Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. Matt. 5:5
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
What does it mean to be entirely ready? God is a gentleman. He didn’t force his will on you. He waited for you to invite Him in. It has been said that willingness is the key that goes into the lock and opens the door that allows God to begin to remove your character defects. Recovery is not a quick fix, you need to allow God time to work in your life. This principle will not only help you stop doing the wrong thing, but goes after the very defect that causes you to sin. Being willing will help you to be ready for God’s help throughout your transition.
You have spent a lot of time with you old hurts, habits and hang-ups, compulsions and obsessions. When God removes one, you must replace it with something positive or of God’s attributes.
Remember, I wrote a few weeks ago about having a father wound because he left our family for another woman. This wound caused me to fearful in relationships, falsely accuse men, fear that they were lying, etc. When God revealed that wound, I asked him to heal the deep hurt of abandonment and to remove all the lies that I have believed associated with that wound and also the actions attached to that wound AND for him to replace those defects with grace, forgiveness, mercy, love, confidence and his truth. My part in this equation is reverse the embedded pathway of coping for 40 years based on this wound. It is going to take lots of prayer, patience and practice to learn a new way to respond to my future relationships. But God says in his word that I can DO all things in Him, who strengthens me! As I wrote above, being ready and willing allows God to go after the thing that causes us to sin. Until God revealed this wound, I would just continue to respond the same old way, but because he went after the thing that caused me to not trust men and abuse them in my fear, I have confidence that I will see men in a totally different light. Not all men are liars and not all men cheat and not all men abandon ship.
1. Have you released control?
2. List areas of your life that you have been able to turn over to Jesus.
3. Sometimes its hard for us to see the positive changes that God is making in our lives, have you been able to accept and enjoy your growth?
4. What does the phrase ‘easy does it’ mean to you? What area of your recovery are you attempting to rush? looking for the quick fix?
Here is some worship to help you in your quiet time with God….