■Realize I am not God
■Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, that He has the power to help me recover
■Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control
■Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust
■Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character
■Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others
■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
This week we have discussed how to stay on the path, finish the race, and maintain momentum in order to grow in our relationship with Christ and leave our past behind. When I was just walking away from my past, I remember waiting and wanting God to really show Himself—not just show Himself, but REALLY show Himself to me. I can only imagine the things He tried to show me or places He wanted me to go to that, because I was waiting for the BIG show, I missed out on blessings. Then I got discouraged and that’s when the enemy wanted to swoop down and distract me. The little whispers of “You’re not worthy enough,” or “See, you really didn’t recover from that.” Recovery is not always seeing the BIG shows but listening, spending time with God, and beginning to know who He really is. The following Scriptures are just a few that show God’s power through the smallest of things—or what we see as small things:
Be still and know that I am God.
Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.
And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a Voice behind you say, ‘No this is the way: walk here.’
And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a still small voice.
If you go back to read those Scriptures, look at the words used for us to see God’s power: be still, stand, hear, walk, and the still small voice of God. We need to seek Him through our prayer time, Bible reading, and begin knowing who He really is and be thankful for all that He has brought us through. Each one of us has come through a different fire and been refined at different places, but God’s miracles and promises are Yes and Amen!! Believing that is truly how we can avoid relapse!!
Monday: We discussed the four patterns of relapse – Complacency; Confusion; Compromise and Catastrophe. If we become too comfortable and start believing we are ok, or that we don’t need to stay the course, then the enemy can quickly get a foothold and start the doubt, confusion, and compromise. Then we start heading directly for CATASTROPHE!! God has such a bigger plan for each one of you. Stay the course.
Tuesday: Leslie talked with us about the causes of relapse—we revert to our own willpower; we ignore the choices; we try to recover without support; and we become prideful. We cannot stress enough how important it is to have support through this process. Even when you come to the end of the study, it is important to remember to keep your support person who will stay with you to the end. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in trouble (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10). Then Leslie made an excellent statement: ‘Our greatest weakness is often unguarded strength.’ If we get to the point we think we have it, be careful – don’t let your guard down, don’t take your armor off – guard yourself with His strength and power.
Wednesday: Kim started us off midweek with: “We must plant ourselves at His feet daily. It’s like water for us, friends. He is our Stronghold now and what an awesome Stronghold!” Can you imagine going without anything to drink for more than a day? Or a week? Or a month? So why try to go without our Living Water for a day?!? He is just waiting to transform and renew your mind. He longs to restore all we have lost from our past. Sound good? So what do we have to do? Rely on Him; He will restore your soul.
Thursday: Amy brought it back to us with pray about it, write about it and share about it. The method of praying scripture will be such a refreshment to your daily prayer life. Talking to God about His word and using it personally in your life can bring so much more freedom and gives you more insight into who He is. When you are praying, stop and listen for that still small voice to speak—don’t be in such a hurry or routine, you pray through and move on. Take time to write about the four areas we discussed: physical, emotional, relational and spiritual. Are you hurting? Tired? Angry? Listen to how you are reacting to others and are you relying on God? Once you have taken the time to write about it then share with your accountability partner if you are having any difficult areas; also remember what is very important: CELEBRATE THE VICTORIES no matter how small you may think them to be.
As we take time to reflect this weekend and begin to prepare for the last week, take time to look back in your journals and see how far God has brought you in this healing. Begin to thank Him for bringing you through your past and into the present with hope for the future. Thank Him for being the awesome God He is, thank Him for others He has placed in your life, thank Him for your recovery, and thank Him for your church. Remain in this ‘attitude of gratitude’ through this next week as we embark on how He wants us to use our recovery.
Most gracious Father, we come to You with humble and grateful hearts as we end this week. Father, I thank You for each one of these amazing women in this study. Keep them safe, guard their hearts, and help them to rejoice in their healing. Lord, help us to set aside the distractions of this world to focus and listen to Your voice, whether it is the BIG show or the still small voice. Help us to understand what You have planned for each one of us and prepare us for this. Let others see You through our words and actions. We thank You for Your perfect grace and forgiveness. Father, as we continue on this race help us to keep humble giving all the glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!
We have talked about celebrating the victories, no matter how small. We would love to celebrate with you. After reading this, if you are comfortable, share what victories you have had through this study.
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