1 John 2:29 You know that God is right and always does what is right. And you know that everyone who does what is right has been born again because of what God has done.
God’s holiness is our standard for living life recovery.
When we turn our lives over to God we can sometimes feel pressure pulling us back to our old ways of living. Recovery requires total commitment to God and His way of living. It means living lives that are guided by God’s standards. Living qualities of lives that are prioritized by what the Bible says.
Our focus needs to be God’s focus. To help us to focus on what God focuses on He gives us a daily relationship with the Holy Spirit. Change requires calling on God often. Listening to Him and following where He leads us.
- How are you allowing God to lead you today?
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?
STEP 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself” Galatians 6:1
2 Kings 15:1-7
Uzziah son of Amaziah began to rule over Judah in the twenty-seventh year of the reign of King Jeroboam II of Israel. He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother was Jecoliah from Jerusalem. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had done. But he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there. The Lord struck the king with leprosy, which lasted until the day he died. He lived in isolation in a separate house. The king’s son Jotham was put in charge of the royal palace, and he governed the people of the land. The rest of the events in Uzziah’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah. When Uzziah died, he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. And his son Jotham became the next king.
- Our Lives need to be influenced by Christlike Models
Although Azariah accomplished a great deal, he failed to destroy the pagan shrines in Judah, just as his father Amaziah and his grandfather Joash had failed to do. He imitated what other kings had done because he had heard stories about what good kings’ they were. He had poor role models to follow in some areas of his life who influenced how he conducted himself in life. We need to make sure in the process of recovery and life we have good role models influencing us. Jesus provides a perfect model. It doesn’t matter where we have come from, what has happened to us, what matters is what or who are we allowing to influence our lives right now?
Who are your role models?
How are your role models influencing how you conduct your life today?
- How we influence the lives of others will be judged by God
Sin in our lives is serious. The Bible tells us Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Even more serious than sin in our lives is to encourage others to disobey God. We are responsible for how we influence other people in the recovery process. We need to be aware in our lives of double sins; that is things we do or encourage other people to that not only hurt us but also hurt other people.
Are you encouraging someone else to do the wrong thing because it’s easier than telling them the truth?
- We need to evaluate our influences by biblical standards.
People generally will believe lies that reinforce their own selfish, personal beliefs. We need to be careful as we grow spiritually with what input we allow to influence us and what output we share with those we are influencing. In the world today we are constantly bombarded by TV, music, movies, the internet and other forms of media with messages that present sinful lifestyles and unwholesome values as the norm. Attitudes and beliefs that are totally opposed to the Bible.
The Bible is our only standard of truth and we need to evaluate all our opinions in light of what it teaches.
What are you allowing to form your opinions about life?
Connect Christian Church
6 Bray Street, Hastings – 7:30 pm, Monday 4th June, 2018
LET GOD CHANGE YOU
1 Thessalonians 4:7 God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful– as beautiful on the inside as the outside.
When we fail to meet God’s standards we need to confess our mistakes. In step six we commit to allowing God to change us. He can’t if we don’t allow it or if we aren’t willing to do our part in the change process.
To make mistakes is normal. To keep making the same mistakes is insanity.
One of my favourite statements Is a statement from Joyce Meyer who says “I am not where I should but thank God I am not where I used to be.”
Recovery is a continual process of change that takes time to achieve. Even the smallest step forward is a positive step in the process.
– What Can I do today with God’s help to move forward?
Prayer: God help me today to move forward. Even if it is only a little way help me progress in the process of recovery.
The right motives
Psalms 90:17 Lord, make what we do succeed. Please make what we do succeed. God wants what is best for us. If we follow His le ading and guidance we can expect success in the process of recovery.
Success by God’s standards is not the same as success by the world’s standards. Success by God’s standards does not mean immunity from difficulties of failure. When we are on the process of repairing relationships it may not always be easy. Success by God’s standards is not a guarantee of a good reception from others, their agreement to pursue repairing the relationship or them even being happy to meet or talk to us.
When we apply God’s wisdom to the process of repairing relationships He promises us that what we do, if done in the right spirit and with the right motives will be approved by Him.
– Whose approval are you seeking through repair of broken or damaged relationships?
Prayer: Lord make my motives pure.
When we complete a ‘Searching and fearless moral inventory we realise our failure at living to God’s standards of right living and our need to obey His principles and allow Him to teach us to change.