Lesson #2: POWERLESS
As we make our way through this first principle of Celebrate Recovery, a key action that is required of us is to admit our powerlessness to control our own tendencies, to admit the hold they have on us. Admission of any form of guilt, weakness, or powerlessness is always difficult. Fortunately for us, our admission that we don’t have what it takes is quickly followed by an acknowledgement that God has the awesome ability to rid us of our guilt and to be the strength that can more than make up for our powerlessness.
We will learn this week that the key to successfully stopping one action or pattern of thinking is to start carrying out another action or following another pattern of thought. If we don’t replace negatives in our lives with positives, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to fall back into old patterns of thought and behavior. We need a power greater than ourselves to restore us. The power to change only comes from God’s grace, which is displayed in His love for us.
“For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away…Nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when He died for us.” Romans 8:38-39
** PLEASE NOTE: Beginning this week, Men’s Small Groups will meet on the 2nd floor & Women’s Small Groups will meet on the 3rd floor. **
Principle 1: Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless to our addictions and compulsive behaviors and 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
Thursday Night Dinner Menu
- Garlic smashed red potatoes
- Yeast rolls