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Lesson 24

Yes

Principle 8: Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” (Matthew 5:10)

Step 12: Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)

Introduction

Modern technology is something else! Take an old, beat-up Diet Coke can—dirty, dented, holes in it. A few years ago, it would have been thrown in the garbage and deemed useless, of no value. Today it can be recycled, melted down, purified, and made into a new can—shiny and clean—that can be used again.

We’re going to talk about recycling tonight—recycling your pain by allowing God’s fire and light to shine on it, to melt down your old hurts, habits, and hang-ups so they can be used again in a positive way. They can be recycled to show others how you worked the principles and steps with Jesus’ healing into the solution and how you have come through the darkness of your pain into Christ’s glorious freedom and light.

Society tells us that pain is useless. In fact, people are coming to believe that people in pain are useless! At Celebrate Recovery, we know that pain has value, as do the people who experience it. So while the world says no, tonight we say yes!

Yes

Tonight’s acrostic  couldn’t be any more positive! It is the word YES.

Yield myself to God

Example is what is important

Serve others as Jesus Christ did

The Y is Principle 8 itself: YIELD myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.

To truly practice this principle, we must give God the latitude He needs to use us as He sees fit. We do that by presenting everything we have—our time, talents, and treasures—to Him. We hold loosely all that we call our own, recognizing that all of it comes from His hand. When we have yielded to Him, God can use us as His instruments to carry the message to others in word and action.

Galatians 6:1–2 (TLB) tells us: “If a Christian is overcome by some sin, … humbly help him back onto the right path, remembering that the next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.”

People take your example far more seriously than they take your advice.

That leads us to the E in yes: EXAMPLE is what is important!

Your walk needs to match your talk. We all know that talk is cheap, because the supply always exceeds the demand.

If you want someone to see what Christ will do for them, let them see what Christ has done for you.

Here is a question to ask yourself when you get to this principle: Does my lifestyle reflect what I believe? In other words, does it show others the patterns of the world—selfishness, pride, and lust—or does it reflect the love, humility, and service of Jesus Christ?

“Arouse the love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith” (1 Timothy 1:5, GNB).

This year, we have all been blessed by some outstanding and courageous testimonies at Celebrate Recovery.  These people believe in Principle 8! They believe in it enough to share not only in the safety of their small groups but also with the whole recovery family.  They stood up here and shared their weaknesses and strengths with others who are suffering from similar pain, hurts, hang-ups, and habits. They gave others a piece of their heart—not a piece of their mind.

Our goal again for next year is to have two testimonies each month as we work on each step. So, if you have been in recovery for awhile and haven’t shared your story as yet, get busy, write it out, and get it to me. We need to hear and you need to share your miracle in the coming year.

The last letter in yes is S: SERVE others as Jesus Christ did.

When you have reached Principle 8, you are ready to pick up the “Lord’s towel,” the one with which He washed the disciples’ feet in the upper room the night before He was crucified.

Jesus said, “And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow: do as I have done to you” (John 13:14–15, TLB).

You don’t all have to give your testimonies to three hundred people to do service. All service ranks the same with God. You can say “y-e-s” to Principle 8 in many ways!

1.     Be an accountability partner. Find someone in your small group who agrees to encourage and support you as you work through the principles. You agree to do the same for that person. You hold one another accountable for working an honest program.

2.     Be a sponsor. Sponsors are people who have worked the steps. Their job is to guide newcomers on their journey through the steps, to give a gentle nudge when they are procrastinating or to slow them down when they are rushing through a step. Sponsors do so by sharing their personal journey on their road to recovery.

3.     Become a greeter. Greeters get to Celebrate Recovery at 6:45 p.m. They welcome and provide directions for newcomers. They provide the newcomer with the important first impression of Celebrate Recovery!

4.     Help with the Solid Rock Cafe. You need to arrive by 6:00 p.m. to help set up. If you can’t get here early, stay a few minutes after to help clean up. You can bake a cake.

5. Help set up  and break down, power point, sound, clean up….

6.     Invite someone to church. Ask someone from your secular groups or a neighbor, a friend, or a coworker!

The world is full of two kinds of people—givers and takers. The takers eat well and the givers sleep well. Be a giver. There are many, many more areas to serve! Make suggestions! Get involved!

Principle 8 comes down to this: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Make your life a mission, not an intermission!

We need you to share your experiences, strengths, and hopes with newcomers here on Friday nights. You do that as leaders, sponsors, and accountability partners. But the church also needs your service. As you serve outside of Celebrate Recovery, you can share with others and get them into recovery when they are ready to work on their hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

Every morning, before I get out of bed I pray this Principle 8 prayer:

Dear Jesus, as it would please You, bring me someone today whom I can serve. Amen.

Will you pray it this week?

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Grace

Principle 6: Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.

“Happy are the merciful.” (Matthew 5:6) “Happy are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23–24)

Introduction

Tonight, we are going to finish discussing Principle 6. We have talked about how to evaluate all our relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt us, and make amends for the harm that we have done to others, when possible without expecting anything back.

As we grow as Christians and as we grow in our recovery, we want to follow the guidance and directions of Jesus Christ. As we get to know Him better, we want to model His teachings and model His ways. We want to become more like Him. Honestly, if we are going to implement Principle 6 to the best of our ability, we need to learn to model God’s grace. But how?

Grace

The key verses of Celebrate Recovery are 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (NCV): “But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.’ So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles for Christ. Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong.”

Celebrate Recovery is built on and centered in Christ’s grace and love for each of us. (more…)

In the first principle, we admitted we were powerless. Now in the second principle, we come to believe God exists, that we are important to Him, and that we are able to receive God’s power to help us recover. It’s in the second step we find HOPE!

Higher Power Our higher power is Jesus Christ.

“Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power.” Romans 11:36,
“My grace is enough for r you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.” 2Corinthinas 12:9..

Openness to change:

“Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, You must be a new and different person.” Ephesians 4:23

Power to change:

“For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and the power.” Philippians 4:13
“Lead me; teach me; for you are the God who gives me salvation. I have not hope except in
you.” Psalm 25

Expect to change:

“I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping
you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus
Christ return.” Philippians 1:6
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we don’ to see.”
Hebrews 11:1

Principle Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)

Step 2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13)
2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.

This week consider the following:
• In the past where were you looking for hope?
• What is your current belief about God’s characteristics?
• Compare and contrast God with your Earthly father. Compare and contrast your feelings for God vs. and your earthly father taking this step, where were you trying to find hope?
• How can knowing Jesus help you step out of denial and into reality?
• out of your denial and face reality?
• What are things are you ready to change
• in your life?
Anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

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Step 10

Would you rather be right or well?

First John 1:8–10 (TLB) says: “If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves, and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. (And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins). If we claim we have not sinned, we are lying and calling God a liar, for he says we have sinned.”

In John 3:21 Jesus tells us, “Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light.” Step 10 brings us, on a daily basis, into the light.

Once we see the light, we have a choice. We can ignore it or we can act on it. If we act, we are living the last part of Step 10 and answer the “then what” question. We NEED to admit our wrongs promptly.

 

 

In Matthew 5:23–24 (MSG), Jesus tells us, “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then, and only then, come back and work things out with God.”  (click here for complete lesson)

 

 

 

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Principle 7: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.

  In the past I heard a sermon series on Luke 24. In verse 13 the story known as the road to Emmaus begins. In brief it is the story of two of Jesus’ disciples. The lesser know variety but none the less devout followers who were basically in shock from the recent crucifixion. As they were walking along they were discussing the recent events when Jesus strolled up beside them and joined in their conversation. Acting like he wasn’t aware of what happened till they related their version of what they had seen happen. You see they thought their messiah was coming to wipe away the Roman rule and establish an earthly kingdom. Restore justice and right standing for the chosen of God. They watched in horror as their own religious leaders handed him over to the Romans and they crucified him. Talk about dreams being shattered.  They related to Jesus how after his crucifixion that he had been laid in a tomb only to come up missing a few days later. They were so disillusioned and confused. Even though they were taught the Old Testament prophesies they still were lost and unaware of what the future was all about. So they were headed back to Emmaus to pick up where they left off, virtual prisoners in an enemy occupied country. Not in any way good but familiar. Not too challenging, but it was what they had grown use to accepting.

Sound at all familiar?

That’s relapse. It starts gradually,

subtly.  It starts by going back to what is old and familiar.

Maybe you find yourself looking up an old friend on Facebook.

Or maybe you find yourself casually almost accidentally cruising by an old hangout or watering hole than kind of looking maybe seeing if you recognize someone you knows’ car or looking at the door to see if you recognize anyone coming out.

You start with thinking about how good the old days were.

 I  go back to what I’ve known the longest when I lose sight of what God is doing in my life and it’s not looking the way I thought it would or it’s taking longer than I thought. What he has promised is His plan for my life is not as clear….  (to read whole lesson click here

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Step 1. We admitted we were powerless
over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become
unmanageable.


I know that nothing good lives
in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good,
but I cannot carry it out. (Romans 7:18)


Step 2.  We came to believe that a power
greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


For it is God who works in you
to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)


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)


Step 4. We made a searching and fearless
moral inventory of ourselves.


Let us examine our ways and
test them, and let us return to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:40)


Step 5.  We admitted to God, to
ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


Therefore confess your sins to
each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16)


Step 6.  We were entirely ready to have
God remove all these defects of character.


Humble yourselves before the
Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10)


Step 7.  We humbly asked Him to remove
all our shortcomings.


If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)


Step 8. We made a list of all persons we
had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.


Do to others as you would have
them do to you. (Luke 6:31)


Step 9. We made direct amends to such
people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


Therefore, if you are offering
your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something
against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be
reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)


Step 10. We continued to take personal
inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.


So, if you think you are
standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12)


Step 11.  We sought through prayer and
mediation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge
of His will for us and power to carry that out.


Let the word of Christ dwell
in you richly. (Colossians 3:16)


Step 12. Having had a spiritual experience
as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to
practice these principles in all our affairs.


Brothers, if someone is caught
in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself,
or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

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