Lesson 19: CROSSROADS
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:8-9
This week we are moving forward to Principle 7 & Step 10. It is at this point that we are at a crossroads of our recovery. We may want to take this as a place to stop and rest on past accomplishments, but it is no time for that. We need to thank God for getting us this far on our road to recovery, praise Him for the many victories over our hurts, hang-ups, and habits we have seen in working the first nine steps, but we also need to continue working the last three steps with the same devotion and enthusiasm that got us to this point in our recoveries.
In Principle 7, we are urged to set aside daily time for prayer & Bible reading. It is during this important time that we can reflect on our day, taking an inventory of our actions (or reactions), attitudes, & motives. Then, and only then, can we bring those things to God, praising Him for the high points of our day & confessing any wrongdoing to Him & making those wrongs right with the appropriate people. In John 3:21, Jesus tells us, “Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light.” Step 10 brings us, on a daily basis, into the light so that we can better examine our lives.
Principle 7: Reserve daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, & prayer in order to know God and His will for my life & to gain the power to follow His will.
Step 10: We continued 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
- LEADERS’ MEETING: this Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at the Ballast Point Campus. Leaders, please register HERE by end of day Wednesday to attend.