Celebrate Recovery at Park Hill
Relapse
October 7, 2021

Relapse

October 7, 2021

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.

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

 

Step 11

We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” – Colossians 3:16


a daily quiet time.

The first step in preventing a relapse is to admit that you will be tempted, that you are not above temptation. The account of Jesus’ own temptation can be found in Matthew 4:1-11.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The Spirit is willing,
but the flesh is weak.”
– Mark 14:38

Being tempted isn’t a sin. It’s falling into the action of temptation that gets us into trouble.

Temptations are different from opportunities; they will always give us a second chance!

Your evaluation needs to include your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health.

Don’t forget the value of doing a HEART check. Ask yourself daily if you are:

  • Hurting
  • Exhausted
  • Angry
  • Resentful
  • Tense

Be honest in your estimate of yourselves . . . . Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other . . . . Be patient in trouble . . . . Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honest clear through.” – Romans 12:3-17 (Paraphrased)

to Jesus.

Test everything that is said to be sure it is true, and if it is, then accept it.” -1 Thessalonians 5:21, TLB

In order to keep your recovery growing, you need to have a daily quiet time with Jesus. Even He spent time alone with His Father; you need to do the same.

Set a daily appointment time to be alone with God, so that you can learn to listen carefully and learn how to hear God.

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

Happy are those who . . . find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord, . . . they study it day and night. They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time.” – Psalm 1:1-3, GNB

in to God’s power through prayer.

If we don’t daily seek His will for our lives, how can we blame Him when things go wrong?

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.” – Philippians 4:6

down long enough to hear God.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6, NIV

your growth.

You need to enjoy your victories. Rejoice in and celebrate the small successes along your road to recovery! And don’t forget to share your victories – no matter how small – with others in your group. Your growth will give others hope!


LEADER FOCUS QUESTION:

  • What are some of the tools you have developed in your recovery to prevent relapse?

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