How do you TURN your life over to the one and only Higher Power, Jesus Christ?
Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek.” (Matthew 5:5a TEV)Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”Romans 12:1, NIV)
Trust – deciding to turn your life and your will over to God requires only trust. Trust is putting the faith you found in Principle 2 into action.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9, NIV)
Understand – relying solely on your own understanding got you into recovery in the first place! After you make decisions to ask Jesus into your life, you need to begin to seek His will for your life in all your decisions. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, The Message)
Repent – to truly repent, you must not only TURN AWAY from your sins, but TURN TOWARD God. Repentance allows you to enjoy the freedom of your loving relationship with God.
“Turn away from your sins and act on this glorious news!” Mark 1:15 TLB
New life – after you ask Jesus into your heart, you will have a new life! You will no longer be bound to your old sin nature. God has declared you NOT GUILTY, and you no longer have to live under the power of sin!
“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” (Romans 3:22, NLT)
Principle 3 Prayer:
Dear God, I have tried to do it all by myself, on my own power, and I have failed. Today, I want to turn my life over to You. I ask You to be my Lord and my Savior. You are the One and only Higher Power! I ask that You help me start to think less about me and my will. I want to daily turn my will over to You, to daily seek Your direction and wisdom for my life. Please continue to help me overcome my hurts, hang-ups, and habits and may that victory over them help others as they see Your power at work in changing my life. Help me to do Your will always. In Jesus’ name I pray… Amen!