It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free–signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. Ephesians 1:13-14
Recovery requires Holy Spirit interaction in our daily living. Jesus Christ is alive, in heaven. Following His crucifixion and resurrection, He ascended to heaven. But before He told His disciples John 14:16 I will ask the Father. And he will give you another friend to help you and to be with you forever.
On the day I knelt at a mercy seat in a rehab in 1989 I felt the Holy Spirit fill me and I knew my life would never be the same again.
The Holy Spirit transforms us from within. It Is by faith every day we receive His power to do everything we need to do to recover.
- Have you invited Jesus into your life yet?
- Will you invite Him now?
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 –
Luke 24:32 Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”
There is nothing like walking daily with God. Nothing like being able to STOP at any point in any day and discuss anything with Him. Praying through difficulties, pondering all the high points and low points of our recovery journey. Asking Him for clarification on all the sign-posts. Presenting ourselves daily to Him to be used for Hs glory.
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. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
When everything appears to be going wrong in our lives it may be an opportunity for God to work in and through us. In seemingly impossible tasks we need to ask God to help, do what we can and leave the results up to Him. He decides if the impossible is going to happen, not us.
“Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you.” Matthew 7:7
We need to learn to talk to God: Openly and honestly if we want to maintain a recovery process that is one of spiritual growth and enjoy a healthy, worthy relationship with our Higher Power. Prayer is basically asking and receiving. God tells us “ You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2) We need to affirm this in our minds, in order for the attitude to become a habit in our lives. As it does seeking His will for our lives intensifies, knocking in His door intensifies and knowledge of His desire for us intensifies.
We have to ask to receive. Failure to ask means not receiving from Him the resources we need to do all that He wants us to do and enjoy all that He wants us to enjoy. In the process of recovery it is imperative we expect extraordinary things as we grow in our relationship with Him. He did not bring us here to watch us wither. His desire is that we grow to be all He wants us to be in order that we might influence this world and it’s people for His glory.
When Saul returned to his home at Gibeah, a group of men whose hearts God had touched went with him. 1 Samuel 10:26
Starting anew means we must first come to God for the salvation He offers in Jesus (John 3:16) We then need to depend on Him for sustenance and strength.
(John 15:4-7) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! </em
Great song by the ‘Corries’ but that’s not what my post is about.
I normally don’t remember what I dream about. But last night’s dream I believe was a Holy Spirit filled revelation.
I was in a room talking to Pastor Rick Warren (I’ve never met the man, but love his work) Talking about ministry. At the end of the meeting he got up, thanked me and left. Only to return and ask me. “Why do you believe what you believe?” to which I replied “I believe that God can and will change the lives of the addicted and afflicted if they would only ask Him too.”
Analyzing the dream when I woke up I contemplated all sorts of scenario’s about why it occurred. I’m not sure any of them were right. But what I am sure of from the dream is this:
God wants each of us to ask Him to do the impossible in and through us. So that He can prove to us and to this lost world we live in He is all loving, all powerful and all caring and He wants us to love Him and others with some of the unending love He has installed in us all through the process we call RECOVERY.
Ecclesiastes 5:3 A dream comes when there are many cares.
Do you place Christ above everything else in your life? If you are not sure ask these questions:
1. How do you spend your time?
2. What dominates your thoughts?
3. Where are your priorities?
If Jesus is first in your life your answers should reflect a desire to get to know Him and His desire for your life better.
Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.