Courage to Change
2 Chronicles 15

We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.

There comes a point in recovery when we need to face ourselves. We need to acknowledge the wrongs we've committed and the harm we've brought because of our slavery. It takes courage to make the preparations necessary to allow God to change our lives and relationships in ways supporting our recovery.

King Asa was a man who lived at a time when the people of Israel had given themselves over to the worship of idols. They had turned away from God and the way of life they knew to be right. A messenger of God told the king: "_'The LORD will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.' . . . When Asa heard this message . . . he took courage and removed all the detestable idols from the land . . . and he repaired the altar of the LORD" (2 Chronicles 15:2, 8). Asa even removed his mother from her position of power because she had been influential in Israel's idolatry.

Allowing God to remove all our defects of character takes courage, because the changes he makes in us will affect every part of our lives. The time will come when we need to crush and burn the "idols" we've served, to go against the crowd, to make a commitment to God, and even to separate ourselves from those people who do not contribute to our recovery. When we do these things, we will find that the Lord will be there for us, encouraging us as we set things straight.

Stay in contact with people who love God and you will find the courage to change.