I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. — Romans 7:18 Those are toe words of Paul and like so many of us today. Yes, my brothers and sisters we are willing to walk the walk but there are things in this nature of sin that is keeping us back. We are not to use this as an excuse to do wrong. To those that are called by the Name of Christ should depart from iniquity
No one gets to start in the middle — we’re all beginners in one area of our lives or another. But for many of us, what we need is more like a new beginning, a fresh start, a walking journey from chaos to wholeness that is accomplished one step at a time. I walked with many that climbed on others to reach the top and my God the fall was great. Thank God for strong shoulders and I will always be reminded of the words from our Eminence Sir Roberts “God is too wise to make a mistake.” I have seen many who started this race before me and the are no longer in sight. As I journey along singing as I go, some will hate me and some will love me, but in God I am confident that the work He started will continue to the end. I am determine to hold fast until that final moment when called from works unto reward.We are walking without fear as we recount that first step of hope. We call that journey recovery. Let’s look at that first step:
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions, sinful and compulsive behaviours. That our lives had become unmanageable.
Our first step is a big one. We are finally ready to admit that we are powerless to control an addiction, our sinful nature or a behaviour.
The harder we try, the more unmanageable it becomes. Our lives have descended into chaos. When we take that first big step — giving up control — we are stepping away from denial and acknowledging our own need. Many times we fail to wait and create more problems on the way. We see many people who want to become parents and are not ready and later they are drawn before the courts for some form of neglect, abuse or support. In church many want to be a baptizer and do not know where to start. But if we wait a few more steps it will come to us. Every step we take it leads us closer and closer home to that higher calling.
There is hope in that first step, for we can’t be helped until we admit that we need help. Wait I say on the Lord and let Him renew your strength. I refused to jump when I am told to make a step at a time. Until then we are trying to be God in our own lives, and really we just aren’t up to the task. We are powerless to control much of anything by our own power. Step 1 allows us to find freedom from ourselves. So where are you looking for that freedom and will you find it. I want to assure you that your freedom lies in you. Just accept the fact that you cannot do it alone and you are weak to begin.
Let us Pray
Father God, today I take that first important step toward healing and wholeness. I admit to you that I’m powerless over the strongholds that have taken over my life. I desperately need Your help. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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