this and try to rely on our own strength and willpower to resist the temptation or take the step we need to take. The first principle of the Christian 12-Step program
Celebrate Recovery is “Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.”
Far too often we look at the standard set by Scripture and beat ourselves up for not living up to it. But Christian spiritual maturity is not something we can simply wish into being. Just as we don’t expect a child to learn to walk overnight, we can’t expect ourselves to live a life of complete self- control overnight. But God will give us opportunities to practice self- control and, as we grow in our ability to do so, He will give us further opportunities to exercise it.
As Paul writes in Romans 7:24-25, “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
As Jesus told the disciples in regards to entering the Kingdom of God: “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God” (Mark 10:27)
As you read the Romans text, notice all the “if/then” statements. Compare and contrast life controlled by the Spirit and life under our own control (or the sinful nature).
Does a life of obedience to God and a life of freedom sound like a contradiction to you? Why or why not?
Are you able to view God as a loving father who wants what’s best for you? If not, what hinders you from doing so?
What do you need freedom from? Are you willing to surrender control to the Holy Spirit and walk in obedience to Him?