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Step 2 exercse #4 The Gift of Grace
By GraceConquer
4/28/2014 9:37:34 AM
I am Josh and I am an addict, I have had many addictions and today I work on the heart of the addiction issues, my lust and appetite.

"Let us come bodly unto the throne of grace, tha we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16)

In the Bible Dictionary grace is defined as " divine means of help or strength" given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ" The Saviour will do for me what I cannot do for myself. This grace is the means by which I can repent and change.

In what ways have I felt the gift of grace in my life?

It always seemed to me that grace was the thing that overturned justice, like if I sin and come with a repentant heart his grace would make up the difference. THis is only the beginning. I realize today that his grace is the strength to help asssist me throught. It is the power that goes beyond my ability to recovery. I am so determined now that I know to rely on the Lord in all things. My will power is different today. It is a refocusing. I turn my will to his poweer to help me recover. I have many times and in all my addictions mad every attempt to fix myself, this has only proven to uncover other cross addictions. When I have humbly alligned and re-alligned my motives and my attempts through silent prayers in my emotional weak times and even in my triumphs I have succeeded due to his grace.

How can the gift of divine strength enable me to maintain continuous recovery?

This is enduring to the end is it not? In fact it is enjoying to the end. I have never been happier then when I have been on the winning team. The battles in my life that I have lost help me be more reliant on the Lord to win the greater War. I feel that the more I become disciplined on the continous prayer and action to follow through with his will the more I can enjoy his grace and his hand in my life. I feel that this relationship with the Lord has grown so much in the past few weeks as I realize in him I am great and within myself I have the conflicting weakness and divine strength. The only way to minimize the weakness is to allign with the Lord. As for me and my house we will follow the LORD!

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"Don’t live your life in despair, feeling sorry for yourself because of the mistakes you have made. Let the sunshine in by doing the right things—now. It may be difficult to begin, but pick up the scriptures and immerse yourself in them. Look for favorite passages. Lean on the Master’s teachings, on His servants’ testimonies. Refresh your parched soul with the word of God. The scriptures will give you comfort and the strength to overcome. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990