When we tell ourselves “I can never change,” or “That will never happen,” we presume too much and believe too little. In Jesus, Christ God renders all of our final conclusions premature and all of our talk of determinism as simply bad faith. In Christ, God opens closed doors, brings resurrection, reveals possibilities, reclaims the lost, liberates the cursed and possessed, and changes the unchangeable. Don Shelby
Ephesians 5:10 Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
Recovery is about developing good moral character. Which is possible only with God’s help.
Knowing God’s standards is not enough. We have to live them. As human beings, we are all prone to failure because it is human nature to live by our own standards.
One of the things I did as part of my step four list was to include in it God’s standards of right living. What I ended up with was a list o direction for changing my defects.
What I did with that list in steps five and six was to get alone with it and God and pray for God-pleasing change.
- When was the last time you reviewed your step four list and asked God to help you change?
Do you have eyes that can’t see? Do you have ears that can’t hear? Mark 8:18
An old saying poses this startling truth. “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” It is possible to have eyes and refuse to see certain things. In other words, to close your eyes and your mind to the truth. To choose to ignore the facts and allow them to influence you.
Many of us for long periods of time failed to admit our problems, closing our eyes to the truth. We did not want to face the reality of our situation or circumstances. Maintaining recovery as an ongoing enjoyment is dependent on clear-sightedness. The realization of, then admission of our problem is a ‘necessity’ in the process. We can’t afford to close our eyes as we progress.
Have we opened our eyes to our need? There are a lot of things associated with our past we still may not want to look at openly and honestly. Venturing into our new way of living makes opening our eyes unavoidable. Unless we welcome God’s gifts within and seek to be open to His divine presence in our lives we cannot experience all He has in store for us.