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5/23/09 8:34 P

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Confession: Read Nehemiah 9: 1-3

Step 4. We mad a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

As we make our moral inventory, we will probably find ourselves listing our destructive habits , our defects of character, the wrongs we have done, the consequence of wrong choices we have made and now live with, and the hurts we have caused others. It's like sifting though all the garbage in our past. This is painful but it is a necessary part of throwing away those rotten habits and behaviors that, if not dealt with, will almost certainly spoil the rest of our life. We are taking our our trash. After we do this we can turn toward the future.

Note. It is just as important to write down our strengths, our good qualities too. We are not all bad. Remember that God loves us and wants us to turn to him. He has forgiven us, and now we must forgive ourselves.






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Check out the 12 Steps For Christians thread here. These go hand in hand.

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That sounds wonderful. I can relate to that. I am in on it.Thanks for the insight/
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Step 3: Trusting God

We made a decision to turn our will and our life over to the care of God.

Bible Reading: Numbers 23:18-24

It is not uncommon to link our perceptions about God to our childhood experiences with people who played powerful roles in our life. If we have been victimized in the past by people who were capricious, abusive, distant, uncaring, or incompetent, we may now anticipate these qualities in God.

Just because God is a power greater than we are and the people who victimized us represented a power greater than we were, we must not conclude that God will harm us if we entrust our life to him. Jesus tells us that he didn't entrust himself to men because he knew what was in their hearts. Nevertheless, he voluntarily turned his life over to the will of God the Father. "It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in people." (Psalm 118:8)

We may have learned in the past that putting confidence in people brings only pain and disappointment. We can't let this keep us from ever trusting again. In working through Step 3 we can make a healthy decision to turn our will and our life over to the only one who is worthy of being trusted. The Bible tells us, "God is not a man, that he should lie. He is not a human, that he should change his mind." (Numbers -23:19) And God has said, " I will never fail you. I will never forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

We know that we can't make it all alone. But we now can stop being the victim. We can turn our life over to Someone who is really able to care for our needs. emoticon

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Step Two: Restoration

We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Bible Reading Luke 15: 11-24

In the natural progression of addiction, life degenerates. In one way or another, many of us wake up one day to realize that we are living like an animal. How true this is depends on the nature of our addiction. Some of us may be living like an animal in terms of our physical surroundings. Others of us may be a slave to our animal passions-powerful emotions that dehumanize us and others.

A young man too an early inheritance and traveled away from home. When the money was spent, the woman just a memory,and the "high" long gone, he resorted to slopping pigs to earn a meager living. When he became so hungry that the eyed the pigs' slop with envy, he realized he had a problem. "When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself,'At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! I will go home to my father...' So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him," (Luke 15: 17-18,20)

The fact that we are able to recognize our life as degenerate or insane proves that there is hope for a better way of life. We are reminded of times when life was good, and we long to have that goodness restored. When we turn to God, who is powerful enough to help us build something better, we will discover that his power can restore us to sanity.



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I wanted to share a devotion for each Step taken from the Life Recovery Bible published by Tyndale. Each Step will have its own separate posting. I hope these will bless you as much as they have me.

STEP 1 Like Little Children

Bible Reading: Mark 10:13-16

We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies-that our life had become unmanageable.

For many of us in recovery, memories of childhood are full of the terrors associated with being powerless. If we were raised in a family that was out of control, where we were neglected, abused or exposed to domestic violence and dysfunctional behavior, the thought of being powerless might be very frightening. We may have silently vowed never again to be as vulnerable as we were when we were children.

Jesus tells us that in order to enter the Kingdom of God we must become like little children, and this involves being powerless. He said, " I assure you, anyone who doesn't have their kind of faith will never get into the kingdom of God." (Mark 10: 15)

In any society, children are the most dependent members. They have no inherent power for self-protection--no means to ensure that their lives will be safe, comfortable or fulfilling. Little children are singularly reliant on the love, care, and nurture of others for their most basic needs. They must cry out even though they might not know exactly what they need. They must trust their lives to someone who is more powerful than they are, and hopefully, they will be heard and lovingly cared for.

We, too, must admit that we are truly powerless if our life is to become healthy. This doesn't mean we have to become victims again. Admitting our powerlessness is an honest appraisal of our situation in life and a positive step toward recovery.
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