7 Small Steps To Victory
by: Stephanie Rasbach | July 27, 2017
When I lived near the beach, I spent a lot of time walking on the beach talking with God (more correctly – yelling at God) – pleading with Him to help me change of change me. I was desperate to get rid of the pain of desperation in my life. I just didn’t know what to do and five years later, He moved me to Orlando where I was told to check out Celebrate Recovery at First Baptist Orlando. I was told that there they dealt with all of life’s issues – not just addictions. A few months after moving to Orlando, desperate for my life to change and soon, I checked out Celebrate Recovery where I learned how to have victory over all the issues that were causing pain in my life.
Here are 7 things you can do to have victory over your area of struggle:
1. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in your life – even if the changes are uncomfortable or you don’t understand what God is doing. “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:10 NIV Renewing your mind with scripture and giving God control over all areas of your life allows Him to show you where you need healing so God can begin to make changes – even in areas you may never realized needed it.
2. Allow God to identify character defects that need work. Choose which one to focus on first – rather than trying to deal with them all at one time. “In their hearts humans plan their course but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NIV. You can only become more like Christ and replace character defects with healthy behaviors/beliefs as you get to know Christ better through time in the Word and prayer. You must be willing to become the new person that you were created to be.
3. Be willing to change your mind – transforming it to be more like Christ daily. “Do not conform to the pattern of the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 NIV. When you became a Christian, you became a new creation, now the journey involves learning how to live the new life and it first starts with a willingness to change and become the masterpiece God had planned.
4. Turn your character defects over to Christ and rely on His power and strength to help you overcome. “Humble yourselves before the Lord…He will lift you up.” James 4:10 NIV. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NASB. Playing God, trying to do everything on your own will be very heavy and you will often feel defeated and overwhelmed. Only God can provide joy even in the hard times of change.
5. Live one day at a time! “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow, God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” Matthew 6:34 TLB. I’ve heard it said that if you have one foot in yesterday and one in tomorrow, you miss out on today which is a gift – that’s why it is called the present. We think we do well multi-tasking but research shows that when people try to do so, everything suffers. But then again, maybe worrying works well – 90% of what we worry about never happens! Then again, maybe that time is just wasted energy, time and other resources.
6. Remember than change and healing is a process – not a one-time event. “And I am sure that God who began a good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace until His task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.” Philippians 1:6 TLB. Life did not become a mess overnight and will not become what you would like it to be overnight either. Change is a process that will occur as you address your character defects and areas of weaknesses.
7. You must choose to change – God will not force you to become what He created you to be. He created you to be an original masterpiece. Are you willing to let Him do the work He needs to change you? The change is active – you must participate for it to happen. “God gives strength to the humble…so give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you.” James 4:6-8 TLB. God is a gentleman – He will not force you into changing so that you can receive the blessings and purpose He has for you but will gladly participate with you as you invite Him into your daily life.
Are you ready to begin living a life of victory? To learn more about how to, check out Celebrate Recovery at 6:30pm every Tuesday at First Baptist Orlando and begin your journey toward growth and healing in a safe community. The hardest step is the first one – walking through the doors for the first time. We look forward to being a part of your growth and healing journey.