Category: Step 2

Step Two ~ Week One

John 12:46I 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.

Step Two ~ Week Two

God Cares

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.”

What The Bible Says

Belief

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.


#Trust #Conviction #Belief

The Primary Goal of Bible-Based Recovery


We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

The primary goal of Bible-based recovery is to bring the Good News of salvation to those who haven’t heard it, to help them become believers, and to teach them God’s truth.

Matthew 28:16-20 The eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

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

In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus points out why we are here.  “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand–shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

My daily devotions today is headed IT TAKES A FREE MAN  TO FREE A MAN

Romans 8:6 Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.

It says we are controlled by our sinful nature and like us, Paul struggled with sin. Like Paul, none of us are beyond repentance. Our only hope to free-living is Jesus. He came to earth to open The Way for us. And, if we put our faith and trust in Him He will free us from all our problems and we will experience His peace and freedom – called to help those who are still caught up in the turmoil of life’s problems to find their way safely into a relationship with Him.

Romans 7:16-18 If I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it.

Romans 8:29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

Galatians 5:16-18 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

 

 

John 8:36 If the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.

#2168 Sin is Moral Insanity


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STEP TWO I believe God exists, that He cares about me and
He can help me to regain control of my life.

As we enter this season of CHRISTmas remembering 1 Timothy 1:15  whis says “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” We need to understand what Jesus has come to save us from.

Over my 30+ years in the recovery process I have had the pleasure of being involved in many different recovery fellowships and I love them all. ‘When people share their experience, strength and hope, openly and honestly with each others lives get changed.’ I especially love the acrostic teachings of Celebrate Recovery

Looking at the quote above I heard from Jack Graham on ACCTV  led me back to ‘Celebrate Recovery’ Lesson 7: Moral and our need to take inventory on the significant events – good and bad – in our lives. If ‘Sin is Moral Insanity’ and Jesus came to ‘Save Sinners’ then we need to examine our lives morally.

Moral according to the dictionary means “the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong.”

‘Celebrate Recovery’ Lesson 7 says we need to honestly look at our conduct good – bad and indifferent and in the process of recovery look at how to put right our conduct with God’s help.

MORAL

Make time
Job 33:33  “Listen to me. Keep silence and I will teach you wisdom!”

Taking moral inventory requires time getting alone with God and with yourself and taking an honest look at your conduct, behaviour, attitudes and actions.

Open
Job 7:11  “Let me express my anguish. Let me be free to speak out of the bitterness of my soul.”

Moral inventory requires looking at our feelings. resentments, fears, self-pity and dishonesty openly and honestly and becoming willing to do what we need to do with God’s help deal with our guilt and get intouch with our true feelings.

Rely
Psalms 31:23-24  “Love the Lord, all of you who are his people; for the Lord protects those who are loyal to him, but harshly punishes all who haughtily reject him. So cheer up! Take courage if you are depending on the Lord.”

Moral inventory requires putting our faith in Jesus to give us the strength to face the truth about our character and not get discouraged with what we discover as we are on a journey of ‘Character Change’

Analyze
Proverbs 20:27 The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves.

Moral inventory requires stepping out of ‘DENIAL’ listening to our consience and accepting reponsibility for our bad conduct truthfully.

List
Lamentations 3:40 Let us examine our ways and test them.

Completing ‘Moral Inventory’ is an important part of the recovery process. As we go through the process we need to remember step two “I believe God exists, that He cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.” We are not in this on our own we have a God who cares about us and will help us in the process of regaining control of our lives.

 

 

#2023 Rules


While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers that unless they adhered to the ancient Jewish custom of circumcision, they could not be saved. Paul and Barnabas argued and discussed this with them at length, and finally the believers sent them to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local men, to talk to the apostles and elders there about this question. After the entire congregation had escorted them out of the city, the delegates went on to Jerusalem, stopping along the way in the cities of Phoenicia and Samaria to visit the believers, telling them—much to everyone’s joy—that the Gentiles, too, were being converted. Arriving in Jerusalem, they met with the church leaders—all the apostles and elders were present—and Paul and Barnabas reported on what God had been doing through their ministry. But then some of the men who had been Pharisees before their conversion stood to their feet and declared that all Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow all the Jewish customs and ceremonies. So the apostles and church elders set a further meeting to decide this question. At the meeting, after long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you long ago to preach the Good News to the Gentiles so that they also could believe. God, who knows men’s hearts, confirmed the fact that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he gave him to us. He made no distinction between them and us, for he cleansed their lives through faith, just as he did ours. And now are you going to correct God by burdening the Gentiles with a yoke that neither we nor our fathers were able to bear? Don’t you believe that all are saved the same way, by the free gift of the Lord Jesus?” There was no further discussion, and everyone now listened as Barnabas and Paul told about the miracles God had done through them among the Gentiles. When they had finished, James took the floor. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. Peter has told you about the time God first visited the Gentiles to take from them a people to bring honor to his name. An this fact of Gentile conversion agrees with what the prophets predicted. For instance, listen to this passage from the prophet Amos: ‘Afterwards’ (says the Lord), ‘I will rdeturn and renew the broken contract with David, so that Gentiles, too, will find the Lord—all those marked with my name.’ That is what the Lord says, who reveals his plans made from the beginning. “And so my judgment is that we should not insist that the Gentiles who turn to God must obey our Jewish laws, except that we should write to them to refrain from eating meat sacrificed to idols, from all fornication, and also from eating unbled meat of strangled animals. For these things have been preached against in Jewish synagogues in every city on every Sabbath for many generations.” Acts 15:1-21

RULES
thought_for_todayThere is one rule in the process of recovery we all need to obey. That is: ‘Whatever is messing up your life STOP DOING IT!’

Step One in the Living Life Recovery Steps says: “I admit that my life is a mess and I am out of control.” Step Two says: “I believe God exists, that He cares about me and He can help me to regain control of my life.” Step Three Says: “I am making a decision to let God help me change and commit to working with Him to do so.

Acts 15:9-10 says “He made no distinction between them and us, for he cleansed their lives through faith, just as he did ours. And now are you going to correct God by burdening the Gentiles with a yoke that neither we nor our fathers were able to bear?”

I think it can be like that is certain recovery fellowships we set a lot of rules for people to follow and make the process of recovery too difficult for people to ever achieve anything like lasting, growing recovery. Bill Wilson on realising His life was a mess and out of control had one thought: “Find another alcoholic and talk to them about their life and how they can improve it.” With one rule in mind: “No matter what happens to me I WILL NOT DRINK.” Simple but not always easy. Bill Wilson also realised recovery was about putting our faith in our Creator, believing He could and would help us recover.

What the Bible says about rules

OBEY GOD
If you obey My decrees and My regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord. Leviticus 18:5

OBEYING GOD WILL BRING YOU PEACE AND MERCY
May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. Galatians 6:16

OBEYING GOD IS A LIFELONG PROCESS OF PROGRESS
We must hold on to the progress we have already made. Philippians 3:16

Obey your spiritual leaders and be willing to do what they say. For their work is to watch over your souls, and God will judge them on how well they do this. Give them reason to report joyfully about you to the Lord and not with sorrow, for then you will suffer for it too. Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to keep it that way. I especially need your prayers right now so that I can come back to you sooner. And now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he who became the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting agreement between God and you, signed with his blood, produce in you through the power of Christ all that is pleasing to him. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. Brethren, please listen patiently to what I have said in this letter, for it is a short one. I want you to know that Brother Timothy is now out of jail; if he comes here soon, I will come with him to see you. Give my greetings to all your leaders and to the other believers there. The Christians from Italy who are here with me send you their love. God’s grace be with you all. Good-byeHebrews 13:17-25

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Step Four of the Life Recovery Steps says: “In order to help me change I will investigate and record with God’s help my sinful habits and attitudes.” Step Five says: “On completion of my list of sinful habits I will confess them to God and to someone that I trust.”

In the process of recovery we all need role models and we all need support people. People who are going to lead us, point us in the right direction and walk with us. None of us can recover on our own. Nor can we recover just by says “God knows all about it.” and doing nothing to change. We never ended up in recovery by mistake. It is a God directed process on making the decision to let God help us change and committing to the process (Step 3). And, in the process He has already appointed spiritual leaders to be His leaders in showing us how to live according to His will for our lives. Our part in the process is to listen, learn and apply what we learn to our lives.

What the Bible says about listening, learning and applying what we learn.

YOU WON’T LEARN ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM ONE PERSON
Get all the advice you can and be wise the rest of your life. Proverbs 19:20

GOD WILL REVEAL TRUTHS TO YOU HE WON’T REVEAL TO OTHERS
Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:14

AS WE LISTEN, LEARN AND APPLY WHAT WE LEARNED GOD EXPECTS US TO TEACH THE TRUTH TO OTHERS
He sent us to preach the Good News everywhere and to testify that Jesus is ordained of God to be the Judge of all— living and dead. Acts 10:42

 

I Believe That God Exists and He Cares



By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:5‭-‬6 MSG

https://bible.com/bible/97/heb.11.5-6.MSG

#49-Believe the Bible


Step Two: I believe God exists, that he cares about me and He can help
me to regain control of my life.

“Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
Mark 1:15

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Psalm 130: With all my heart I wait for the Lord to help me. I put my hope in his word.

As we go through the process of spiritual recovery these Twelve Steps challenge us to ‘Believe the Bible’ To accept it as God’s Word and to trust if we learn it and apply it to our lives life will get better.

 Before coming into recovery I knew of the Bible I had seen a couple. I had been taught some of the familiar Bible stories in Sunday school. I had seen some of the stories in movies.

 My first encounter with the Bible in recovery was through a devotional book I bought
pre-becoming a Christian called
‘God’s Word’ Through that devotional I believe that God began communicating with me. It was following a relapse after eighteen months of sobriety in A.A. I believe God spoke to me for the first time. Or maybe it’s just the first time I heard Him.

  •  Have you ever heard God speak to you? 
  • Did you listen and obey?

#42 Change of View


Luke 19:3 He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way–he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd.

Many people are too big for their own good. Others have too low an estimation of themselves.

Feelings of inadequacy can hold us back, especially when we decide the wrong way of living is the right way, the easiest way for us to live.  “I am not enough” We have all thought it, we have all said it. Feelings of inadequacy are a common excuse for not pursuing God’s will. And, for quitting in recovery. Those attitudes belong in the category of ‘littleness’

Meditation
Zacchaeus had his viewpoint dramatically changed by Jesus.  When drawn into an exclusive company with Him He is able to perform complete life-transformation within us. We can move from one-eyed selfishness to know the limitless resources of our great God. It is within His power to recreate us (2 Corinthians 5:17) He can help us to see things differently. Give us a new perspective on the BIGNESS of God, rather than being obsessed with our own littleness or self-imposed bigness.

Prayer
Lord, if I continue to see only me, then that is the person I will always be. Redirect me, please.Show me Yourself: again, and again and again.

 

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