Celebrate Recovery! Pt. 6—Maintaining Momentum
Humans are designed to find connection in community. However, the community can either be supportively healthy and constructive or supportively unhealthy and destructive. God made the church to be a place where Christian community helps and holds people accountable with their challenges (Acts 2:44, 45; 1 Cor. 12:27). Through discipleship, believers focus on holiness and self-control. Accountability is built into living (Gen. 2:16, 17; 3:17; Gal. 6:1, 2; Heb. 13:17). While we can chose whether to be accountable, we don’t get to choose the consequences when we fail to heed accountability (1 Cor. 5:10, 11). Pride keeps accountability from happening. Like combat, defeat and death happen in isolation. Stop denial, stop blame-shifting—accept responsibility, accept accountability. While the heart has hope, the flesh needs help (Matt. 26:41). Be with people on the same mission as you (Amos 3:3)!
God desires change and provides His power, presence, and plan to help (Eph. 3:20, 21). Believers continually work to build themselves up with the right habits of prayer, people, and places to gain knowledge of God’s will for them. God will be faithful to complete the work He began in a believer’s life as they strive to maintain the momentum of God’s work (Phil. 1:6; 2:12). Believe that God is working to glorify Himself in your life—even if the path is difficult nothing is impossible with Him!
Relapse is not inevitable, only invitable. We invite relapse when we get lazy and find ourselves complacent, then isolated, then tempted, and then without help, we fall, breaking ourselves and hurting those we love. Complacency is not treating an issue with the seriousness it deserves. Complacency leads to compromise which leads to catastrophe. Believers are to occupy their minds with the word of God and their time with work for God to have peace from God (Phil. 4:8, 9). Tell the message to others so you can be an encouragement and resource to them. Fruit not eaten is wasted, a message not shared is powerless (Rom. 10:14, 15). Don’t rest on past victories, push on to new vistas (Phil. 3:12-14)!