A Meditation on Step 10 and Principle 7 of Celebrate Recovery by Bill Peters
Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
1 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)
Principle 7: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
Here’s another Message from God ….. “Plow your unplowed fields, but then don’t plant weeds in the soil! Yes, circumcise your lives for God’s sake. Plow your unplowed hearts…..
Jeremiah 4:3-4 (The Message)
“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.
2 Corinthians 13:5
I can recall the barren winter, lifeless cornfields of Indiana as a boy. As cornfields lie dormant in the fall and winter this year, they suggest to me that this is a good time for deeper reflection and for seeking and listening to the wind of God’s Word. I am reminded that dormant cornfields of Indiana can be like the soil of the mind and heart which can lay fallow and empty with loneliness for many people during the upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas can be challenging times for many people divorced and those who lost a spouse in death. It can be difficult for families with members who have long illnesses like Alzheimers and cancer. It is definitely a time of sadness, loneliness and depression in many lives. It can be a season of spiritual barrenness and a time when emotions can bring tears and lives can experience trials and temptation to engage in harmful addictions.
For me, I know I must make changes in physical diet and exercise and I must turn to God to avoid feelings of despair as a Christian. I know I can choose to plant my life with poor spiritual and physical health habits or I can choose to fill my life with profitable and Godly ways. I know I am called by the Lord to choose to examine the old, rotten material within and thoroughly turn it over, so that God can decompose it, and cause it to be transformed into something that will enrich my heart with the ways of Jesus Christ.
The Lord loves the soil of a heart that is fertile, and ready to receive His implanted Word. Fertile soil is that kind of heart which is both humble, and responsive (obedient). I must become as a plowmen, who is willing to seek Godly wisdom and break up the fallow despondent ground of my heart and plant the good of God’s Words and ways
Now the Lord gives me opportunity each day if I will grab it for taking a spiritual inventory. I must choose again to be renewed to seek to live the good and Godly life and forsake any personal hurts, bad habits and unhealthy hangups. He must become my source of life and not these things.
God permits each day of my life some time not to work or engage in leisure but to devote toward a special time just for He and I. During that time each day is a time I must choose to pray and read and studyHis Word. This time can give me vital and essential wisdom and hope to live the rest of the day. Wisdom covered with the love, hope and faith founded In Christ is the nutrient of a healthy soil and a life in Jesus. Letting the Holy Spirit direct me offers an essential time to take a daily spiritual inventory of my life. This reflection time permits me to examine the things that I need to be for which to be thankful, the forgiveness I need to offer others and the amends that I need to make to those I have hurt. It is a time to seek a new start with God and man.
- Pray and read scripture to prepare the fallow heart.
- Recall the events of the past 24 hours of the day and evaluate what you find.
- List those times in which you felt blessed and those which you recognized you had hurt, temptation and anger.
- Make a list of blessings for which you need to be thankful to God about
- Make a list of times when hurt came and as a result you need to forgive someone
- Make a list of times when tempted and that you succumbed to the old addictive habits or new ones rather than turning to God or a trusted Christian partner for help.
- Make a list of those times whom you have hurt someone and need to make amends towards them.
- Now pray again and ask God to help you take actions and start afresh led by His Spirit to wisely make the needed amends and offer forgiveness towards others and live the new life.