Celebrate Recovery Lesson 24 YES Lesson
Principle 8 Yield myself to God to be used to brig this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires. Matthew 5 :10
Step 12 Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice those principles in all our affairs.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1
Yield myself to God.
Example is what is important.
Serve others as Jesus Christ did.
- If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you like to do most for God in helping others? I would truly get great pleasure from taking Stephen Ministry training and knowing “When and how to use mental health resources.” Kenneth C. Haugk Ph.D. I would take great pleasure in visiting the ladies of the local jails and prisons and telling of my recovery story and handing out biblical lessons and materials and mental health guides and worksheets so that all the ladies would have something to occupy their time and guide them in the right direction at the same time helping them mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I plan to do this in my life as I have already spoken to the leader of the Stephen Ministry program and had initial interview at Newton County Jail to be able to visit with the ladies and to be able to minister to them as well. I used to fear telling of my illness story and now it has become my recovery story. I want the ladies to know that you can go on to make something of yourself and recover after mental diagnosis, loss of faith or incarceration. Given I have my degree in Business/Legal Office Administration and my Paralegal certification I desire to eventually work with the mental health Court’s of Newton and Walton counties using my Certified Peer Specialist certification in the court’s to help the mentally challenged to recover or have a better experience if sent for psychiatric evaluation on a forensic unit to determine competency.
- What are some ways you can pick up the Lord’s towel (John 13 : 14-15) today and start serving others? To begin with by continuing to share the Gospel and the Lord’s scripture and word in my blogs sharing with a giving heart to others. I can have a heart of giving and serving beginning tomorrow at my church for the Series ECC Worship night’s at The Covington Campus. I can begin by serving by going in early and helping to set up the stage and anything else I may be needed for to help make the worship nights a success this summer. Continuing to serve dinner on Thursday nights at Celebrate Recovery at New Hope Diner ministering to others through giving. By continuing to take notes during Sunday morning worship, growth group class and by finishing up my first ladies step study class this week taking notes and ministering to others by sharing in the lectures and with my notes.
- What does the illustration of the fork in your road to recovery say to you? There comes a point in ministering to others where you must decide such as in now that I am finishing up my first ladies step study as to how I will minister and disciple to others in my home church. I plan to continue to serve at New Hope Diner along with sharing my notes of lecture and by hopefully beginning Stephen Ministry at the next open class. I hope to also help at Newcomers 101 in my very near future witnessing to all the newcomers of Celebrate Recovery. We are now finishing up this step study with this lesson and must make decisions on ministering to others in order to be successful in our own walk with Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.
- In the words of Step 12, how will you “practice these principles in all your affairs? By reading daily the 8 Recovery Principles based on the Beatitudes and the 12 Steps and their biblical comparisons. Reading and making little notes, working a personal spiritual moral inventory weekly and keeping a daily devotional time with the Lord along with thinking of each and every decision I make if it is based upon these principles and steps and if it is kind, true and necessary of me while loving and ministering to another. If the decisions I make are based on these principles and steps or am I putting my will first before the Lord’s. Asking Jesus Christ to search and seek out my heart and to help me in guiding me in his will, plan and purpose of my life treating others as I would like to be treated.
- Describe what the phrase “You can’t keep it unless you give it away” means in your recovery. By receiving grace through the new testament given to me by God through Jesus Christ dying on the cross I am afforded forgiveness of my sins and should forgive others as I am forgiven, love others as I am loved by the Lord, walk with all walks of life never mind their financial status, age, ethnicity, diversity, etc., giving freely and unconditionally to everyone my life crosses just as Jesus did for me and just as he served his disciples by washing of their feet and leaving behind this unconditional giving example. I cannot remain in a state of happiness, fulfillment and reward in the Lord without sharing in my joyous contentment with others. I must show the world just how happy and fulfilling loving the Lord and living by his Word can be supremely joyous and glorified in my life by a constant state of receiving from my body of the church and giving to its ministry partners and those in my community in order to remain in my state of contentment and forgiveness and faith in the Lord and in parallel to his plan for my life.
- Create your own action plan for Principle 8. I am going to explore opportunities to serve in the following areas: a. ECC Ministry Nights this summer, New Hope Diner and Newcomers 101 along with Stephen Ministry and onto sharing my own personal testimony at Celebrate Recovery and of my re dedication baptism by Pastor Mr. Brad Rutledge of Celebrate Recovery and my walk at Eastridge and over 11 years of personal recovery.