Titus 2:11-15 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honouring life. This new life is starting right now and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Tell them all this. Build up their courage, and discipline them if they get out of line. You’re in charge. Don’t let anyone put you down.
You can’t get forgiveness from God, without also forgiving others. Total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in Jesus name. God put the world square with himself through the Jesus, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out.
Prayer: Lord help me today to forgive those who have harmed me and to share Your Love and Grace with them.
LET GOD CHANGE YOU
1 Thessalonians 4:7 God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful– as beautiful on the inside as the outside.
When we fail to meet God’s standards we need to confess our mistakes. In step six we commit to allowing God to change us. He can’t if we don’t allow it or if we aren’t willing to do our part in the change process.
To make mistakes is normal. To keep making the same mistakes is insanity.
One of my favourite statements Is a statement from Joyce Meyer who says “I am not where I should but thank God I am not where I used to be.”
Recovery is a continual process of change that takes time to achieve. Even the smallest step forward is a positive step in the process.
– What Can I do today with God’s help to move forward?
Prayer: God help me today to move forward. Even if it is only a little way help me progress in the process of recovery.
BREAKING OLD HABITS
Colossians 3:8 You know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
Backsliding is common in the process of recovery. I am not talking about relapse but of falling back into your old ways.
Most backsliding in my experience is caused by selfishness. Wanting things to be back the way they used to be because you understood them better then.
Recovery is a continual process of self- discipline.
Prior to coming into recovery, I had a good excuse. I didn’t know any better. Now I do and I need to keep a close eye on what I do and say at all times.
– What bad habits are you still struggling with?
Prayer: Lord help me today to start working on the things I am hanging on to.
Psalms 138:8 THE LORD WILL WORK OUT HIS PLANS FOR MY LIFE.
Through the process of recovery, the Lord has saved me by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Giver of life and holiness.
Knowledge of the power of the Holy Spirit in my life comforts me on a daily basis. Makes me want to know Him more and to know His will for my life. Because of the power of the Holy Spirit in my life, I know my life is a result of His interaction. He loves and supports me in all that I do and encourages me to do more.
I hear people in recovery all the time saying “If only I’d got it sooner.” Wrong response in my opinion. The correct response for me is “Thank You, Lord, I got it when I did.”
Prayer: Thank You God for waiting patiently for me to open my mind and my heart to You and for the things You have done that make me who I am today.
Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have–right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start–comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
A NEW CREATION
2 Corinthians 5:17 Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old has gone! The new has come!
One of my favourite Bible verses. This in my recovery saved my life.
I never believed when it came to step six change in my character was possible. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a creature of habit. Always have been, always will be. I don’t adapt well to change. And, I always prefer to be in control.
This one verse gave me new hope in my life. Hope that if I trusted God and did what He told me to do I never needed to be the person I was in the past again.
I want to tell you, in my recovery journey I experienced so much change. In me, in my circumstances and in my life. Changes that without God’s interaction would have led me straight to relapse.
Today I am a different person because I believed what the Bible says about change.
Prayer: God help me today to accept change and run with it.
STEP 2: I believe God exists, that He cares about me and He can
help me to regain control of my life.
“That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
Step Two Handout
BE AN EXAMPLE
Romans 6:11 In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead as far as sin is concerned. Now that you believe in Christ Jesus, consider yourselves to be alive as far as God is concerned.
Recovery changes us and we need to live lives that demonstrate we believe that. We should not be ashamed to show others the changes God has made in us. We should not be embarrassed about making different choices of acting differently than we used to.
If we are in recovery and act like we have always acted why would anyone want what we have?
Through the process of recovery, we are reborn into a new way of living. A way that is available to anyone who wants to pursue it and we have a responsibility to introduce them to it.
– When did you last share your experience, strength and hope with others?.
Prayer: Lord, use me today to encourage those in my sphere of influence.
Here is last week’s handout from Living Life Recovery in Victoria Australia.
Step One – Handout