2 Corinthians 5:18 It is all from God. He brought us back to himself through Christ’s death on the cross. And he has given us the task of bringing others back to him through Christ.
Before we came into recovery our lives were evil. We disobeyed, rebelled and ignored God. In recovery we have a new nature. God has taken our old rebellious nature and replaced it with a new loving, caring nature, Interested in the well-being of others.
The difference between the old and the new is Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. I don’t live any longer. Christ lives in me. My faith in the Son of God helps me to live my life in my body. He loved me. He gave himself for me.” It used to be about me but now it’s about Him.
Are you willingly letting God shape your life and character or are you still rebelling?
2 Corinthians 5:17 When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new!
From Skinhead to Salvationist. Archie Boyle found out the truth of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week slogan – “Some drinking cost more than money” (the War Cry 1991)
WITHOUT CHANGE EVERYTHING STAYS THE SAME: Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God–truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:22-24
Recovery Rule #1
If you don’t drink alcohol you can’t get drunk and
if you don’t use drugs you can’t get stoned.
When we turn our lives over to God we are given a new identity. We become children of the light, Who are awake and have our eyes opened. One way we can prove we are living in the light is to pay attention to Romans 13:13. We can;t claim recovery and continue doing the immoral things we used to do.
Recovery requires changed behaviour and ‘living decent lives.=