Step 3: We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
God cares about our problems. He watches over us and wants to be involved in every area of our lives, if we will let Him?
Sometimes complete faith and trust in God is difficult. In the past we have trusted no-one and believed no-one trusted us. One way to build trust in God and other people is through finding a sponsor to help you learn to live a life free of addictions and compulsions.
Sponsors are people we can learn from and build trust in. As we do we realize God is also someone we can learn from and trust at a much deeper level than we can our sponsors.
God is perfect, people aren’t.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7
God cares about our troubles. He watches over us and continually, is interested in how we are travelling. One way to increase our trust in Him is to find someone further ahead in recovery maturity than we are and put our trust in them. As we learn to share more openly and honestly with them we can consciously remind ourselves God’s concern for us is like theirs – only deeper and wider.
When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. John 14:3
When we place our trust in Jesus we receive His peace in this life and the promise of a home with Him in eternity.
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness. So where does that leave our proud Jewish insider claims and counterclaims? Cancelled? Yes, cancelled. What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade. Romans 3:23-28
None of us started drinking, drugging, gambling etc. with the intention of becoming addicts. We just wanted to have some fun! or we thought alcohol, drugs, money would make it easier for us to achieve our goals. But, the didn’t and because of our addictions and compulsions we made bad choices, developed bad habits. Took shortcuts that ended up as character defects,
In this Scripture the Bible tells us “God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace”
Now in recovery we are all looking for a way to be a better version of ourselves. That Way! is through submission to God,humbly asking Him to help us to undo the character defects we have awaited through living according to our selfish desires and will and Trusting Him to do it..
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.
“Thank God! Because he’s good and because His love lasts.”
God is the greatest! He is beyond compare! He is God! He is everything! His loving, saving personality never weakens. Each day we walk in relationship with Him He becomes more and more wonderful to us and for that reason we need to Thank Him!
An angel of God found Hagar beside a spring in the desert; it was the spring on the road to Shur. He said, “Hagar, maid of Sarai, what are you doing here?”
She said, “I’m running away from Sarai my mistress.”
When Hagar was running away from her mistress and her problems. The angel of the Lord gave her this advice:
- return and face your problems.
- work on your own attitude towards your problems.
- trust God’s promise to help you overcome your problems.
How often in our lives do we find it easier to run away than to take responsibility for our problems, correct our attitudes and trust God for a solution?
Psalm 62:1-2 I wait quietly before God,for my victory comes from him.He alone is my rock and my salvation,my fortress where I will never be shaken.
Trusting God to be my rock, salvation and fortress changes my outlook on life. I no longer need be held captive by resentment, shame and hurt.
When we rest in God’s strength nothing can shake our faith.
Colossians 2:6 You accepted Christ Jesus as Lord,
so continue to live following him.
There is no gain without pain. Once we have wrestled with the agony of loss of friends and everything belonging to our addictive and compulsive life style we can start living the positive thinking program.
God has a new way of living into which He wants to lead us. There are whole new worlds to conquer, new goals to set and achieve and He will equip us for the journey ahead.
Ephesians 6:12 Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.
Recovery can be a struggle. The ‘Good News’ is God equips us to deal with struggle. We all have our own demons, things we don’t want to face or do anything about. A word of warning! If we avoid dealing with them they will bring us undone.
In order to overcome them we need supernatural power, and God provides it to us by giving us His Holy Spirit within us as armour against our demons.
If you feel discouraged right now remember Jesus’ words to Peter “Upon this rock I will build my church; and all the powers of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)