Lesson #11: Spiritual Inventory – Part 2
You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there.” Jeremiah 6:14
A couple of weeks ago, we began the process of openly examining our lives, asking God to help us assess and make note of both the good and bad things that comprise our past. We have looked at our relationships, our attitudes, and our priorities.
We will continue on with Part 2 of our Spiritual Inventory by seeking out any sins and shortcomings that may be preventing God from working effectively in our lives and in our recoveries. We will seek out these sins and shortcomings by systematically looking at and evaluating four key areas–our mind, our body, our family, and our church. Join us this week as we learn how to successfully clear harmful things from our past and present so that God’s work in our lives is not hindered in any way.
“”If you are unwilling to obey the LORD, then decide today whom you will obey…But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8
Step 4: 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
Prayer from The CR Huddle:
Perseverance (John 10:27, Romans 8:31)
LORD, help us to hear your voice and follow you. Help us realize that you give us eternal life, and no one can snatch us out of your hand.
Help us to remember that we are more than conquerors, and that there is no condemnation in you! Nothing can separate us from your love.
We trust you to strengthen us as we use your armor each day against the devil’s schemes.
Repentance: (Psalm 51)
Have mercy on us, O God, according to your unfailing love, according to your great compassion, blot out our transgressions. Wash away all our iniquities and cleanse us from all our sins. Against you and only you have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight.
Create in us a pure heart O God and renewed steadfast spirit within us. Restore to us the joy of thy salvation and grant us a willing spirit to sustain us.
Then will we teach transgressors thy ways so that other seekers will turn back to you.
Attitude: (Jeremiah 17:10, Psalm 86:11))
LORD search our hearts as Leaders of Celebrate Recovery and examine our minds, reward each of us according to our conduct, according to what our deeds deserve. We pray, you will give us the willingness to get to the root of things and treat them as they really are and not what we pretend them to be. Give us an undivided heart, that we may fear your name.
Yielding: (Isaiah 42)
God Almighty, we praise you, and you ALONE are sufficient, Lord Jesus. We pray for THE Celebrate Recovery Leadership and every volunteer that does your work, that we may yield to your Holy Spirit. You are sufficient FOR US, AND so we nail to your cross all OUR idols, ourselves, our egos (greatness), our love for materialistic things. You are sufficient for us. Let us not do anything WITH conceit, but in total humility, count you more significant. WHATEVER we do, may we do it for you and YOUR GLORY alone, so we may be an extension of you.
Example: (Philippines 2:14-15)
We at Celebrate Recovery do everything without grumbling or arguing, so we at Celebrate Recovery may become blameless and pure, “Children of God, without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then we at Celebrate Recovery will shine among them like stars in the sky.
Redemption: (Psalm 54:7, Isaiah 35:10)
We pray that You deliver the CR Leadership, volunteers, and participants from all troubles, and keep their eyes focused on their triumphs over their enemies. And those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
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