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19 Mar

When our burdens become heavy and we see that our way of life is leading us toward pain, disappointment and death, we may finally become willing to let someone else do the driving.   We’ve probably worked hard at trying to get our lives on the right track, but still feel like we always end up on a dead-end street.  Many of us have turned to look toward Christ for help but we are still holding onto the steering wheel.   We’ve been created with the supreme privilege of freewill, the ability to choose.  Even when we are in the bondage of our addictions/behaviors we still have choices confronting us.   When we are in recovery, we face the lure of choosing to fall back into our addictions/behaviors.   But the freedom to choose brings with it the result of our actions, our choices. 

 Choices??  Where are your decisions leading you??  Are you ready to take ACTION!

                                 Accept
                                Commit
                                Turn it over
                                It’s only the beginning
                                One day at a time
                                Next step

 Principle 3 – Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

                         “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” Matthew 5:5

 Accept – The first part of this principle asks us to “choose to commit my life”.   Many do not understand that putting off the decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Higher Power, as their Savior, is really a choice to not accept him.  In Revelation 3:20 Christ says, “Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If ANYONE hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”  

 Commit – It’s only after we accept Jesus Christ that we begin to find the power to act on the second part of this principle, “commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control”.   Most of us have tried to run our life on our own power and will, and we’ve found this approach to be less than successful.   We need to change our definition of willpower.   WILLPOWER is the willingness to accept God’s power.    “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”  Psalm 143:9-10.

 Turn it over – We all come to God with a past.   Turn over all the big things and the little things in your life to your Higher Power.   Jesus Christ wants a relationship with ALL of us.  What burdens are you carrying that you might want to turn over to God.   We need to hand over our successes and failures, all of our yesterdays and the scars they left in our lives.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.

It’s only the beginning – When we make the choice to accept Jesus Christ as our Higher Power that is a once-in-a-lifetime decision, the most important decision of our lives.   The new life that begins with this decision is followed by a lifelong process of growth.   Christ will help us keep growing.  “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:6.

One day at a time – Jesus give us instructions for living in 24-hour segments, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble on its own”, Matthew 6:34.  We need to learn to live in TODAY.  Everyone would like to go back and change something in their past, and on the other side of that how many of us have wasted today worrying about tomorrow.   We can though, with the guidance and direction of our Higher Power, make a difference in the way we live out each one of the todays God’s gives us.

Next step – So what’s the next step….Take Action and work step 3.    Make that decision to “turn your live and your will over to the care of God.”    I you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Higher Power that’s the step you need to take. Ask Him into your heart to be your personal Savior.     If you have already accepted Christ as your Higher Power, then whatever hurt, habit or hang-up that you might be struggling with or holding on to commit to turn it over to Him.  

Hi, my name is Janie.   I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who is celebrating recovery from an unforgiving heart.    I was that person looking toward Jesus for help but couldn’t figure out how to let go of the wheel, driving myself down a path of pain and destruction.   What a blessing Celebrate Recovery has been in my life as I found a safe place to find help and hope with others who have also found healing.   I invite you to come and join us, check it out for yourselves!    The decision is yours.

Making Jesus your B.A.S.E.

22 Mar

Guilt

AngEr

FEAr

DEprESSion

Worry/AnxiEty

Control

DouBt

PridE

Any of these plague you?  What to get rid of them and not be stuck?  What of those chains burden you?

Does it help to know that someone already took those burdens?  His name was Jesus Christ – as God’s Son, he took the penalty of sin on the cross.

It’s so very easy to make the statement that you believe in Jesus!  The difficult part is making him the Lord of your life.  Ouch… I think all of us can be tried GUILTY on that count.  Luckily, we still don’t have to!  God is not the Father of pointing fingers… He’s the Father of LOVE.  That’s why He sent his Son in the first place.

Here’s the alternative… which do you prefer?  Guilt becomes comfort, anger becomes calm, fear becomes trust, depression becomes contentment, worry/anxiety becomes peace, control becomes dependence, doubt becomes belief, and pride becomes humilty.  All with the blood of Jesus!

Make him the BASE of your life!  Just like in archery when your goal is to hit the middle of the target, focus on Jesus being the ultimate center of your life.  The Bible promises that everything will fall into place… life won’t be a rose garden, but there will be peace and comfort knowing Who is in control.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do I:

B:  Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and showed He was God by coming back to life?

A:  Accept God’s free forgiveness for my sins?

S:  Switch to God’s plan for my life?

E:  Express my desire for Christ to be the director of my life?

We would love to talk to you more about how to make Jesus that B.A.S.E.  Please email us at fbdcelebraterecovery@gmail.com.  You can also comment on the blog, and a leader in CR will contact you.

Now… let’s do some target practice!

Claire

Baby Steps to ACTION

22 Mar

I admit it. I cheated. I graduated from CR my first time through by
rushing past the ACTION Step (Step 3, Principle 3) without establishing my
BASE. Pastor Rick Warren’s advise on establishing a “spiritual base” for
action in our lives asks four key questions:

1. Do I…Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and showed He was
God by coming back to life?
2. Do I…Accept God’s free forgiveness for my sins?
3. Do I…Switch to God’s plan for my life?
4. Do I…Express my desire to Christ to be the director of my life?

Like most folks at CR First Baptist Dallas, I could confidently claim “I
believe.” But, I believed long before I got into CR and never risked
coming out of my old sinful habits. I had become comfortable with my sin
and figured “the program” would take care of the rest. It didn’t. I needed
to take further ACTION for real healing to begin.

So, during my second tour through CR, I took my first baby step. I
actually Accepted God’s free forgiveness and finally forgave myself for
all the damage I had done. I wanted to get rid of that guilt, but in some
sick way, I hung onto it longer than I needed to.

I still couldn’t Switch to God’s plan though, because I needed make a
decision. I needed to wholeheartedly Express my desire for Christ to lead
me. I liked being my own leader. It gave me freedom to run with the devil
or run with Christ at my choosing.

But oh, how that dual master ran me ragged! I ran high and low and hot and
cold, and the friction ate me up. Being my own boss wasn’t working. In
fact, it led me to ruin. So I took another baby step and Expressed to
Jesus my desire for Him to take over EVERYTHING.

That’s when I circled back to complete my BASE. My plan for my life had
led to a long string of disasters. My next baby step – the one I still
have to take every day, moment to moment – was to consciously Switch to
God’s plan for my life.

Jeremiah 29: 11-13 says, ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares
the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and
I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with
all your heart.”’

Dear loving Father, please help me to call upon you in all things, and
come in prayer to you daily. Please help me to seek you with all my heart
and find you waiting to catch me, as I wobble toward you, moment to
moment, one baby step at a time. Amen.

Joe

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