As we prepare for the upcoming ‘Celebrate Recovery Australia Training and Networking Seminar’ I find myself again reading John Baker’s book ‘Your First Step to Celebrate Recovery’. Thinking particularly of the 7 essential ‘Keys to Celebrate Recovery’. I am drawn to page 21 of the book and John Baker finally writing a thirteen-page, single-spaced letter to Pastor Rick Warren on his God given vision of a Christ-centered recovery program. A program provided by the church to provide a safe place where families could find healing and restoration; where moms,dads, and children of all ages could find freedom from their hurts, hang-ups and habits.
When presented with the letter Rick Warren responded “It’s a great idea John, I would like you to do it.”
So began the ‘SENIOR PASTOR SUPPORT’ of Celebrate Recovery, and God blessed it.
2 Corinthians 9:13 says “Those you help will be glad not only because of your generous gifts to themselves and to others, but they will praise God for this proof that your deeds are as good as your doctrine.”
Demonstrating our faith through our actions shows others we are believers of the Word: Attendance at Celebrate Recovery, prayer, good deeds will not by themselves demonstrate this to others. Daily relationship with God in our lives changes us. Confidence that God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will is all the evidence we need to support each other on this ‘Road to Recovery.’
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Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end.
You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved.
Recovery is not a ‘Quick Fix’ It takes time (and lots of it to achieve lasting, growing recovery) Recovery is life-long observation and implementation of the ‘Recovery Principles’ and it requires endurance. I am sure we have all seen people come and go in recovery. Good people, with good intentions who for one reason or another have been unable to endure the difficulties that come from ‘Turning our lives and will over to the care of God.’
Endurance requires preparation: Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 10:22 that they would be hated because they belonged to Him. But, if the endured their reward would be their salvation. Jesus taught His disciples then importance of being prepared, without worrying.
Endurance grows out of commitment to Jesus: We will all encounter people in or recoveries who will persecute us for what we are doing. Some, may even try to guilt us back into our addictions and compulsions. But He (Jesus) tells us to hold on to the knowledge that salvation belongs to us. Standing firm in recovery is not the way to salvation but it is evidence that we are committed to Jesus and His new way for us to live.
God makes endurance worthwhile: Keeping our cool when things go wrong keeps us morally when temptation comes (and it will come to us all) Helps us resist and stay focused when the pressures of responsibility come and make us question or own ability to endure. When we are in relationship with Jesus Christ; reading the Bible, praying regularly, listening and responding to the Holy Spirits leading we know without of doubt we have all we require to endure whatever occurs in our lives on a daily basis.
Lord help me to endure, to stay focused and committed to your will for my life, to go wherever yo lead me and to do whatever you tell me to. Amen