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
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?
Luke 19:3 He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way–he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd.
Many people are too big for their own good. Others have too low an estimation of themselves.
Feelings of inadequacy can hold us back, especially when we decide the wrong way of living is the right way, the easiest way for us to live. “I am not enough” We have all thought it, we have all said it. Feelings of inadequacy are a common excuse for not pursuing God’s will. And, for quitting in recovery. Those attitudes belong in the category of ‘littleness’
Zacchaeus had his viewpoint dramatically changed by Jesus. When drawn into an exclusive company with Him He is able to perform complete life-transformation within us. We can move from one-eyed selfishness to know the limitless resources of our great God. It is within His power to recreate us (2 Corinthians 5:17) He can help us to see things differently. Give us a new perspective on the BIGNESS of God, rather than being obsessed with our own littleness or self-imposed bigness.
Lord, if I continue to see only me, then that is the person I will always be. Redirect me, please.Show me Yourself: again, and again and again.
Acts 3:16 This man whom you see and know was made strong because of faith in Jesus’ name. Faith in Jesus has healed him completely. You can see it with your own eyes.
We all have a story. I love this verse in the Bible and it tells my story in one verse. I was broken and God repaired me. I was lost and God found me, I was addicted and God healed me.
Anyone who knew back then, who I am still connected to will confirm if you ask them “I am a new creation.” And it’s because I put my faith in God.
Through a daily relationship with the Holy Spirit and belief that I never have to again be the person I was. Today, I can experience God’s healing and spiritual growth.
Recovery is about understanding our own story and giving others hope through sharing it.
- When did you last share your story with someone else?
- Do you need to share it today?
2 Kings 7:9 “We shouldn’t be doing this! This is a day of good news and we’re making it into a private party! ”
Good News is for sharing. We should never become so preoccupied with our own recovery that we neglect sharing it with others.
Our responsibility is sharing. We are not responsible for, nor might we ever find out who will respond. We do not know all the opportunities God presents for us to make a difference in the lives of others.
Matthew 28:19 Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Sharing is not optional. Jesus told His disciples to make more disciples. In His command to His disciples, He also commands to reach out to and share our experience, strength and hope with those still caught up in the turmoil of their problems.
We don’t all have to be on a platform. One-On-One, friendship is just as important in the process of giving others hope of a better life as sharing from the front in a meeting.
2 Thessalonians 1:10 He will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe–and all because you believed what we told you.
STEP TWO: I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me
to regain control of my life. DO YOU?
People are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they hear. There are people who hear, but what they hear is crowded out and nothing goes right as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun. Be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
Mark 4:19 ~ Luke 8:14 ~ Luke 21:34 ~ Philippians 4:6 ~ 1 Peter 5:7