LESSONS 14 – 15 PRINCIPLE 5: Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make…
Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek” (Matthew 5:5)
STEP 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1)
Recap from The Last Steps
In the last two previous steps we put our hopes on a higher power, God, with an open mind, and He began the change in us, walking us back to sanity according to His promises. The Lord is our strength because our own strength could do that. We accepted the changes the He is making in us, turning us over to a new life. We now live a life of integrity, trust in the higher power. The healing process has begun.
In this session we will focus on Turn and Action.
LESSON 5: TURN
On this path to our recovery, TURN, means Trust, Understand, Repent, New Life.
Trust: The literary meaning of Trust is “the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something”. However, the trust in God goes beyond believing in Him and what He says. Trust in the Lord is a faith that lets us boldly serve with the confidence that no matter the outcome He will take care of things for us; no matter the wrong turns, He will save us. Bible says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)
Understand: Human understanding is limited. There were some things we believed were fool-proof years ago that turned out to be wrong today. However, God never changes, and His words never fail. There will be competing pathways to recovery out there based on human psychology, but I will rather go with the word of God than the word of man. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
Repent: Repentance is neither being better than our neighbors nor being moral. True repentance means turning away from our sins (confess and forgo them); and turning towards God (accept Jesus as your Lord and personal savior). Repentance should not be out of fear of getting punished, rather the desire to start enjoying a fruitful Christian life. Bible says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
New life: You probably have heard many definitions of life all based on experiences on Earth – excitement, disappointments, worries, regrets, longevity, etc. How about peace of mind on earth and eternal life in heaven? That is only possible through Christ. We are on a path to peace of mind after our full recovery because now it’s a new life controlled by Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
LESSON 6 – ACTION
ACTION: Action here means: Accept, Commit, Turn it over, It’s only the beginning, One day at a time, Next step.
Accept: Accept Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior. What does this mean? When a visitor stands at our door and knock, we must open the door for him/her to be able to come in. Jesus is always at the door of our hearts knocking, we need to open the door to let him in. When he comes in, he cleans out all the things that are not supposed to be there. “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 that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).
Commit: Once we accept Jesus as our savior, we must commit to doing his will. Our willpower becomes the willingness to accept God’s will in our lives. “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground”. (Psalm 143:10).
Turn it over: We must surrender all to Jesus and turn over our burdens to him. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28- 30).
It’s only the beginning: After we have made the decision to accept Jesus, as our savior, remember this is only the beginning of a lifelong process. This is only the beginning of a daily Christian life.
One day at a time: Recovery from hurts, hang-ons and habits is not a one-stop event. It happens gradually, one day at a time. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Let go of the past, but don’t worry too much about tomorrow. Take it easy, one day at a time. Remember you are not alone, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Jesus said “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
Next Step. The next step is to establish a “spiritual B.A.S.E.” for your life by answering the following questions – BASE:
Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and showed He was God by coming back to life? (1 Corinthians 15:2–4)
Accept God’s free forgiveness for my sins? (Romans 3:22)
Switch to God’s plan for my life? (Mark 1:16; Romans 12:2)
Express my desire for Christ to be the director of my life? (Romans 10:9).
Congratulations for coming this far.