My Addiction – Recovery – Part 21

Posted: August 27, 2012 in My Addiction
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Peaceful Living – Comes from Acting on Basic Biblical Truths – Structured Into A Program For Daily Life


While i did take the week off to visit my children and grand children i did not take the week off from my steps. i was able to continue on in my “fearless” inventory and add step #5 to my daily practices.

Step #6 is an inner transformation often refered to as repentance and forgiveness.

James 4:7-10 says, So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

To me this is saying behavior modification is not going to cut it, there must be an inner purification, a change of heart, a “getting serious, really serious.”

Dabbling: to play and splash in or as if in water, to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner.

i am playing and splashing in sin as if in water. i spent the past week either in the lake or at the pool and so i have a very clear picture of what it is to play and splash as if in water. Both my grandchildren made sure of that. They are 2 and 4 and thus know little more than playing and splashing in the water. i found myself splashing them back as if that would stop them, they’re children and just found it to be fun.

If i were a child in the things of God perhaps i could get away with playing and splashing… but i am not. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says, When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. i have been acting like a child and step 6 is calling to the carpet, to get serious, to humble myself, to repent, to ask forgiveness of my childish behavior of playing and splashing around in sin.

Taking a look at verses 9 and 10 it says, my knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and my prophecy (my teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).

Mother Teresa said, “People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.”

Step #6 i am on the journey toward a continuing, life long changing of my inner man. God has forgiven me, i am learning to forgive myself, and i am asking others to forgive as well as me forgiving them.


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