I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before or besides Me.
What is your greatest priority?
When asked the greatest of all the laws of Scripture Jesus answered “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:35 The first of the ten Commandments says “You shall have no other gods before me.”
Establishing, developing and maintaining personal relationship with God is the most important commitment we will ever make in life. There are many things that can demand control of our lives and seem more interesting than following God. When we give into them, they eliminate all possibility of establishing and maintaining honest relationship with God.
God loves and cares for us: Principle 2 says “I earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.”
If I am serious about recovery and changing my life to living life according to God’s Word I need to make my most important priority: Establishing, developing and maintaining personal relationship with God.
PRAYER: Lord, today help me not be be teamed p with those who do not love You! Help me to seek after Your will for my life and to follow through on my part of my recovery walk so You can follow through on Your promises in my life. Show me how to keep my focus today and everyday on establishing, developing and maintaining a stronger relationship with You. AMEN
In Isaiah 57:18–19 God says of his people that he has seen how they acted but he will forgive and restore them.
For us that means:
• If you’ve been hurt: God wants to heal you.
• If you’re confused: God wants to lead you.
• If you’ve ever felt you were helpless to change anything: God wants to help you.
• If you’ve ever felt no one understands your problem: God wants to comfort you.
• If you feel worried or afraid: God wants to offer peace to you.
Welcome to Celebrate Recovery!
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace
I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled of afraid.”
Many of come to recovery believing we have the worries of the world resting on our shoulders.. The reality is God can bring us peace in the midst of or worries, all we need to do is ask Him to help…
Realize I am not God. I admit that I am powerless over my tendency to do the wrong thing, and that my life is unmanageable.
Most of us end up in recovery because the hurts, habits and hang-ups have made areas of our lives unmanageable We are unable to manage on or own and need new disciplines in or lives to help us manage.
As we begin 2014 we need to adapt to God’s discipline as a new way of daily living.
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?” Hebrews 12:7
God is our Heavenly Father, who loves us and wants us to live according to His word for our own protection. And, when we get it wrong He will discipline us, because He loves us.
When He does we need to understand His discipline is proof of His love for and take time to talk to Him about what He wants us to learn from our mistakes.
Don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books. So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our
Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-11