Learn to Release Yourself to God for Transformation – Reflections on Principle 5 of Celebrate Recovery

by Bill Peters

Principle 5 – Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.” Matthew 5:6

And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’  Acts 13:22 (ESV)

Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground! Psalm 143;10 (ESV)

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

The transformation of a plain larvae in a cocoon to a beautiful butterfly is all about God’s transformation.  The process of changing from plainness to beauty is all about God’s doing.  I have come to recognize that control by God is essential for beauty to burst forth in butterflies and also in men.   This means I must learn to “release” myself to God.

The transformation of becoming an aerospace engineer with a 40 year career from that of  being an Indiana farm boy has caused me to reflect upon how God has been so good to me beyond anything I deserve.  For this to happen to me has been all about how God has stubbornly and unrelentingly not let me go.    However, the biggest transformation that God has made in my life has been when I have surrendered my hurts, bad habits and hangups to His way, His working and His healing.  I have found this in a ministry called Celebrate Recovery. CR has taught me about a renewed daily way of living God’s way that I seek to practice. The word “release” is the word that comes to my mind when it comes to how I have seen God’s transformation of my heart and mind.

In the book of 1 Samuel, David had risen in favor with fellow Israelites because he trusted God in the killing of Goliath and in scattering the Philistine army. Now, David fled from the jealous wrath of King Saul and had to rely upon the Lord’s protection and direction.  David trusted in the future promises of God to be the future king of Israel.   At one time before he became a king, David had ended up as a fugitive in a cave with 400 men who were his friends.  They were outcasts.  He knew to get out of this situation that not only did he have to trust God but He had to “release” control to God.  And just like me, God did not let go of David in his life and led him through a recovery of significant hurts, habits and hangups to become a man after God’s own heart.  For this to happen David had to learn to live the word “release”.

Principle Five of Celebrate Recovery states that each of us needs to become ready to voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in our lives. I like better the scripture of Matthew 5:6.  It says  that I will be blessed and/or happy if “it is my greatest desire” to submit to every change that God wants to make in my life. To me this means  to get ambitious and enthusiastic about letting God teach me and instruct me as spoke in Psalms 143. It means I develop an attitude towards God that I am the first guy in line for change and it says I am READY!. What does it mean to be READY?  The “R” in ready comes from an acrostic in Celebrate Recovery which speaks of “releasing” control to God. In Romans 12:2 Paul speaks that “release” is needed for you and me to no longer be conformed to living life with such things as unforgiveness, addictions, low self-esteem, anger, doubt and fear to being transformed into thinking and living like Jesus Christ with renewal. My prayer today is to seek to be one who “releases’  my life to God’s care and control and do what He requires with joy.

Renewing-of-Your-Mind

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