February 19 – ReGen – Continue

Read Psalm 139:23-24

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

How does somebody live a tortuous life for 39 years, then have a spiritual experience and begin to recover from the sin struggle of alcoholism? And then continue to live a sober and honorable life for 32 years? By turning his life and his will over to the care of God through Jesus Christ and continuing it, Bill began to change.

It is pretty amazing that the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous were written by an untrustworthy drunk who had created adversity in his life through his drinking choices.

Lois (co-founder of Al-Anon) Wilson’s devotion to Bill W never ended. But her anxious thoughts were probably constant. Her unending love for her husband became the trigger for one of the greatest movements of this past century – AA. Lois’ love and forgiveness of her husband is inspiring and a role-model for everyone.

To continue – means to take personal inventory every day. It means to ask God to search your life for anything that is offensive and to ask God to know your heart and anxious thoughts.

Do you ask God to help you with anxious thoughts?

“See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”Psalms 139:24

To continue – you are now at the point where you have made a moral inventory of yourself. You have admitted to God and others the nature of your sin struggle. Do you have the peace of God in your heart?

To continue – is to ask God to remove any character defects that you might be experiencing. You are willing to make amends to all the people you have harmed and you continue to take personal inventory. When you are wrong, you promptly admit it. You have asked God for forgiveness and you have forgiven yourself. You are living God’s way.

You are continuing.

Are you being led by God? Have you placed your faith in Christ?

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6

In what way are you setting yourself up for continued success in your recovery journey? How are you going to continually grow closer to God?

Tom Weckesser

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