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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“Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices.” Jeremiah 25:5
One way we can honor God is to accept His discipline and build upon the lessons we have learned from our past.
Learning requires and develops humility. To be under His discipline means to willingly and humbly come before Him to learn what He wants to teach us.
Meditation on what God wants.
Self-control in the face of adversity.
Dependence on God to teach us loving life lessons.
Everyday God wants to teach us new lessons. And He wants us to do our homework.
Are you doing yours?
Philippians 2:4 says: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” We need to learn and express genuine concern for each other as we travel the ‘Road to Recovery’. Only the will we faithfully represent the ‘Love of God.’
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
We are encouraged through encouraging others: In Romans 1:11-12 Paul prayed for the chance to visit other Christians and encourage them with his faith and be encouraged by theirs. In recovery, as people devoted to the One true Higher Power, Jesus Christ we need to offer fellowship, comfort and encouragement to others, both in CR and outside, who, are still suffering from the negative effects of their hurts, hang-ups and habits.
Our faith in the ‘power to overcome’ through application of the principles of recovery gives us a common purpose of encouraging each other.
We were under God’s curse, doomed forever for our sins. We went along with the crowd and were just like all the others, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air, who is at work right now in the hearts of those who are against the Lord. Our sins telling your mouth what to say! Our words based on clever deception.
We follow God’s example in everything we do just as a much loved child imitates his father.
We keep putting into practice all we learn from others and see them doing.
We have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us, so we strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.
Ephesians 2:1-2, Job 15:4, Ephesians 5:1, Philippians 4:9, Hebrews 12:1
A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t and even brags about it! Proverbs 13:16 (TLB)
Faith is about taking risks, being prepared to trust God to help you do what you have been unable to do on your own previously Being spontaneous in recovery is not always the best approach. There is a place in the recovery process for planning and
self-discipline. Some of us think planning restricts our spiritual growth and so we chose not to.The reality is planning frees us up to enjoy today and be productive in it. We all need to take time to plan our course of action and to priorities the steps ahead as we travel the ‘Road to Recovery’ and freedom.