God shows His compassion by not giving us the punishment we deserve. Instead, He gives us blessings we don’t deserve, forgiving us and transforming us into who we are intended to be. God showed His care for us by sending Jesus to take our punishment and open the Way to Him. He is compassionate, merciful and loving to all who call on His name.
Category: Step 2
WE CAME TO BELIEVE THAT GOD COULD RESTORE US TO SANITY.
It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
A community is an important spiritual practice in the recovery process. The Trinity is a community of love. We were built for relationship. Helping others and being helped by others a necessity to spiritual maturity. If we could achieve recovery on our own we would have, but we couldn’t and that is why we now find ourselves in need of God’s help to overcome the insanity that has become our normal way of living. God wants to use others to help us to overcome the things that have brought us down in the past. He brings us into relationship with them, through relationship with Him, and, He expects us to be open and honest with them.
Accepting Jesus as our One True Higher Power makes us part of God’s family, subjects of His community. A community in which Jesus is the founder and the leader. A community in which no one stands alone. Restoration of our sanity is a result of inclusion in the community God has placed us in. Managing relationships in that community requires loyalty, care, humility, and prayer, not only that we will know God’s will for our lives but we will also use His power in us to achieve it.
Scripture Reading: Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?” But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.” But he said, “Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won’t believe it.” Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.” Thomas said, “My Master! My God!” Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.” John 20:19-29
Focus Verse: John 20:29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
If you are like Thomas, imagine what it would be like to ‘believe without seeing.’ – That’s faith. If you’re like the other disciples, remember to thank God for the faith He has given you.
BELIEF IN GOD SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY ACTION
Deuteronomy 27:10 Listen to the Voice of God, your God. Keep his commandments and regulations that I’m commanding you today.
BELIEF IN GOD SHOULD CHANGE HOW WE LIVE NOW
Mark 1:15 “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
BELIEF IN GOD IS PUTTING OUR TRUST COMPLETELY IN HIM
Romans 10:9 “Jesus is my Master”— God’s work of doing in us what He did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you.
The second part of Step Two talks about ‘believing God can and will restore us to sanity.” more on step two tomorrow.
We must give up our selfish ways to allow God to heal us and empower us to be the people He is calling us to be. We must believe in and accept His grace. His free gist of forgiveness offered through faith in Jesus Christ and Hi ability to teach us to live lives He approves of.
We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Abraham believed God and was set right with God, (includes his action.) It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.”
Read James 2:22-24
It says in my BibleThe full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence is that Abraham was named ‘Gods friend evidenced by changes in his action. Now anyone who has read these blog posts for a while will know my spiritual walk was influenced by the AA book Sobriety and Beyond by Father John Doe. Throughout the book, it talks about ‘ACTION’ being the magic word. In Step Two “WE CAME TO BELIEVE” God could and would help us to change if we put our faith and trust in Him. That He would help us to do what we needed to do our characters to live better lives than we had been living. If we really believe this then we should now be willing, with God’s help to develop new ways of acting and reacting to the things that happen in our lives. Verse 24 in the scripture above says “Is it not evident a person is made right with God by faith fruitful works.” My question for us all today is “are my actions today actions of which God approves?”
Don’t assume that you can lean back in the arms of spiritual growth and take it easy, feeling smug because you’re an insider to God’s revelation,
a connoisseur of the best things of God informed on the twelve steps and traditions. Knowing what God wants you to do and ignoring it leads to relapse. If you understand God’s will you should act on it. Because acting on it not only blesses you but blesses everyone in your sphere of influence. Knowing the right thing to do and not doing it goes against the principle of living a life of ‘rigorous honesty’ Sin hidden win God’s commandments can do more harm than sin on its own. So be careful don’t just talk the talk, learn to walk the walk.
Lord just for today help me to apply Your balance to my life. Let me not be hot or cold but be committed to Your will and act accordingly.
Many times in my spiritual walk I have been tested – many times I have failed but with God’s help, I have always come through. And, in coming through become stronger in my faith and in my life.
I BELIEVE GOD EXISTS, THAT HE CARES ABOUT ME AND HE CAN HELP ME TO REGAIN CONTROL OF MY LIFE.
John 12:46 “I have come into the world to be a light. No one who believes in me will stay in darkness.”
Commitment to reuniting us with God and helping us to change our lives is why Jesus came to earth. All He asks of us is that we believe in Him.
I have always been a believer. As a kid going to Sunday school and to the Boy’s Brigade I believed in God and that Jesus is His Son.
What I didn’t believe was that I needed Him to show me how to live my life. I believed I was a good person. From a worldly point of view, I did all the right things. I just drank too much and got in trouble too often. I also didn’t believe I lived in darkness. I did what everyone around me did.
- Do you believe God exists?
- Do you believe He has a Son called Jesus?
- Do you want to come out of the dark?
Prayer: Help me today to believe in You, God and lead me out of my darkness.
Matthew 20:23 Jesus said, “Come to think of it, you are going to drink my cup. But as to awarding places of honor, that’s not my business. My Father is taking care of that.”
STEP TWO I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.
Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. Jesus said “I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark.”
John 8:12 Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”
Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them–living and breathing God!
Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute. Saving us is all God’s idea, and all His work. All we do is trust him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing. We neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has got ready for us to do.
Our spiritual vision is our capacity to see clearly what God wants us to do and to see. Jesus brings bring us God’s presence, protection, and guidance. Daily we must consciously choose to center our life on God.
Our salvation and our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise, and joy. God’ intends our salvation to result in acts of service. We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ by introducing others still suffering to personal relationship with Him.
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