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Lesson 20

 “Watch and pray so that you do not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:38:

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

*Daily self examination = daily inventory

Why Journal:

  • ·         To see patterns identify triggers 
  •           To see the exact nature of my wrongs (so that I can become willing to have God remove them)
  •           To have something I can cross off
  • ·          To helps  me to process better
  • ·          To zero in on my stuff (using I statements).

 

Tips to Getting Started

 

  • ·         Start with one positive thing that I did (#1 can be “I’m writing my journal)
  • ·         Have someone help you be accountable
  • ·         have a time and place set aside just for journaling
  • ·         use a timer, limits on time keep me from hyper focusing , or feeling overwhelmed
  • ·         Keep it simple (no editing necessary, doodle, draw, scribble..it’s yours)
  • ·         Use a check-up list to help you:

           

CR suggest using  the Fruit of the Spirit:

 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22–23,

 

Daily ask yourself any of these questions to prompt your writing, starting each question with the word Today:

  •   Did I act in loving ways?  How was I un-loving to someone?
  •  Did I act in ways that revealed my  joy  of the Lord?  If not why not?
  •   How was my serenity, my peace? Did anything happen that caused me to lose it? What was my part in it?
  •  Was I patient? What caused me to lose my patience? Do I owe anyone amends?
  •  Would anyone say that I was kind/good? In what ways did I act unkind?
  •  How was my faithfulness?  Did I keep my word with everyone?
  •  How was my gentleness and self-control; was I under control?

( Better yet; Under God’s control)?   Did I lose my temper; speak a harsh or unkind word to someone?   

 

Notice that these questions are about ACTIONS We are not making amends for how we think or feel.

  ..“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart … soul and … mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  James 1:22

  “Our very lives were further proof to you of the truth of our message…”            1 Thessalonians 1:5 (TLB),

 

These 3 scriptures remind us that we “may be the only Bible people will read.”  Principal 7 is about relationships. 
 Isolating may keep your own side of the street clean, but we are called love others.  

 

Types of Inventory:

Ongoing: make amends as soon as you are made aware

Daily: check in with God and yourself every day

Periodic: review several months of journals celebrate and seek God’s intervention

 

Bible verses to learn and follow for step 10:

 “Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive.” (Proverbs 16:23, GNB)

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word, nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth, but only such (speech) as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others.” (Ephesians 4:29, AB)

“A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.” (Proverbs 16:21, GNB)

“A word of encouragement does wonders!” (Proverbs 12:25, TLB)

“If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them, and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise.” (1 Corinthians 13:1, TLB)

 notes from Celebrate Recovery® Lesson 20 Daily Inventory