Step 5: Ya Gotta rejoice in the smallest positive result.
What was fouled up in Eden (Genesis 3), Christ mended—friendship with God.
Step 5 is an eye opener. (ah-ha moment).
At first, this may sound a little confusing but here is where you are:
1) You’ve decided to do something constructive to change what has been sabotaging you. You’re focusing on Jesus instead of your demeaning destructive habit.
2) You’ve taken responsibility for you.
3) You’re refusing to go along with temptation’s evil efforts to keep you under its control.
4) You’re cooperating with God continually. Meaning, you’re working together with the Lord to enrich your behavior and consequently, your involvement with God is becoming stimulating and stronger.
While it may not have been obvious to you before, now the results are evident because you’ve committed to and faithfully followed the first four steps.
Consequently, you’re seeing definite returns on your invested connection with God. As a result, you’re experiencing more control over your debilitating habit(s).
The saying, “Success breeds success” resonates truth in you.
As your relationship with God improves you’re noticing that your other relationships are also improving.
- Your relationships with those you love.
- Your relationships with friends and even your enemies.
- And, more notably, your relationship with you.
Consequently, because you’re awakening a rewarding relationship with God and have chosen to make the Lord your primary focus, your zeal and determination intensify.
That is to say feeling healthy is a sensation you’re reluctant to trade for your past stuck behavior. Because, now, you’re longing to protect your new health.
There isn’t any freedom or peace like the peace and freedom Jesus makes available. This fact is alive within you.
Your liberating choices are becoming obvious to you (and everyone you come in contact with).
Remind yourself: Every time the temptation comes it’s an opportunity to see God pull you closer to Himself.
Therefore, you desire to keep moving forward.
You are eager and ready for step 6.
Progress may have come quickly because you were focused and enthusiastic. However, recently, you may have hit a “speed bump” and it’s shaken your resolve.
What you’re experiencing is warfare opposing your welfare.
God hasn’t abandoned you. You are in a good place because you see the futility of relying on you. Review the slightest success you’ve experienced and thank God for it. Don’t quit making liberating choices.
Don’t stop trusting in Christ to get you unstuck. The freedom may be gradual but it is working—rejoice!
Every play in the game of life—even the losses—can move you forward. Allow that to happen as you and God run the plays (together). Every play contributes to your winning.
Thanks for listening to Lee’s Nite Radio.
to be continued