December 22, 2020 - LMA Seven Principles: Principle #5
LMA Principle #5 - Stop Being Pushed Around by Fear and Guilt
Fear, guilt, and shame undermine more efforts to overcome addictions and compulsions than almost any other issue. Also, holding resentments toward others is known as the #1 offender by the 12-step program (as in number one thing that leads to relapse). God will provide both help and hope with these problems.
Romans 5: 1-2: "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
Romans 5:1-2 (Mirror Bible): The conclusion is clear: our righteousness has absolutely nothing to do with our ability to keep moral laws; it is the immediate result of what Jesus accomplished on mankind’s behalf. This gives context to faith and finds expression in unhindered, face to face friendship with God! Jesus Christ is the head of this union! 2 Jesus is God’s face to face grace embrace of the entire human race. So here we are, standing tall in the joyful bliss of our redeemed innocence! We are God’s dream come true! This was God’s idea all along!
Principle 5 addresses the malady of guilt, shame, and resentments. These cause many people to stumble in their recovery/spiritual journey. Your faith is Jesus. He is your Faith. Call on Him. Feel His Presence. He provides both help and hope in your journey. Try it.
Isaiah 41:10 (TPT): Do not yield to fear, for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly with my victorious right hand.'
Do not yield to fear. Jesus is always near. He is in and around you. Fear not.
Blessings All Around,
Senior Pastor, Trinitarian Grace International