With Celebrate Recovery lesson 19, we come to a place of new beginnings – in more ways than one, because we not only start a new study guide book, but we also start a new chapter in our recovery!
You will begin to look at how you can “maintain” your sobriety and a sense of peace in your recovery! It’s a time for self-reflection, examination, and the beginning of new habits! How exciting!! I’m thrilled to be on this journey with you!
Celebrate Recovery lesson 19 is where you start working on Principle 7, which calls for daily Bible reading and prayer. You’ll basically be taking all of those negative habits and start replacing them with good ones!
CR Lesson 19 also starts Step 10 of the Alcoholics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery programs. This is pretty invigorating, as it begins the final chapters of the lessons on recovery in the CR literature!
If you’re new to Celebrate Recovery, please visit the first lesson – Celebrate Recovery Lesson 1: Denial. If you just want to read the last lesson, please read Celebrate Recovery Lesson 18: Grace.
What is Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19: Crossroads?
Celebrate Recovery principle 7 is: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. I am SO excited to start this new journey with you! We’ll have fun!
In Step 10, We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, we promptly admitted it. Continue to work on your inventory if that is still a work-in-progress!
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. – Psalm 119:1-2 (NIV)
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! – 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)
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Please note that Psalm 119:1-2 unofficially goes with Principle 7 of the 8 Principles of Recovery. It’s not in the official literature, but we used it when I went through the 12 steps! It’s TOP SECRET information just for you to enjoy!! Kidding!
In Celebrate Recovery lesson 19, we’ll talk about the importance of being where you are today and what it means to continue working on your recovery. This lesson will be laid out slightly differently than the previous ones because we are nearly finished!
As God’s messenger, I give each of you God’s warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. – Romans 12:3 (TLB)
What Does “Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19” Mean?
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program created by John Baker and Rick Warren. It was created for those with hurts, habits, or hang-ups. Doesn’t that apply to everyone?
The CR curriculum is based on the Bible. The Celebrate Recovery 8 principles refer to the Beatitudes in the New Testament.
Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19 is the first lesson in the Growing in Christ While Helping Others Participant’s Guide 4. You can purchase this online or at Celebrate Recovery. Normally, you would go over these lessons in a step study group at CR.
Cross-examine me, O Lord, and see that this is so; test my motives and affections too. – Psalm 26:2 (TLB)
Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19 Highlights
Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19 Notes
According to the Celebrate Recovery study guide, Jesus told us that “the truth would set us free” in John 8:32. You have begun to REBUILD your spiritual foundation by working through the 8 Celebrate Recovery Principles and by following Christ’s instructions.
By doing these things, you should see major changes in your life. If you have not seen a change already, you will see one soon! As you see your foundation becoming more secure, make sure you tread carefully!
The Bible cautions us in 1 Corinthians 10:12 that if we think we are standing firm, we need to be careful not to fall! It’s not just time for maintenance to happen in your recovery, but it’s time for you to decide how you want to live the rest of your life!
Since we are beginning Step 10 of the 12 Steps of Recovery, we will use the acrostic TEN for this lesson for the following.
- Take the Time to Do a Daily Inventory
- Evaluate the Good and the Bad Part of Each Day
- Need to Admit Our Wrongs in a Prompt Manner
Take the Time to Do a Daily Inventory
In taking a daily inventory, you might wonder how in the world you are expected to do this, especially when taking a moral inventory took so long! You will want to keep a daily journal for an entire week. That doesn’t sound as overwhelming, does it? You can do it!
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. – Lamentations 3:40 (NIV)
Evaluation of the Good and the Bad Part of Each Day
In the previous point, we looked at the “what.” Now, you will look at “why.” As you write out your daily inventory, look for any negative patterns that appear – things you are struggling with. If you repeatedly write things down, that would be one of those patterns!
If we say that we have no sins, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth…we are lying and calling God a liar, for He says that we have sinned. – 1 John 1:8-10 (TLB)
Need to Admit Our Wrongs in a Prompt Manner
The final part you will want to take care of in your daily inventory is the “then what” part. You’ll want to promptly make any amends that you need to make. Share this information with your sponsor or accountability team! Set up an action plan for you to overcome negative patterns!
This is how I want you to conduct yourself…If you enter your place of worship and are about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then, and only then, come back and work things out with God. – Matthew 5:23-24 (MSG)
Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19 Questions
It is suggested that you take some time for reflection before working through these final steps and principles. You’ll want to notice all of the progress you’ve made and see the areas in which you are still struggling.
- In what ways has your behavior changed?
- Which relationships have been restored or improved?
- How has your relationship with Jesus grown?
- What new relationships have you made on this journey?
- What does “continued to take a personal inventory” mean to you?
- How will you do this?
- What does “and when we were wrong” mean to you?
- What does “promptly admitted it” mean to you?
- Keep a journal for 10 days, recording the good and the bad. Write down all victories and areas for growth. Watch for patterns in what you record, and share this information with your accountability team at the end of the week.
- What did you learn from keeping a daily journal?
- Which areas did you identify as strengths?
- What areas are you still struggling with?
- Would you be willing to continue keeping this daily journal for more than a week to aid in your recovery?
More Celebrate Recovery Resources
Free Recovery Lesson 19 Worksheet: Daily Inventory Worksheet
For the Recovery Lesson 19 Worksheet, you get a Daily Inventory Worksheet to use with this week’s questions! This worksheet is 100% original and FREE, so enjoy it!
A Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19: Crossroads Video
Lesson 19 of Celebrate Recovery: Crossroads – YouTube
More Helpful Celebrate Recovery Resources
Additional helpful resources include the Celebrate Recovery NIV Study Bible and the Celebrate Recovery 365-Day Devotional Book!
A Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19 Personal Story
As if at a meeting, I know it’s important to share. So, I’m Michele, and I’m a grateful believer in our Lord Jesus Christ.
I celebrate recovery from several addictions, including men and alcohol, and struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and control!
In looking at my story as it relates to this lesson, I want to confess that bearing your soul to the world is not the easiest thing, so I thank you for understanding that when it comes to my faults, I am only human!! However, I believe that God will use my testimony how He needs to!
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
My Relationship with God
I previously had a hands-off relationship with God, meaning that I did the bare minimum most of the time. I joined Celebrate Recovery by attending meetings on a regular basis, and my heart and soul changed.
No longer did I want a hands-off relationship with God. I wanted the real deal.
Never really learning how to pray, I didn’t improve my prayer life a ton, but I did start to read and study my Bible on a regular basis. I’ll be the first to admit that over the years, I stumbled as much as the next person when it came to Bible reading and prayer, but I kept trying!
I began doing volunteer work at my church, and I truly felt a difference in my heart. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having the Lord Christ Jesus in your heart, I strongly recommend it, as it is a life-changing experience!! You will not regret getting close to God!
Also, take the time to develop strong friendships at church and at Celebrate Recovery. These types of close friendships will last a lifetime and will help you on your road to recovery. Friends can encourage you, listen to your problems, and help you on your spiritual walk.
It’s easy to dig into the Bible on your own and stay secluded from the world. Don’t get deterred by this; get out and about and go to church, Celebrate Recovery meetings, and step study groups! You will need this to sustain you as an individual and as a Christian!!
Continue to work at this, and you will get there. We are all a work in progress; we are just at different stages in the process!
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on It day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in It. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. – Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
A Heart-to-Heart Talk with You
I can refer you to articles and resources all day long, but the most important thing is your heart and soul. Is your heart in tune with your spirit? In other words, are you just going through the motions, or do you actually feel something?
If you are struggling with a belief in God, I strongly urge you to meet with a spiritual advisor or church leader. They can help you by walking you through the scriptures. It’s important to get yourself in tune with the Lord because you don’t want to be doing things “for show!”
Often, Christians put up a front and are what I consider to be “Sunday Christians,” meaning they go to church on Sunday and then forget about God. They might pray before meals or something, but their heart is not into it. It’s all “for show,” which is no good!
It’s important to pray and go to church, but it’s also important to have a personal relationship with God. The Lord wants to be your best friend! Think of what you share with your spouse or best friend, and consider sharing that information with God!
He wants that type of relationship with you!! So, please make sure your heart is in the right place as you move forward in recovery because you are now ready to replace your bad habits with good ones!
Let’s make this an impactful move – one that will truly make a difference to you! I really only want the best for you – and believe that is possible with God!!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the 12 steps of AA and Celebrate Recovery?
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What are the steps, lessons, and principles in Celebrate Recovery?
The numbers used in recovery can get a little overwhelming. There are 25 lessons, 8 principles, and 12 steps used in Celebrate Recovery. Because this can get confusing, there’s a FREE printable in the Shop at Sharing Life and Love that clarifies things!
What are the 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery?
The 8 principles in Celebrate Recovery are based on the New Testament in the Bible (The Beatitudes come from Matthew). To read the 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery or gain your own copy to use, please visit the Shop at Sharing Life and Love!
How did Celebrate Recovery start?
Celebrate Recovery started in 1991 at Saddleback Church in California. Founded by John Baker and Rick Warren, Celebrate Recovery is in over 35,000 churches nationwide and worldwide! Because of its great success, it is a recommended program for recovery for individuals!
What is the Serenity Prayer?
The Serenity Prayer used in Celebrate Recovery (CR) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is as follows: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Because it aids in recovery, it is often memorized!
You are really progressing in recovery!! Congratulations on that! This article on Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19: Crossroads has covered:
- What is Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19: Crossroads?
- An Overview of Celebrate Recovery
- The Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19 Study Guide
- Additional Study Resources – a FREE Study Guide and Video
- A Personal Story in Relation to Celebrate Recovery Lesson 19
- And More!
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In the next lesson, we will continue in the final book – Celebrate Recovery Lesson 20: Daily Inventory! It should clarify things in regard to your daily inventory! Let’s get to it!!