This has been a referral that our Young Adult Crisis Hotline uses on numerous occasions daily. We have had great feed back on every referral who responds to our follow-up calls. The referrals have commented that the meetings are non-judgmental and that they are greeted with open arms. I have been so personally impressed with Celebrate Recovery, personal investment and love of individuals. Therefore, I would highly recommend a local meeting in your area if you are in the midst of crisis because of life controlling problems. God Bless.
THE TWELVE STEPS AND THEIR BIBLICAL COMPARISONS
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
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
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
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
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 5:16a
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
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
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.
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
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
We 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.
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16a
Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried 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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Considering no one is perfect it is fair to say that there is always room for improvement. We all have strengths, weaknesses, and areas in which we can improve. Begin using these 25 winning principles for personal development to see real change right away.
1. Set goals for yourself.
2. Commit your goals to paper.
3. Expect to be successful.
4. Ask for what you want.
5. Be decisive.
6. Accept responsibility for your life and your actions.
7. Proactively seek opportunities to learn and grow.
8. Make it a point to learn from key experiences.
9. Seek the lesson in any failures, mistakes, and setbacks.
10. Look for the good in every situation.
11. Seek feedback.
12. Accept constructive criticism.
13. Adapt to changes.
14. Find ways to Effectively manage stress.
15. Balance work, ministry, personal, and family life.
16. Work effectively with little or no supervision or direction.
17. Meet commitments.
18. Face fears and challenges head on.
19. Believe in yourself.
20. Refuse to compromise.
21. Follow and trust your intuition.
22. Be confident.
23. Be persistent and never give up.
24. Don’t hold grudges. Forgive, forget, and let go.
25. Go the extra mile.
Throughout the entire addiction industry, there is a belief that addiction is an incurable disease; "Once and addict, always an addict." This belief results in a life-long attempt to manage the addiction rather than seek to permanently cure it. The mental health industry goes as far as to treat the surface effects of addiction through psychotropic medication rather than the root causes. The Bible teaches that the sins of the fathers are passed down to their generations. This supports the idea that the curse and disease of sin can be passed down. However, Christ b
ecame a curse on the cross in order to redeem us from the curse and healed "all manner of disease." We believe that a recovering addict is a new creation in Christ and has no need to confess that they are current addicts, rather former addicts.The new birth has made them new. Therefore state a new creation position usually translates into new creation living as a new creation. The greatest war is over a individuals mind. How an individual personally thinks in their mind about their identity. This most of the time reveals what is happening internally and who they belong to. The son or daughter of a King can claim by right the Kingdom of his Sovereign. We are when saved translated into the Kingdom of Christ from the kingdom of Darkness.
Text: Hebrews 10:10-14, "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
Every person who has trusted Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior has been positionally sanctified by the death of Christ on the cross. But our personal and experienced sanctification is an on-going process in our daily lives. We are continually being sanctified by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. He is in the process of growing and maturing our Christian lives. How this process works has been long debated. Some suggest that we can and must be sinlessly perfect in this life before we can enter Heaven.
Others confuse the doctrine of salvation with the doctrine of sanctification. In salvation, we have been positionally made holy by Jesus Christ. We stand before God "complete" in the righteousness of Christ. In sanctification, we are continually being made holy in our personal lives, by the indwelling Spirit of God who lives within us.
In order to understand how we grow into spiritual maturity and holiness, let’s consider the biblical distinctions regarding sanctification and spiritual perfection.
THE CONCEPT OF PERFECTION
In the Word of God, perfection is presented in several ways
(1) Perfection describes Godliness. The word in the Old Testament has the meaning of "sincere" and "upright." Noah was "perfect" (Gen. 6:9, "These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."); Job was "perfect" (Job. 1:1, 8, "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil."… "And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?")
In avoiding the sins of the nations, Israel was to be "perfect" (Deut. 18:13, "Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God."); So, also, the saints of the Old Testament order will appear in heaven as "the spirits of just men made perfect" (Heb. 12:23, "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,"). The Bible does not teach that these people were sinless. They were upright and godly, but they were not sinless.
(2) Positional perfection is permanent. "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified" (Heb. 10:14). This is clearly the perfection of the work of Christ for us and not our work for Him. We are made "perfect" in Him and by Him.
(3) Personal perfection is progressive. "Are ye so foolish having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" (Galatians 3:3). We are not saved by works, nor do we become perfect by our works. Rather, our outward behavior is a barometer of our inward spiritual maturity. We are continually being perfected as we mature spiritually.
(4) Perfection involves completeness. "That ye stand perfect and complete in all the will of God" (Colossians 4:12). "Make you perfect in every good work" (Hebrews 13:21). "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect [mature] and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:4). God has begun a good work in us and He will continue to do it until He takes us home to heaven.
(5) Our ultimate perfection is in Heaven. Only in heaven will be sinlessly perfect. The word "perfection" as found in the New Testament is a translation from either one of two Greek words, one meaning "mature" and the other meaning "adjusted." And it is obvious that neither of these words has any reference to sinlessness. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us and delivers us from the Wrath of God. He also changes us as we become more and more like Christ in our daily lives. Only when we get to heaven will we have glorified bodies so that we cannot sin. Only then will we be sinlessly perfect.
THE DOCTRINE OF SANCTIFICATION
This doctrine is based on the use of the word "sanctify." The root meaning of "sanctify," "saint" and "holy" is that a person or thing is thereby said to be set apart unto God. The Bible makes it clear that believers are the objects of a three-fold sanctification:
First, Positional sanctification.
"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us…sanctification" (1 Corinthians 1:30); "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Hebrews 10:10). Thus, also the Apostle addresses all believers as "saints," and in the Scriptures reference is made to "holy prophets," "holy brethren," "holy priests," "holy women," "holy nation." Such they are by their position in Christ. He even addressed the Corinthian believers as "saints" and as already "sanctified" (I Corinthians 1:2; 6:11); yet this very letter was written to correct those Christians because of sin in their lives. They were "saints" and "sanctified" in Christ, but were far from being such in daily life.
Second, Experimental sanctification.
This aspect of the work of God for the believer is progressive in some of its aspects, and is quite in contrast to the positional sanctification which is "once for all." It is accomplished by the power of God through the Spirit and through the Word: "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Experimental sanctification in every c
ase is progressive. It should in no way be confused with incomplete yieldedness to God or incomplete victory over sin. Its meaning is that the knowledge of truth, devotion and experience are naturally subject to development By virtue of our present development, as Christians, believers experimentally are set apart unto God. That development should be advanced with each passing day by applying the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditation, and worship.
Third, Ultimate sanctification.
Even experimental sanctification will be perfected when the saints are gathered into His presence in glory. I John 3:2 says, "When He shall appear, we shall be like him," and Romans 8:29 says, "conformed to the image of his Son"
PRACTICAL TRUTHS ABOUT SANCTIFICATION.
The Bible teaching in regard to sanctification, then, is:
(1) that all believers are positionally sanctified in Christ "once for all" at the moment they are saved. This sanctification is as perfect as He is perfect.
(2) All believers are being sanctified by the power of God through the Word and this sanctification is as perfect as the believer is perfect.
(3) All believers will be sanctified and perfected. This will occur in Heaven when we are conformed into the very image of the Son of God. The believer must consciously rely on the Spirit, to change his fallen sinful nature over which he, of himself, has no sufficient control. The Christian is saved and safe in the grace of God; but he cannot command himself into a God-honoring manner of life. For this he must rely upon divine power in order that he may be saved from the power of sin, as he has already relied on the power of God to save him from the penalty of sin. God loves us so much that He sanctifies us by the power of His indwelling Spirit. In this process He continually conforms us into the "image of Christ." That is, He makes us more and more like Christ as time goes on. God saves our souls, transforms our hearts, sanctifies our minds and changes our lives. In the end, He makes us ready for heaven by changing our lives here on earth.
In His Grace Forever,
Pastor Teddy Awad, CMHP
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