Thursday, November 12, 2015
Hope Does Not Disappoint
When we choose to "Step #3" our recovery.....
Turning will and life over to the care of God as we understand Him....
We begin to experience some gifts that are give to us.
Sounds strange, I know it..but it is a simple truth from God.
He begins to change us and equip us at the same time so that we can face what ever comes our way in this new direction we have chosen to take.
These gifts show us that recovery doesn't merely provide escape from our destructive ways, but they point us toward the possibility of a new and exceptional life.
So what are these incredible gifts that God give us?
The first one is HOPE.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
We are given a hope that is divine in origin.
A hope that has purpose.
A hope that fills us with the resolve to understand and know that God is who He claims to be, and will keep the things He has promised He would do.
All of this applied to a life that previously had been out of control, with no hope at all of ever changing.
Not a small fire begins to burn inside that lets us know that truly with God, "All things are possible". Even recovery.
Maybe your reading this posting and you want to believe that what I've written is true. Maybe that thought is running through your brain and your heart right now..."I want to believe it!". Well my friend, that is the beginning of hope. God has laid hold of you, right where you are, and is drawing you into this new life I've written about. All you have to do is accept Him. Talk to Him...I know it sounds crazy, but it isn't as crazy as it seems. He's real...He's listening...and He will answer you. Tell Him what you truly want...that you've tried everything else and nothing has worked. Tell Him that you want Him and this new life He has promised.
Hope has begun and good work in you, in the form of God's Holy Spirit.
My Bible tells me that once God has started this new work, He won't stop until it's finished. How cool is that?
God on you...
Step # 1 We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable. Romans 718 - I know...