"But we must keep going in the direction that we are now headed." Philippians 3:16 CEV
Thoughts for Today
This week we've looked at the importance of acknowledging any life-controlling problem in your life, admitting it to God and to yourself, asking him for forgiveness and help, accepting responsibility, sharing your struggle with a friend and preparing to move on. Then begins the process of walking out the changes—to keep going in the direction that you are now headed.
These changes may involve steps like stopping the use of alcohol or drugs or pornography, ending an unhealthy relationship, reordering priorities, becoming accountable to a support group, and going to church regularly. The negative behavior caused by your problem may have destroyed your self-esteem. You might still be dealing with anger, fear and shame.
Consider this …
As you begin to walk out the changes in your life and to see yourself as God's special creation, it is vital that you walk in agreement with God. Agreement that he has forgiven you. Agreement that he will give you the strength you need. Agreement that he created you for a positive purpose and will help you accomplish that purpose. Agreement that you will submit to him and put him first in all you do. Agreement that he loves you and will be with you through every trial, through every circumstance, through every difficult step—and that with his help, you can do it. "Christ gives me the strength to face anything." (Philippians 4:13)
Father, thank you for helping me get turned around. Help me keep going in the right direction. Thank you for the promise that you will give me the strength to face anything. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Stepping into Freedom: A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This twelve-step program is suggested for use in support groups, recovery groups and home groups. It offers help for anyone struggling with a life-controlling problem like drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling or workaholism. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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