Under Construction? Be Ready for God to Work

Under Construction? Be Ready for God to Work“We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.”—Life Recovery Step 6

If you needed to remodel your house, where would you start? You would need to hire a contractor you trust and let them do the work. Similarly, if you are in recovery from addiction, you are under construction and God is your contractor. In Life Recovery Step 6, you must be ready for God to remove your defects.

Being under construction is difficult because most of us naturally try to hide our flaws. However, we can never truly hide from God. David told God, “You know my thoughts even when I’m far away” (Psalm 139:2, New Living Translation).

To become the person God wants us to be, humility is essential. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” How can we be ready for God to remove our defects? Here are a few things we can do: (more…)

What is the Prerequisite for Sobriety?

What is the Prerequisite for Sobriety?Nowadays, most people think only of themselves. They want things done their way and in their time. Even some of the world’s most successful people try to promote why we should put ourselves first and be proud of ourselves and our achievements.

We should be grateful for the talents, skills, and gifts God has given us. There’s nothing wrong with this type of pride, but the kind of pride in which we become self-focused and self-elevating is wrong. Pride won’t help us in recovery. Instead, what we need most of all is humility.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines humility as “freedom from pride or arrogance: the quality or state of being humble.”

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Character Doesn’t Change Overnight—And Here’s Why

Character Doesn’t Change Overnight—And Here’s WhyEver wonder why God forgives a person who puts their faith in Him and wipes their slate clean but doesn’t instantly change their character?

God doesn’t automatically transform a person’s character because He expects them to do the demanding work it takes to follow Christ.

The life of a follower of Christ is often depicted in the Bible as a field to cultivate:

Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you. — Hosea 10:12, NLT

Likewise, a follower of Christ must work hard to grow spiritually and become fruitful. (more…)

Our Failures Reveal Our Powerlessness and Need for God

Our Failures Reveal Our Powerlessness and Need for GodLife Recovery Step One says, “We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies and that our lives had become unmanageable.”

In Step One, one must realize they cannot meet God’s standards. Many addicts who are starting recovery think they can do everything in their own strength, but trying to do it all without any help is not the solution. Why? Because no one can do it all. Everyone falls short—no one is perfect. So, God gave the law as a measuring stick to reveal that no one can meet God’s holy and perfect standards.

The apostle Paul wrote: (more…)

Life Recovery Step Twelve: Carry the Message to Others

Carry the Message to OthersAfter embarking on the journey of Life Recovery and completing Steps One through Eleven, the last step is Step Twelve. Step Twelve of Life Recovery says, “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we have tried to carry this message to others, and to follow these principles in everything we do.”

To “carry this message to others” and to help them get off the wrong path and onto the right one, there are four important qualities one must have.

First, it takes courage. Whether at a meeting or in everyday life, God will provide many opportunities to share the message of Life Recovery. Find a Life Recovery Group, participate in the weekly meetings, invite others to attend, mentor someone, or even lead a Life Recovery Group. Learn how to start a Life Recovery Group.

Secondly, it takes gentleness. (more…)