Step Three: I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to
working with Him to do so
Acts 3:2 There at the Beautiful Gate, as it was called, was a man who had been lame
all his life. Every day he was carried to the gate to beg for money from the people who
were going into the Temple.
This crippled man was helpless, a prime example of a lame duck, carried to and from the gate so he could beg for a few coins to exist.Whilst our lives may not seem that dismal in comparison, think about it. Aware of problems in our lives we turned to our addictions and compulsions just to exist, carried to and fro in life just to achieve the next fix.
As we reflect on our lives, carried around like lame ducks by our bad habits. Crippled and unable to find the strength to walk upright, or take the path to recovery. Just existing, hoping for something better, trying various things to change our lives and avoiding God. Like the lame man at the gate one of our sole perocupations has been with th monotony of it all ‘NO WAY OUT’ Content therefore with our lot.
Thank God today things have changed, a new chapter in your life has begun. You refuse to be beaten. You no longer will give in to the desires of your sinful nature, no longer answer the call of temptation, no longer be a lame duck.
REJOICE TODAY IN THE STEPS YOU HAVE TAKEN TO LEAVE
THE MONOTONY OF THE PAST
STEP 3. I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.
Matthew 5:3 God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven!
Dependence on God means depending on Him for our daily needs: – We are used to depending on our own skills and abilities in life, usually only reaching out to God when all goes pear-shaped. Dependence on God is not a weakness, as many of us might think. Realisation of our own powerlessness in Step One leaves us feeling lost, lonely and without hope. When we realise and accept our need of God as a new source of power in our lives and commit our lives over to His care and control we start to understand the need for constant and continued communication with Him.
A change of attitude that that drives us to him more and more rather than separating us from Him, His love and forgiveness.
LEARN TO TALK TO GOD DAILY
STEP THREE: I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.
Verse for the day: Isaiah 45:18-19 The Lord created the heavens— he is the one who is God! He formed and made the earth— he made it firm and lasting. He did not make it a desolate waste, but a place for people to live. It is he who says, “I am the Lord, and there is no other god. I have not spoken in secret or kept my purpose hidden. I did not require the people of Israel to look for me in a desolate waste. I am the Lord, and I speak the truth; I make known what is right.”
God has built an awareness of right and wrong in each of us: All around the world we live in there is evidence of right and wrong. In the lives of individuals there is evidence of right and wrong. But people are stubborn and selfish. We know what is right and what is wrong but so often we choose to do the wrong thing.
Knowing the right thing is not enough. Through the process of learning and applying the Twelve Steps to our lives God is calling each of us to change our ways, to stop being selfish, to make a decision to accept our selfishness, let go of our stubbornness, ‘to decide to let God help us’ – DO THE RIGHT THING
Admit to God that you are human, that often you fail in-spite of good intentions to live up to your own standards (much less to His standards)
– HEALING IS A CHOICE
2Co 1:3-4 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs
When we decide to ‘Turn our wills and lives over to the care of God.‘ He comes alongside to help us to navigate the past We can count on Him to stay in relationship with us as we address the issues we need to address and move forward into a new future.
Then as we progress in the process of spiritual growth He creates opportunities for us to point someone else in His direction so He can help them too.