Learning to make life's healing choices
Sept 2020 CR
If Jesus Can Heal a Withered Hand….
1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. 5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. 6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. Mark 3:1–6 (KJV)
If Jesus can heal a withered hand, He can heal a withered mind and a withered heart. He can heal a withered soul.
He can heal you.
If Jesus can give sight to the blind, He can open your eyes to love, joy, and truth.
He can light your darkness and it will go away.
If Jesus can calm a troubled sea, He can calm a troubled heart.
He can whisper into your soul, Peace be still.
The Road to Recovery Principles Based on the Beatitudes
1. Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matt 5:3
2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover
“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matt 5:4
3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek.” Matt 5:5
4. Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart.” Matt 5:8
5. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.” Matt 5:6
6. Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)
“Happy are the merciful.” “Happy are the peacemakers”
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.
8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this good news to others, both by my example and my words
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matt 5:10