The Road To Recovery

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5: 1-12

Did you know that the 12 Steps came from the Beatitudes? When we look at each of the 12 steps we can see how each step correlates with a beatitude. Yes, the authors of the 12 steps were in fact evangelical Christians. So it would have been natural for them to develop a pathway to recovery based upon Christ’s first sermon and the cornerstone of His ministry.

One of the most important things we can do in recovery and in our walk with Christ is to study and incorporate the beatitudes into our daily life. Just doing this will actually take some time. These eight lines in scripture are powerful and transforming. The Beatitudes not only give us a road mad for recovery, they also take us in a direction that contradicts everything the world embraces. By integrating the Beatitudes into our lives we will realize what we once thought of as reality has been turned upside down.

Want to experience life from a whole new perspective? Study the Beatitudes and learn how to live your life by them. When we walk the road of recovery, as Christ taught in the Beatitudes, we will be transformed. Life changes in ways that we could never imagine.

Blessed travels as we join each other on the road to recovery.

Written by James Miller

Father God, you gave us a road map to recovery. And with that road map there are a multitude of people traveling down the road of recovery with me. Thank you for your direction. I will stay on your road, not making any shortcuts or u-turns. You put a lamp at my feet and guide my every step along this road. And each step I take is taken in glory to you. Amen.

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