping you from growing up spiritually.
Childlike trust is essential to successful spiritual recovery. None of us are unworthy of time spent alone in the presence God. He welcomes us all and desires the best for us all.
We will know the Truth and it will set us free. If we are willing to put in the work, follow Jesus wherever He leads us and do whatever it is He is asking us to do.
Prayer: Lord today help me to faithfully follow You where ever Yo may lead me and do whatever You ask me to do.
Too often we wait! Wait to do what we believe God wants us to do until we have the resources to do it. If we profess faith and say we believe what God’s Word says God wants us to step up, step out trusting Him. Spiritual Growth comes with challenges. Our part in the process is in letting God be God to do what He does while we do what we can with what we have,
While there is life there is hope. Instead of complaining that things are bad, we should encourage ourselves with the hope that things can get better. Our duty is to search our own character for what separates us from God. To turn to God for His help to become the people He is calling us to be through a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and the process of recovery.
Join us on Monday for Step Four of Living Life Recovery
Psalms 139:15-16 You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
God has our best interests at heart. Even when we don’t understand when we can’t see what is going on. He has a plan prepared for us. All we have to do is put our faith in Him and trust everything will work out fine if we just Him lead.