Lesson #25: The Seven Reasons We Get Stuck
OK. The last lesson of this cycle deals with: The “Seven reasons we get stuck" in our recoveries:
OK, Here they are:
If You have not completely worked the Principles of Recovery in the way CR lays out for you.
Maybe trying to move too quickly
Or avoiding more painful parts
Galatians 5:22 says: “…Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
If You have not completely surrendered your life & your will to the Lord
Critical – must first ask Jesus Christ into your heart as Savior & Lord ..
Second is to seek to follow His will in all your decisions
Are you still holding on to part(s) of your life you haven’t yielded to Him?
If You have not accepted the FORGIVENESS that Jesus offers on the cross
May have forgiven others but not yourself
Remember 1 John 1:9 “…If we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive and cleanse from all wrongs…”
But big question is: Have you forgiven yourself ? – this is where I see most people getting stuck in Recovery.
Romans 8:1-2 “…Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.””
If You have not Forgiven others who have harmed you.
You must let go of the pain of the past – harm or abuse. It will hold you captive if you don’t.
If You are afraid of the risk in making the necessary change.
There may be several reasons you delay the needed change:
Paralyzed by fear of failure
Fear intimacy because of fear of rejection or being hurt again
Fear of the unknown
Sometimes the pain of the mess of the known is preferable to the fear of the unknown.
In scripture the phrase or term “fear not” appears 365 times – one for every day of the year:
“fear not…” Isaiah 41:10
If You are not willing to “own” your responsibility
Remember you are not responsible for all the things that have happened to you BUT YOU ARE responsible for the way you react to them.
Ie: In case of abuse – no way is a victim at fault or responsible BUT are responsible for how (IF) they respond
Finally: If You have not developed an effective Support Team around you
Solid sober friends?
Loving Family if appropriate?
Galatians 6:2 “…Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lords command.”
CR Daily Action Plan to experience SERENITY:
Continue to take inventory – when wrong, promptly admit it
Daily study God’s word & pray
Daily work and live the CR principles to best of ability – beyond CR.
Remember the “SERENITY Prayer” we prayed earlier ?