Lesson 3 Hope
Think about it
“Anyone who comes to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
In the first principle, we admitted we were powerless. Now in the second principle, we come to believe God exists, that we are important to Him, and that we are able to receive God’s power to help us recover. It’s in the second step we find HOPE!
Our Higher Power has a name: Jesus Christ! Jesus desires a hands-on, day-to-day, moment-to-moment relationship with us. He can do for us what we have never been able to do for ourselves.
“Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power.” (Romans 11:36, TLB)
Our Higher Power tells us, “My grace is enough for you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, PH)
Openness to change
Throughout our lives, we will continue to encounter hurts and trials that we are powerless to change. With God’s help, we need to be open to allow those trials to change us. To make us better, not bitter.
“Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person.” (Ephesians 4:23, TLB)
Power to change
In the past, we have wanted to change and were unable to do so. We could not free ourselves from our hurt, hang-ups, or habits. In Principle 2, we come to understand that God’s power can change us and our situation.
“For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and the power.” (Philippians 4:13, TLB)
“Lead me; teach me; for you are the God who gives me salvation. I have no hope except in you.” (Psalm 25:5, TLB)
Expect to change
Remember you are only at the second principle. Don’t quit before the miracle happens! With God’s help, the changes that you have longed for are just steps away.
“I am sure that God who began the 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)
How do we find hope? By faith in our Higher Power, Jesus Christ
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Principle 2: 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)
Step 2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
BREAK EVERY CHAIN, BREAK EVERY CHAIN