Step Two: I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.
Mark 1:15 “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
Belief in God affects the way you live. If it doesn’t then it’s time to change something.
Believing in God changes your heart. Psalms 51:10 says God, create a pure heart in me. Give me a new spirit that is faithful to you. We are born sinners, our natural inclinations in life are to please ourselves and ignore God. In recovery we need to pay attention to Psalms 51:7 that says “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” We need to ask God to cleanse our hearts from within, to fill our hearts with new thoughts and new desires. Positive life change can only come through cleansing of our hearts and spirits. If you haven’t yet right now stop reading, close your eyes and ask God to create a pure heart and spirit in you.
Believing in God helps us to change. Romans 8:9 says “Your sinful nature does not control you. The Holy Spirit controls you. The Spirit of God lives in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ.” Have you ever thought to yourself “I hope I make it? I hope I am really in the process of change?” I have. When you truly believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He died for your sin you will know that the Holy Spirit has entered your life, you will feel Him and your life will never be the same again.
Believing in God includes but is not limited to our actions. We can all make the right moves, say that right things and mx in the right circles. Belief in God requires obedience to following Him wherever He leads you, whenever He leads you and that can be uncomfortable.Deuteronomy 27:10 says “You must obey the Lord your God by keeping all these commands and decrees that I am giving you today.” Recovery requires complete commitment to trusting God and following Him in every area of your life.
Step 2 says “I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.”
– GOD LOVES YOU AND WANTS TO HELP YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE
TRUST HIM TODAY AND LET HIM HELP –
I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can
help me to regain control of my life.
“God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” Philippians 2:13
Belief in God, the Bible and Jesus Christ has always existed in my life. I attended The Salvation Army Sunday School as a child at the Paisley Corps. I belonged to The Boys Brigade in Pailsley where we learned about God how He cares for us.
James 1:19-21 says “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls”
I knew that I needed to change. I knew I had tried to change, unsuccessfully. I knew that without help I could not change. I had investigated and initiated numerous different things to attempt to reduce my alcohol use and it’s control on my life.
Step 2 of A.A. says ‘WE CAME TO BELIEVE THAT A POWER GREATER THAN OURSELVES COULD RESTORE US TO SANITY.’
For me I recognised crazy things I did as a result of my addiction by I never believed I was insane. Because I believed in God and because I believed He created everything and controlled everything, I also believed He could help me regain control of my out of control life.
I bought early in my recovery a devotional book called ‘God’s Calling.’ and everyday I began the day reading the Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Twenty Four Hours a Day’ and ‘God’s Calling’ and I believe it was the God began in me the process of spiritual awakening. I started investigating God and how He could help me regain control of my out of control life,
I keep praying to you, Lord, hoping this time you will show me favour. Psalm 69:13
Nothing is hopeless with God. As we progress in recovery we may think “What’s the point?” Feeling we are wasting our time and wasting our time are two totally different things. ‘We are never helpless with God’ We are never without ‘HOPE’ God is the source of all hope and when we feel hopeless He reminds us to ’turn our lives over to Him and totally depend on Him.’
Remember we live in a fallen world. A world where good behaviour is not always rewarded and bad behaviour is not always punished. Sin has made the world unpredictable and ugly. In the process of recovery we need to make sure our behaviour matches up with Jesus example of living right.
Remember God is sovereign. Faith in Him is justified even when all seems hopeless and faith based on reward is hollow. Unshakable faith is built on the confidence that His ultimate purpose will result if we ‘seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with Him and His power to do his will.’
The Lord God called you to repent, to weep and mourn, to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins, and to wear clothes made of sackcloth to show your remorse. But instead, you sing and dance and play, and feast and drink. “Let us eat, drink, and be merry,” you say: “What’s the difference, for tomorrow we die.” Isaiah 22:11-13
We have experienced tedious hours of monotony, Lots of times of wastefulness. Frequent periods of cop-out, agony of repetitious failure. We have shown continuous inability to find something better. Evidence we are fatigued in a number of areas physical health, mental health, exhaustion, spiritual health is not hard to find.
It is tiring for us to keep going in circles on the merry go to nowhere. We have been caught up in a web from which there seems to be no escape. Called upon by God to repent, and turn away from the madness, we don’t know how to, or what it means. Instead we continue in the insanity we know, continually spinning in our mental haze.
But deal with our weariness, waywardness and wretchedness is exactly what He is calling us to do. He wants to give us a new appetite and zeal for living life according to His purpose. Our character will have to change. We need to break with the past, we need to develop new attitudes and behaviours. He will not force change upon us but He promises to support us and help us if we decide to.
God can remedy our madness
and restore our life to be even
better than it was before our
season of ‘insanity’
God will do it if we entrust our
life to Him.
God has located all the secret places in our lives. We cannot hide them, even by shutting God out. He can break any barrier of resistance we erect and enter locked-up places in our lives.
God can heal our isolation and unravel the problems of our innermost selves. We have the power to let go and let God in. All we have to do is believe that a power greater than ourselves (God) can restore manageability in our lives. Turn our lives over to Him and trust that He will help us recover.
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Why do you think such things?” Luke 5:22
Lord make me willing today to unlock the secret places of my life and allow You to make me whole.
At the start of this ‘New Year’ we all need to ask ourselves the questions “have I really decided to cut ties with my past?” “Am I now ready to live according to God’s plan for my life?” Most of us know the right answer to both these questions is ‘YES’ because if we say no we will struggle to maintain sobriety. For some of us this may not be a question we are ready or equipped to answer yet, if that is so we may need to go back to Step One and Step Two and consider “Have I accepted my powerlessness and unmanageability?” “Do I believe that God exists and He is waiting and willing to help me recover?”
There are two things I would ask you each to remember as you seek to answer these questions openly and honestly for yourself (1) Jesus is the one and only True Higher Power (2) Successful recovery requires He be kept central in our lives.
Keeping Him central requires personal relationship with Him that involves worship, prayer and meditation and learning for His Word (The Bible)
We are all going to make mistakes. Some days we will be very conscious of how badly we are travelling, but we must not allow these times to get the better of us. Instead we need each day seek God’s forgiveness for our mistakes (Step 10) And commit to improvement, not perfection.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! Ephesians 5:8
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy Proverbs 28:13
Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Lord, today help me to include You in everything. Teach me to practice the principles of recovery at all times and when I make mistakes help me to confess my mistake to you and commit to doing better in the future.