Testimony – MONTY
Some of us may have heard others argue that Celebrate Recovery is for people of a certain age, background, gender, or personality type; they may say it is for those who are closer to God or maybe those who have strayed further from God than they have. Or maybe we have gotten discouraged and even said or thought similar things ourselves. If we look and listen carefully, however, we quickly realize that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Celebrate Recovery is for people of all backgrounds who have had their ups and downs in life, whether as a result of their actions or circumstances beyond their control, and have come to the realization that they are not sufficient to fulfill all of their own needs. They need someone who is more powerful, more loving, more patient, and more faithful that they are to come alongside them and walk with them through the twists and turns of life. Come join us this week as we hear Monty’s testimony and he shares how God met him exactly where – and how – he was.
An exerpt from Monty’s story: “Then we heard someone mention that they were going to start a program called Celebrate Recovery, where you work on your hurts, habits, and hang-ups. I said at first that this couldn’t help me with my problems; I don’t drink or do drugs. So I prayed about it, and in 2005, I decided to give it a try. For me, getting involved with CR has been the best thing that I could have done, along with accepting the Lord as my Savior, marrying my wife, and adopting our daughter. My spiritual life has always been up and down, but mostly down, especially with my problems of not trusting, anger, and a few other things. But when I came into CR, I felt a new sense of God’s presence in my life like I hadn’t had in a long time; it felt really good.”
“Each time he said, ‘No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people.’ Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am; I am glad to be a living demonstration of Christ’s power, instead of showing off my own power and abilities.” 2 Corinthians 12 : 9 – 10
Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5
Step 3: 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
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