It’s time to celebrate! We’ve made it to the end of our journey together. Although this concludes our trip through the 12 Steps of Recovery, I will continue to walk with you in your life of victory. This is my way of serving you. I want as many people as possible to know the message of living a victorious life with Jesus as our advocate, comforter, and provider. He is the only reason I am able to write these words to you. He is the only reason I can say with confidence, I live in victory over my past as an adult child of an alcoholic and addict.
As you recall, Step 12 says:
Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
This is also the message of the Gospel. We are called by God to share His message of hope through Jesus Christ as our savior. This is God’s perfect way of turning our mess into a message, don’t you think?
My past journey has been rocky and rough, but that was all redeemed on the cross. My future with Jesus on my side is smooth and serene. I live in complete peace about the people who have hurt me, the hurt I have caused, and the relationships that have been mended. I am confident that I am not defined by my past.
I give thanks to God for my past, because without it I would not be able to help countless people through this ministry of hope and healing. I can share with others how God moved me to make changes and how God takes away addictions, patterns, and hurtful cycles.
This is exactly what Paul is telling the people of Corinth in his letter to them:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
You see, Paul knew much harsher affliction than I could ever imagine. As a result of his faith, Paul had been imprisoned, beat, and starved by the Romans and others. On one hand, I can relate but on the other, I have no idea how he kept his faith. This is a common thread throughout the Bible, though. One thing holds true despite the circumstances the prophets, teachers, and Jesus endured. God redeemed them all. Their messes and hurts were used by God to show others the only hope any of us have is in Jesus.
That is why I can live in victory. God comforted me during my past pain so I would be able to comfort others who hurt like me. This journey of ours may be complete, but the road ahead is now paved with the tools we need to live in victory.
Come back in January! I’ll be sharing brand new gifts for you and providing you with valuable messages to keep you heading in the right direction. Remember, we are in this together and God will continue to carry us to the end!
Think About It:
How does it feel to have completed the 12-Step Recovery Journey together?
If you have been keeping a journal, look back to the first part of our study. How has God changed you?
If you have not kept a journey, does your heart and outlook seem different than it did at the beginning of our journey?
Assignment: Make it a point to share your message of hope with at least one person.
I would love to hear your feedback on this study. Will you send me a quick email and let me know? Share your message of hope with me today! firstname.lastname@example.org
Journal About it:
Follow along in the My Journey Journal© (subscriber password required) and write about how the questions and scriptures today resonated with you. As you write, thank Him for showing you the way in your journey.
Pray About it:
As you think and write, say this prayer with me.
I praise You for the work you have done in my life. I would still be lost and hurting if You hadn’t changed me. Thank you for Your comfort and guidance. I ask You to continue to walk with me throughout my remaining journey here on earth until I rest with You in heaven.
In Jesus' name,
Talk About it:
I would love to hear from you! I enjoy connecting and keeping in touch. Do you feel as though you don’t have anyone you can share with confidentially? Your anonymity is protected. Do you feel you are the only one struggling with the after-effects of growing up with an alcoholic parent? YOU are not alone! It’s time to break free from the shackles of your controlling habits, trust issues, co-dependency, guilt, self-blame, hurts, regrets, and heartaches! Your NEW Normal starts NOW!
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