We are all capable of falling but Christ is capable to lift us up higher than we can ever imagine
We are a group of believers whose foundation is built on the 12 steps of recovery and whose salvation is assured by the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross at Calvary. It is our shared experience that true freedom from our habits, hurts and hang ups comes through our personal relationship with Christ and His forgiveness.
Recovery is much more than not acting on our previous behavior. Recovery comes from living a life fully surrendered to God's will. When we live surrendered to Christ, the desire dissipates for those things that were leading us down the road of destruction. We really are “new creatures in Christ”, living the promises of a real personal relationship with our Lord and Savior and with one another.
1. We admit that we are powerless over our habits, hurts and hang ups and that our lives have become unmanageable.
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. (Romans 7:18)
2. We come to believe that the power of Jesus Christ, through the working of the Holy Spirit, restores us to fellowship with God.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)
3. We make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)
4. We make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:40)
5. We admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16)
6. We are entirely ready to deal with our sin before a Holy God, whatever that sin may be.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10)
7. We humbly receive His forgiveness and ask Him to remove these defects of character that keep us alienated from Him.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
8. We make a list of all persons we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Luke 6:31)
9. We make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)
10. We continue to take personal inventory, and when we are wrong we promptly admit it.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12)
11. We seek, through prayer and meditation, to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and the power to carry that out.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. (Colossians 3:16)
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)
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