We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. ~ Romans 12:1
PRINCIPLE THREE: (Celebrate Recovery)
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. ~ Matthew 5:5
There comes a time in our recovery journey when we need to look for help. We no longer can do this work on our own. And like a surgeon, who must go to another doctor for treatment, we can't operate on ourselves. We need the Great Healer, the only Higher Power ~ Jesus Christ!
In Step Three we're working through a big decision. We prepare for this decision process by thoroughly working Steps One and Two.
- Look at the unmanageability of our lives.
- Consider our needs, God's abilities and our future with or without God.
- We contemplate the required changes.
- Decide God is the only one able to manage our lives.
Let's look at the Celebrate Recovery acrostic that can help us turn our lives over to God:
T ~ TRUST
We put blind trust in many things daily. We trust the chair we're sitting in to hold us. We trust our car will make it home. We trust the electric switch for light. Why is it so difficult to trust God to take care of us?
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. ~ Romans 10:9
U ~ UNDERSTAND
Relying on our own understanding gets us into many messes. That's why we need Jesus. After we ask Jesus into our life, we must look to him in all our decisions. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, he will show us how he wants us to live.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
R ~ REPENT
Repentance is making an about face with your life; a complete 180, turning from the life of sin we've been leading to living a life with and for God. When we have repented we see the world from God's perspective instead of our own.
"The time has come," [Jesus] said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" ~ Mark 1:15
N ~ NEW LIFE
As we take the above three actions; trusting, understanding and repenting our lives are made new in Christ!
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
Some old thought patterns have recently resurfaced in my life. So you aren't alone, I'm working these steps right along with you. It is my prayer that this column has been of some help for you today.
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Celebrate Recovery Bible
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The Twelve Steps for Chirstians