We can't do it by ourselves.

We can’t do it by ourselves.

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Into Action p. 83 last paragraph p. 84 first paragraph

As we are on the road to spiritual development we have to realize that the little things that we see around us are but temporary. A lot of the challenges that we face on a day to day bases has to do with getting us to the next level in our journey. The parameter that we see and feel are there for a reason. They create an arena for us to grow and learn about ourselves that if we just react we don’t learn all the valuable lessons that we need to grow. We should be proactive in our growth, planning and taking on every challenge that come our way. This will provide the resistance that is needed to build new muscle. Does this mean that I will stop consulting with my support group and those that God has placed in my life to assist me during this season in my life, no. I will use everything that is around me to assist me in moving forward. Remember painstaking means diligent and careful.

Remember conflict doesn’t always come to destroy you but often times come to make you stronger. If we look at every conflict as destruction then will live in fear and what does fear do, it incapacitates us. Causing us to be stagnant or immobile, progress cannot happen and remember as an encouragement that anything that is in motion causes friction and what is friction, conflict.

But, if we are painstaking (being diligent and careful) about this phase of our development, we will be amazed. We will know a new freedom and I would like to add that you will begin to see yourself like you have never seen yourself before and we will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

About Marlon Martin

Marlon Martin first turned his life over to the care of God in 1987 when he attended an alcohol and drug treatment center. Through his commitment and service to God, he was delivered from a 10 year drug addiction. Equipped with the word of God, Marlon returned to the field of addiction where he was trained as a License Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). He worked as an LCDC at the Austin Recovery Center, while at the same time working as a counselor at Praise Tabernacle where he helped establish their Restoration Recovery Class. He also worked at a non-profit organization, ACTS (Assisting Communities Toward Success) where he was the program director of their counseling center, Soterion. As founder of MK Martin Ministries Inc., Marlon has been working with rural churches by establishing their presence on the internet and teaching the members how to have a greater commitment to the Lord and better service to their local church. Marlon has worked to serve his community for the last 26 years. He has volunteered with public and private facilities such as drug and alcohol treatment centers, local schools, and local prison facilities. In the past 17 years, through preaching and teaching, Marlon has assisted the men at the Travis County Community Justice Center where he has had the privilege of seeing hundreds of men turn their lives over to God. Since then, Marlon has joined forces with the Carl Vance Unit in Sugar Land, TX to assist with a class on marriage through “The InnerChange Freedom Initiative” and has been certified by the State of Texas to work with those who are in the criminal Justice system as a “Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional”. With his passion for the things of God and through God’s favor, Marlon has truly strengthened the body of Christ.

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