■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
■YIELD MYSELF TO GOD TO BE USED TO BRING THIS GOOD NEWS TO OTHERS, BOTH BY MY EXAMPLE AND BY MY WORDS
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have completed this part of the journey of healing with us. But it is only the beginning. God is beginning a great and awesome work in each one of you. It has been an amazing privilege to go down this path with you and to see how He has been creating new creations in all of us (2 Corinthians 5:17).
This last week of the study, we discussed recycling our pain. Some quotes to remember from this week:
‘God never wastes a hurt.’
‘What joy it brings our Father in heaven to see our pain turn into something good.’
‘This is your life, child; this is why I’ve allowed so many years of pain and suffering, to help another of My children in need.’
‘We are Redeemed! What greater promise and truth is there?’
Isn’t it absolutely mind-boggling to realize that we serve a Father who loves us so much that He sent His only Son to walk on this earth…to teach us…to be punished and crucified so that we can have this freedom?! His word tells us ‘If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you’ (John 15:7). All we have to do is believe, receive, walk in His ways, give our hearts to Him, and He will give us the desire of our hearts. I have to say, I think of that and absolutely do a happy praise dance!! He is so good to us!!
At the end of the book, John Baker shares the Serenity Prayer with us. When I attended Celebrate Recovery for 2 years, we said this each week.
Prayer for Serenity
God, grant me the serenity (peace John 14:27)
to accept the things I cannot change (only You can),
the courage to change the things I can (be strong and of good courage Joshua 1:9),
and the wisdom to know the difference (Matthew 14:16).
Living one day at a time (patience),
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace (John 16:33);
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is (righteous judgment John 7:24),
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right (trust Psalm 37:3),
if I surrender to Your will (in my weakness, He is strong 2 Corinthians 12:10);
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life (content Philippians 4:11-13)
and supremely happy with You forever in the next (joy James 1:2-4).
*parenthesis are my notes as God showed me in the 2 years at Celebrate Recovery
As you say this prayer, remember John 15:7 when He tells us if we abide in Him…we can ask whatever we wish, and it will be done for us. He will give us the desires of our heart. If we truly believe and walk in this healing, He will answer this prayer with a Yes and Amen!!
Continue to immerse yourselves in His word, surround yourselves with people who will encourage and lift you up, and let Him love you and heal your hurts, habits, and hang-ups continuously. You have grabbed His hand, now continue to walk with Him down the pathway to peace. You have received VICTORY in Jesus’ name.
Take some time and listen to this song:
When you have stopped dancing and celebrating—find the closest mirror, look at the beautiful reflection God has made in you and say, ‘Look at me now, I’m stronger this time around!!’
Gracious Father, we cannot find enough words to express our thankfulness for the grace, love, and healing You have given us. Our hearts are overflowing with joy that You love us enough to clothe us in Your righteousness. Father, take our hurts, pain, habits, and hang-ups and use them to glorify Your name. It is only through You that we can truly say we are healed, we are stronger now, and we can trust that You will continue to take us on this journey to completion. As we finish this study, help us to push on, stay committed to this healing You have given us. Place people in our lives that will encourage and walk beside us. Bless each one that is reading this prayer, Father, and their families. Father, we cannot say enough how much we love You. We do give all the glory and honor to You daily. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Please be sure to check out our Facebook Fan Page on Monday, when we will announce our next online Bible study!! You won’t want to miss this one!
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