How is your “person” doing? Are you all put together? The fact is that many of us are a mess. We are scattered all over the living room floor, with no one to put us together and no idea where to begin the process of healing. Each of our lives is tangled up with hurts that haunt our hearts, hang-ups that cause pain, and habits that mess up our lives.
Hurts, hang-ups, and habits: there is not a person in the world who doesn’t deal with at least one of these issues at some level- and many of us struggle with all three.
The truth is, life is tough. We live in an imperfect world. We’ve been hurt by other people, we’ve been hurt by ourselves, and we’ve hurt other people. The Bible says it plainly: “All have sinned.” That means none of us are perfect; we’ve all blown it; we’ve all made mistakes. We hurt, and we hurt others.
Ask yourself these questions:
· Are you living with shame or guilt from your past?
· Do you feel trapped in a habit or hang-up that is messing up your life?
· Do you always feel afraid and worried about what may happen tomorrow?
· If you are hurt, God says, “I will heal you.”
· If you are confused, God says, “I will lead you.”
· If you feel helpless, God says, “I will help you.”
· If you feel alone, God says, “I will comfort you.”
· If you feel anxious and afraid, “God says, “I will offer you peace.”
The beginning of the healing process starts by admitting our need. “God blesses those who realize their need for Him.” (Matthew 5:13, NLT). When we reach the end of our rope and give up our self-sufficiency, God can move into our lives with healing and growth.
Through God’s grace and living the 8 Principles of Celebrate Recovery (see back), we have found freedom from our hurts, hang-ups and habits. Now that we have been changed by God, we yield ourselves to be used by him as we share our stories and serve others.
Regardless of the problem you’re struggling with; whether it is emotional, financial, relational, spiritual or whatever, regardless of what you need recovery from, the principles that lead to happiness and into recovery are always the same, and the choice is always yours.
· Now I don’t have to live with that pain any more.
· Now I can be free from its hold on me.
· Now I can face my future with peace and confidence.
Instead of playing the “accused and excused” game of victimization, we will face up to our own poor choices and deal with things we can do something about.
· We accept personal responsibility
· We control how we choose to respond to what happens
· We have more energy to fix the problem
When we stop hiding our own faults and stop hurling accusations at others, the healing power of Christ can begin working in our hearts, minds, wills, and our emotions.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY SMALL GROUPS CAN:
• Provide you a safe place to share your experiences, strengths, and hopes with others that are also going through a Christ-centered recovery.
• Provide you with a leader who has gone through a similar hurt, hang-up or habit and who will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular Step each week. The leader will also follow Celebrate Recovery’s “Small Group Guidelines,” listed below.
• Provide you with the opportunity to find an Accountability Partner or a Sponsor.
• Encourage you to attend other recovery meetings held throughout the week.CELEBRATE RECOVERY SMALL GROUPS WILL NOT:
• Attempt to offer any professional advice. Our leaders are not counselors. At your request, we can provide you with a list of approved counseling referrals.
• Allow its members to attempt to “fix” one another
8 R.E.C.O.V.E.R.Y PRINCIPLES
1. Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.
”Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3
2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
”Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
”Happy are the meek.“ Matthew 5:5
4. Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself and to another person whom I trust.
"Happy are the pure in heart." Matthew 5:8
5. Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life.
"Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires." Matthew 5:6
6. Evaluate all my relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when doing so would harm them or others.
"Happy are the merciful" Matthew 5:7 "Happy are the peacemakers" Matthew 5:9
7. Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His work for my life and gain the power to follow His will.
8. Yield myself to be used by God to bring this good news to others, both by my example and by my words.
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10TWELVE 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 5:16
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
- We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and 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. Luke 6:31
- We made direct amends to such people wherever 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 continue 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 3:16
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try 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 them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1