May 1, 2014

The First Step in Recovery

“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6 (NKJV)

I love the way The Message paraphrases the first Beatitude. It says, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.” Matthew 5:3 (MSG) As you read this, you may find yourself there at the end of your rope. You may feel stuck in destructive hurts and habit patterns that are harmful to you and your relationships, and you don’t know what to do. The first step in restoration is to humbly admit my powerlessness to change myself and control everything. Even the great Apostle Paul realized this in his own life when he disclosed the personal struggle in his own soul. In Romans 7:15-17 he humbly admitted, “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t. I do what I don’t want to – what I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience proves that I agree with these laws I am breaking. But I can’t help myself because I’m no longer doing it. It is sin inside of me that is stronger than I am that makes me do these evil things.” (LB) Can you relate? If we’re honest, we all can! The good news is that God offers grace to destroy those barriers in our lives that are preventing the flow of His presence and power. That grace is made available through humility when we humbly admit our need for God and others. The Bible promises us in James 4:6 that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Grace is the power and desire to do God’s will.  Grace is the power to change! You receive that grace when you humbly admit your need for it. If you’re at the end of your rope, you’re in a good place for God to bless you. Humbly admit your need for God and make room for His grace to flow!