REFORMERS UNANIMOUS 10 PRINCIPLES (PART 7)
When we look into the Reformers Unanimous ministry, most people will ask “What is it”? Reformers Unanimous is unapologetically a Christ centered faith based addictions ministry that helps those bound in addictions get victory through Jesus Christ. The way that we facilitate this is through a few resources:
A. Three Talks
B. Ten Principles
C. Dynamic Testimonials
D. Spirit Filled Biblical Application
Today we will focus on the ten principles and how we can apply them to our lives as we seek to a clean, sober victorious life in Christ.
(Click the link above to play the video of Principle#7)
In my time in the military, we learned about this principle very well as well as the others that it affected. I entered the United States Marine Corps recruit training in July 27 – Oct 18, 1996 at Parris Island, South Carolina. We learned very quickly that when one person has issues that they can’t or are unwilling to resolve, all of those around that person would suffer as a result. This was especially true if the violator did something very bad or illegal. We would all suffer the worse while it seemed as if the violator would never even get so much as a scratch. This did more than just cause anger but it created bitterness and resentment. The reason why is because we would lose things valuable to us while it seemed like they didn’t so much as loose anything. This made no one want to help them because of the loss of resources and the others saw them as a “lost cause”. When the Drill Instructors “MADE” the student leaders responsible for their success, then we began to see real changes. Why? The violator felt like the leaders cared for him and his behavior. They didn’t, but he felt like someone actually cared, this is what was the catalyst to make him want to change. This screw up actually ended up as the honor graduate and he never forgot those that helped him when he couldn’t help himself.
In our lives when we become entrapped in sinful, stubborn, destructive or addictive behavior we will begin to hurt those that follow us. It usually takes someone from the outside to show us that we have true issues that we don’t see. Today we will talk about why these things hurt others and how we can get the victory over them.
Addictive Behavior Pattern
I. They Lie – When we lie, we will begin to distort reality for ourselves and light a fuse to a time bomb in the lives of others. The lies that we tell to others will come back and tell on us. Those that are around and with us can be hurt by these lies.
II. They Manipulate – This word simply means that we will do anything in our power to trick people out of something that we need by promising them something that they want. We will tell them that we will change and give all kinds of excuses and even promises but seldom or constantly deliver.
III. They Commit Crime – This isn’t just unlawful acts but they will continue to break the Laws of God. They will repetitively transgress laws because they see no REAL consequence for doing so.
IV. They Shift The Blame To Others – In a final act, they will begin to place blame on others for making them do their act and becoming addicted. Usually, their excuse will be “I never would have did this if you wouldn’t or didn’t___”
How do we overcome this:
I. Following The Truth – We have to follow those that have the truth and that speak the truth.
II. Follow Those That Display Good Behavior – Learning how to carry ourselves and how we should react will give us guidelines of how to respond in circumstances.
III & IV. Follow People That Will Keep You Accountable – When we follow those that keep us accountable, it makes us take stock of what is really important. Knowing that I will have to explain my behavior to them is not only sobering but embarrassing as well. Knowing how I let God but also them is very hurtful.
The road to recovery has to have a system of checks and balances or it will fall apart under pressure. When we do sinful acts or display sinful behavior we will find that our friends and family will suffer. Others that lookup to us will be hurt. Our own sin will effect another person in negative ways. We have to make a decision to not allow ourselves to be controlled by habits but rather to control them. In tomorrow’s devotional we will learn the next principle to freedom. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.