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Realize I'm not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the
(The 8 Principles R-E-C-O-V-E-R-Y Acrostic)
By Pastor Rick Warren
wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
"Happy are those who
know they are spiritually poor."
~ Matthew 5:3
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."
~ Matthew 5:4
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control.
"Happy are the meek."
~ Matthew 5:5
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
"Happy are the pure in heart."
~ Matthew 5:8
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."
~ Matthew 5:6
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and
make amends for harm I've done to others, except when to do so would harm them
"Happy are the merciful."
~ Matthew 5:7
"Happy are the peacemakers."
~ Matthew 5:9
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.
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my
example and by my words.
"Happy are those who are persecuted
because they do what God requires."
~ Matthew 5:10
The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me
By Reinhold Niebuhr
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
My Grace Is Sufficient For You
But [the Lord] said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ's power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses,
in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
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