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The New Life: Victory for Substance Abusers Lesson 1

 

This is the Recap of Lesson 1: The New Life for Recovering Addicts and Substance Abusers taken from the Life of Victory Bible study series.  Presented to you by Reach Recovery.

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  Be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become righteousness of God.”

The moment we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, a supernatural transformation takes place.  We become a new creation.  We get a new life, a fresh start, a new destiny, a new set of priorities.  We have a new purpose in life.  From the verses we just read, being a new creation in Christ means…

  1. We have a new life. – 2 Cor. 5:17.
  2.  We are reconciled to God. – 2 Cor. 5:19
  3.  We are ministers of reconciliation. – 2 Cor. 5:18-19
  4.  We are Christ’s ambassadors. – 2 Cor. 5:20
  5.  We become the righteousness of God. – 2 Cor. 5:21

The New Life is a prerequisite to living a life of true victory. This new life is made possible by being reconciled to God. The moment we surrender our lives to Jesus, a supernatural transformation takes place. We become a new creation with a new purpose. Then, we are to be His ambassadors, representing Him in all areas of our lives.

Have you personally been reconciled to God and made into a new creation? If not, then you can pray now and ask God to forgive you for your sins, repent and turn away from your own lifestyle, and accept what Christ has done by dying on the cross for our sins.  If you prayed or want more info, please contact us, we would like to talk with you about how to be reconciled. If you have been reconiled to God, then is there an area in your life you can be His ambassador? Are there old habits, priorities, relationships, or attitudes that still need to change? Take this next week to think of these specific areas and ask God for help.

For more information, please visit our website at reachrecovery.org

This presentation was brought to you by Reach Recovery, a nonprofit ministry reaching, engaging, and restoring hope to adults and families of substance abuse in Greenville NC.

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