STEP SIX: After discovering my sinful habits and attitudes and confessing them,
I am now willing to let God change me.
2 Corinthians 1:7 When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.
KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
1 John 4:18 Perfect love drives fear away. Fear has to do with being punished. The one who fears does not have perfect love.
Genuine love in our lives confirms our salvation. One of my biggest fears during my addictive years was fear of abandonment. Since high school, I have always been involved in a romantic relationship. Some of them unhealthy. Most of them for the wrong reasons.
I did not cope with being alone! Since I have been in recovery I have had one romantic relationship, with my wife. The difference between my relationship with my wife and the others in my life is acknowledging God’s love and following – His guidance in our lives.
- Do you struggle with fear of abandonment?
Prayer: God help me today to be content in my relationship with You.
STEP FIVE: On completion of my list of sinful habits, I will confess them to God and to someone that I trust.
Part of the recovery process is accepting complete forgiveness from God. He doesn’t keep a list of our past sins and neither, should we.
Psalms 65:3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, You forgive them all.
When troubles ganged up on me, a mob of sins past counting, I was so swamped by guilt I couldn’t see my way clear. More guilt in my heart than hair on my head, so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out. Psalms 40:12
BORN TO DIE FOR OUR SINS
Luke 2:11 A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.
Sin is man’s tragedy: Jesus is God’s answer. It was the only way salvation of sin could be effectively provided.
GOD SENT HIM BECAUSE HE LOVES US
John 3:16 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one, and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.”
JESUS REVEALS GOD TO US
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day.
WHEN WE TRUST HIM HE SHOWS US OFF
1 Timothy 1:15-16 Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof–Public Sinner Number One– of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off–evidence of his endless patience–to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, he took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was led off– and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave with a rich man, Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true. Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it–life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him. Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins. Therefore I’ll reward him extravagantly– the best of everything, the highest honors– Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many, he took up the cause of all the black sheep. Isaiah 53:6-12
Whenever we suffer from doing what is right in God’s name through His will He will use it to minister to others and will make things right either in this life or the next.
When we place our wills and our lives in Gods care we will not be condemned by Him because Jesus has already paid in full for our sin.
Consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Because you belong to him, the power. of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing.
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
Romans 6:11~ Romans 8:2 ~ John 6:63 ~ Romans 8:11