Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Psalm 50:14
– Remember what God has done.
Focus on God and remember He is
In control. Set aside ‘quiet time’ to
build your relationship with Him.
– Tell others about it.
We cannot predict who will respond
to God’s calling through hearing our
experience, strength and hope. We
must never prevent someone from
having the opportunity to by keeping
– Show God’s glory in you life.
The more we know Christ the more
we reflect His glory. The Holy Spirit
helps us change our lives. The closer
we follow Jesus, the more we
become like Him.
– Serve God and others.
Service to others is a way of serving
God. To live for Christ we must be
willing to do and to say what He
would do and say. We must be
willing to give when others take, to
live when others hate and to help
where others don’t.
Often the people we think least likely to make progress in recovery experience healing and life transformation because they are humble enough to ask God for help,
We are accountable for every word that we speak: “The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” Matthew 12:36
God is not content with us doing the right thing some of the time. He wants us to do the right thing all the time. That’s why Principle eight says “I yield myself to God to be used to bring this ‘Good News’ to others, both by my examples and my words.”
WATCH WHAT YOU SAY!
After one week of 2014 I am sorry to say it has not been a very ‘Happy New Year’. One man dead due to heart attack at a time when he had made the decision to ‘turn his life around’. One man murdered, tragically as he slept on the streets of Melbourne. Each of us needs to pay attention to these two losses of life, years before they were expected.
This year – 2014 at Celebrate Recovery in Melbourne it is my hope CR will be a place of:
Helping – In John 9:38 we read the of the disciples jealousy of a man Jesus healed because they were more concerned about themselves than others. It is my hope people will find help in CR, even when they are (1) Different, and don’t fit into our mould. (2) Difficult, and don’t see the big picture of what God can do in their lives if they trust Him. (3) Disorderly, and fail to comply to our standards of behavior
Healing – In Matthew 4:23 we read how Jesus traveled through Galilee teaching, preaching and healing both physical and spiritual sickness. It is my hope that as people enter CR we will be confident there is no sin or problem to big to be healed by Jesus offering of freedom, hope and peace of heart through Celebrate Recovery.
Happiness – Matthew 5:11-12 teaches us that happiness is much more that how we feel. When Jesus talks about s being blessed He is talking about us experiencing hope and joy outside of our circumstances that can only be found through personal relationship with Him.
People, lets take this shocking week at the start of 2014 and make it count, make it spur s in to be all that God wants us to be in and through the ministry of CR so at the end of this year we can all look back at this time as a time we learned to depend on God for all our needs.
This week at CR in Melbourne we are looking at lesson 15.
Victory can be measured differently for all of us. If someone is homeless for 15-20 years and suddenly has a number of weeks in safe, secure, alcohol and drug free accommodation that may not seem like a victory to some. But for the person going through the experience it can be a massive victory of the first steps to changed life. someone has been addicted to alcohol and drugs for 2-3 years and has a number of clean months that may seem like failure to some of us but to the person experience clean, sober living for the first time in years it can the beginning of hope of finally beating their addiction. A person attends their first Celebrate Recovery meeting, doesn’t participate much but listens in the large group and in the small group. At the end of the evening they decide “it’s not for me” but I got on with ???? so I will stay in touch with them. It may seem like failure to us but a seed has been planted, and God is at work.
Proverbs 21:31 says we should “do our best – prepare for the worst and trust God to bring VICTORY!“
It is important for us all on the ‘Road to Recovery’ yo remember we are not responsible for the victory – ours or other people’s. We are responsible for taking responsibility for our own recoveries, putting in the best effort we can to live as God calls s to live and leave the results in His hands.
JOIN US! Thursday night, 7:00pm at CR Melbourne, The Salvation Army, 69 Bourke Street (on the first floor)