Road to Recovery

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The Road to Recovery – Step 8

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God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Mathew 5:10 (NLT)

Step 8—Yield myself to God and to be used to bring His good news to others, both by my example and my words.

As we confess our sins, allow God to change us, and live differently as a result, there will be resistance. When that resistance takes the form of new or repeat temptation in our own lives, we need to cycle back through repentance and submission to God.. When that resistance is from outsiders, who are convicted by the example of or lives, we are to help them understand God’s forgiveness and love. When that resistance is from other Christians who find themselves caught in a sin, we are to restore them gently. Whatever the resistance, our calling is to yield to being used by God to spread his good news and be the light in a dark place.

The Road to Recovery – Step 7

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If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT)

Step 7—Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading and prayer, in order to know God and His will for my life, and to gain the power to follow His will.

None of this recovery process is possible without God’s strength, and as we proceed, Satan will oppose us more, not less. So Step 7 equips us for the battle, as we daily recalibrate our attitudes and our lives so that we can recognize what that comes at us is of God, and what is of the evil one. In this way we can walk that daily journey with God.

The Road to Recovery – Step 6

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“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:7, 9 (NLT)

Step 6—Evaluate all my relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me, and make amends for harm I have done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.

The first steps get me into a right relationship with God; Step 6 gets me into a right relationship with others—loving my neighbor. Now that I have been reconciled with God, I can live as God’s ambassador of reconciliation to everyone else, repairing old relationships and beginning new relationships in a healthy, Godly way. In this way we can bring peace wherever we go.

The Road to Recovery – Step 5

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“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 (NLT)

Step 5—Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life, and humbly ask Him to remove any character defects. After we’ve recognized what’s wrong, we must not only remove the bad but put the good in where the bad was. If we’re willing to not only confess sin, but trust God to teach us to walk in His new ways, He will strengthen our journey of training in righteousness. This is difficult for many of us to do, though; often we just want to be forgiven, to be right with God, and then to be left alone to carry on as we will. But if we’re willing to trust God enough to approach Him and confess our faults to Him, why wouldn’t we trust Him to change us for the better? This is where the power of community (from Step 4) comes in, as our brothers and sisters in Christ encourage us to obedience.

The Road to Recovery – Step 4

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“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 (NLT)

Step 4—Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. There’s something powerful about getting real with another human being, someone I see every day. I can forget that God is always with me, because I can’t see Him; it’s easier to hold myself accountable to someone who is physically present with me, who can remind me of who God wants me to be. Having a partner on this journey helps me to focus on the task at hand each day.

The Road to Recovery – Step 3

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“God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” Matthew 5:5 (NLT)

Step 3—Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. This choosing is informed by the previous two steps: I have no power to do good in my own strength, but God has the power to help me do it. So God moves first, and enables us to choose to agree with Him as to what is best for our lives, and then to live it day by day, “more of God and less of me.”

The Road to Recovery – Step 2

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We continue a series on the Road to Recovery, finding healing for our hurts, habits and hang-ups, as expressed by Rick Warren, and based on the Beatitudes of Matthew 5.

Step 2—Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. I don’t have the power, but God does; not only does God know best, but He has my best interests at heart. My choice is to do life on my own, or to humbly bring my life to God and experience His supernatural divine comfort. Turn to Him in the power of the Holy Spirit today.

The Road to Recovery – Step 1

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“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Matthew 5:3 (NLT)

We begin a new series on the Road to Recovery, finding healing for our hurts, habits and hang-ups, as expressed by Rick Warren, and based on the Beatitudes of Matthew 5.

Step 1—Realize I am not God. As long as I continue to think I can ‘fix’ myself if I just try hard enough, I will fall. Only from a position of humility can I approach God in His holiness. Only as I admit my poverty of spirit and my powerlessness in the face of my sinful desires can I become open to letting God empower me to both choose and do good. Ask God for that humility today.