“We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.” – Life Recovery Step Six
If someone is stuck in addiction and wants to be free finally, what’s the one thing that God requires from them? Humility.
Oswald Chambers, the early twentieth-century preacher and theologian described humility as “the great characteristic of a saint.”
But many people who struggle with unhealthy habits have a hard time with humility. They believe they must do everything perfectly to recover from addiction and stay sober. But this type of perfectionistic thinking can be overwhelming—it makes individuals think they must do everything themselves and do it perfectly, or they will quit altogether. Instead of doing recovery perfectly all by oneself, Step Six requires humility because one must be “ready to have God remove these defects of character.” (more…)
When you think of power, what comes to mind? Greed? Control? Manipulation? There’s a power that is Christ-like and has the ability and the opportunity to change your life. That power is humility.
Humility allows us to have a life-giving impact or influence on other’s lives. Humility is a radical commitment to discovering the truth. Someone who is humble recognizes the truth about themselves. If we aren’t humble, we can become prideful and react out of fear. Pride says:
- “I don’t have a problem.”
- “I can do it all on my own.”
- “All I need is willpower.“
- “Nobody can help me.” (more…)
“God says, ‘Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity‘”—Isaiah 57:14
If you’re driving on a single lane road and encounter a fallen tree or powerline, what should you do? You could drive around the mess or do a U-turn, but someone must eventually clear away the clutter to make the road usable.
When Israel had been exiled, God told the prophet Isaiah, “I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway!! I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn” (Isaiah 57:18). God called Isaiah to be a prophet when he was overwhelmed with his struggles. But he turned to God anyway and was delivered from his failures. (more…)
Have you taken an inventory of your life? The purpose of taking an inventory of your life is to face the truth about yourself. Truth is the opposite of denial. By putting the truth in writing, you demonstrate that you are ready to break free from the patterns and behaviors of denial.
But taking an inventory isn’t easy. Facing the truth is painful because you must also face the reality of what you have lost in your life due to your shortcomings. It’s never easy to look at your deceits, abuses, shame, and disappointments. But even though this is a time of discomfort, know that the steps of recovery will lead you to humility and to live a life full of happiness. It may not feel that way as you work on your inventory, but those who have made the journey before you will testify to that truth.
When Jesus came to earth, He brought with Him “grace and truth” (John 1:14, ESV). Here’s how the New Living Translation puts it: (more…)
On the path of life recovery, do you often find yourself veering off course?
Staying in your lane and following the speed limit will help to protect you on the road. Similarly, when it comes to changing the course of your life, you need structure and guidance to stay on the path to recovery.
You may struggle with addiction such as chemical dependency, or you might simply be tired of having unhealthy relationships. No matter the issue you are facing, it may seem as if your life has spun out of control. If you want to stay on track and succeed in recovery, (more…)