Ephesians 2:1-6, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…”
Everyone MUST reckon the truth of God and His love if you are to find His way of recovery. One person recently said about her recovery and God: “I have been a member of a 12-step program for over 25 years. I strongly believe in these programs. The notion of God is a problem for many people coming into 12-step programs, but the steps emphasize God “as we understand him” in order to allow each of us to choose our own Higher Power: a traditional God, a universal spirit, the good, humanity, love, etc. Many old-timers say “any Higher Power is OK as long as it’s not you”. It is so sad to me that this lady does not truly understand God’s love.
What is the language of recovery in the Bible? What is the one thread seen throughout all the text on victorious living and overcoming and not falling? That “thread” is God saying to you and to me, “I Love You.”
People who walk in victory do not get stuck on their sin, or their failures, but rather focus on the fact of His love. He loves you. Choose a verse today and meditate on it.
Romans 8:37, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
1John 5:3-4, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments… (4) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
2Corinthians 5:14-17, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead… (17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Jude 1:21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life…. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy…”
Ephesians 5:25-26 , “…Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word…”
Jeremiah 31:3 , “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Deuteronomy 7:8, “But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
Galatians 2:20, “ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”