What is the greatest commandment?
- Matthew: 22:37 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God …”
What is the second commandment?
- Matthew 22:39 “…Love thy neighbor …”
How important did Christ say these are?
- Matthew 22:40 “On these two hang all the law and the prophets”
What did Christ clearly tell us to make our first 2 priorities?
- Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first His Kingdom and His righteousness …”
Can any of us honestly say we fully live these out?
When we are faced with daily choices about these, too often our response is described in the 3rd soil in Mark 4: We have heard the word and it has taken root in our hearts but
- Mark 4:19 “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful “
Three broad categories of things ensnare us: worldly clamors, riches, and the lust for things.
The conflicts between the good that we know to do and the things we are clinging to cause inner turmoil and many of us live our lives there.
The books from Corinthians to the first chapters of Revelations were written, in great part, to Christians who were acting out on unresolved issues. In Celebrate Recovery we have a very effective set of tools that the Lord uses as he teaches us how to resolve these inner conflicts and to live with peace and serenity.
Three scriptures that apply to this process are:
- Matthew: 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest …”
Our Lord Jesus Christ, who breathed the universe into existence, offers to be our gentle and humble hearted teacher and personally show us how to find rest for our souls.
- Romans 12:2 “… be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
We learn new ways of thinking so that worldly clamors don’t continue to control our behavior
- James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed…”
In Celebrate Recovery we have several tools we can use as these scriptures work in our lives:
We have small groups of men or women where we can talk openly about the things we are struggling with and what God is doing to heal us. We have accountability partners with whom we keep in contact, so we can hold each other accountable as we work through the healing process. We have “sponsors” or “mentors” who help guide us by asking the hard questions, etc. In Biblical terms this is known as “discipling”. We have small groups of either men or women who meet together to work through a set of lessons that are designed to help us examine ourselves to see what our hurts, habits and hang-ups are, and find God’s healing. We call these groups Step Studies.
And of course we meet in a large group to celebrate our recovery.
In Christian vernacular we might say to celebrate our progress in the process of sanctification.
Written by Jerry W.