In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…self-discipline with all of them came first. ~Harry S. Truman~
In order to lead a victorious life, we must first only gain victory over ourselves. We are our worst enemies! Our natural or fleshly instincts will always be toward self-gratification and motivated by desires that are both self-serving and destructive. We will always look for the easier softer way. “True freedom can only come when these desires are cast down and brought into submission”.
The first 3 steps address the need for this process of surrender (Surrender to Win) to start taking place in ourselves. The next four steps (Suffer to get well) require the true acceptance of our condition and the corresponding action required to make a start of this, a long time effort to rid ourselves of these character defects. If not dealt with these character defects will lead to the continuance of the same fleshly desires that have always ruled our lives, kept us in bondage to our addiction and prevent us from living joyfully.
Thought for the day
Where am I in this process? Have I even made a start? Am I committed to it?
The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. ~Romans 13:12-14 (NASB)~
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh…For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh…for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh with its passions and appetites and desires. If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
~Galatians 5:16,17,22-25 (Amp)~
Please Lord help me encounter the Truth today in such a pure and powerful way that I will be not be confused as to where I stand in regards to my recovery program.