The 12 Step Program Can Be Of Help!
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12 Step Program…
I started my recovery with the 12 step program of both AA and NA.
The principles that I learned and the fellowship with others with similar issues that we all were working on helped me to some degree.
The saying, “One addict helping another is without parallel.” There was a lot of truth to that.
I did feel that the spiritual element of the 12 step program I found was negating Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The program did help me a lot, but then after I was clean and sober for a few years, I make a decision to get my support solely from the church and Bibles studies, which worked out very well for me.
12 Step Program Based Originally On Christianity!
The 12 Step Program In Eight Christian Principles
This 12 step program was founded in 1990 by Pastor John Baker of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The eight Recovery Principles are based on the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
Recovery Principle ONE
Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor. Matthew 5:3a
Recovery Principle TWO
Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.
Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Recovery Principle THREE
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
Happy are the meek. Matthew 5:5a
Recovery Principle FOUR
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
Happy are the pure in heart. Matthew 5:8a
Recovery Principle FIVE
Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God want to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. Matthew 5:6a
Recovery Principle SIX
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others.
Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers Matthew 5:7a, Matthew 5:9, Matthew 5:23-24
Recovery Principle SEVEN
Reserve a 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.
1 Corinthians 10:12, Colossians 3:16
Recover Principle EIGHT
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words.
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires. Matthew 5:10
12 Step Program Was Helpful But I Needed More…
I did feel that there was a spiritual element in the 12 step program, but I found that was negating Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The reason they used the term, “Higher Power” was in order not to turn away those who did not believe in God of the Bible, on one hand, that made some sense, but on the other hand, it kept Jesus Christ out of the recovery process.
So bottom line, the 12 step program was helpful, but not an end in all for my problems. But I needed the Lord’s help!
Do you need help right now for an addiction? You do not have to take this journey all by yourself; many people would be willing to walk with you.
Start with a Bible believing church and even Christian counseling. You may also consider a Christian 12 step program to help you get started like it did for me back in 1982-89. By the grace of God, I am thankful to be able to say that I have been clean and sober since June 25, 1986. ~ Bill Greguska
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12 Step Program
Since You Can Quit Anything…With God’s Help For:
- 15 minutes
- 30 minutes
- 1 hour
- 3 hours
- 8 hours and longer…
Then with God’s help, there is hope for you to quit the ANY addiction, or bad habit that has put you in chains.
Go for the goal of 24 hours, then 2 days, 4 days, 7 days, and so forth…
Do it One Day At A Time!
I am not saying it will be easy, but with God all things are possible!
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My Personal Customized 12 Step Program
By ~ Bill Greguska
- Admitted that I had become powerless over my addiction(s) (people and things) and that my life had become unmanageable with seemingly no way out.
- Came to believe that, through God, my life could be restored, and He could make me whole again.
- Decided to turn from the things of my past and asked Jesus to be Lord and center of my life.
- Made a complete and honest, moral inventory of myself to assess what needed to be changed.
- Admitted to God, myself, and someone who I could trust. Share the exact things that were going wrong in my life in which I needed help for in my life.
- Was entirely ready to have God take away all of my character defects once and for all.
- Humbly asked God to remove my shortcomings and to forgive me. Believing He would eliminate them, and I would receive His forgiveness to start over, clean.
- Made a list of people I have harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to those people, wherever possible, except when doing so would injure them or others.
- Continually take a personal inventory of my life, and when wrong, try to admit promptly, and make things right again.
- Sought, through prayer and meditation on God’s Word to strengthen my relationship with Him. To pray continually for the knowledge of His will for me and the power of His might to carry it out.
- Upon being spiritually restored and set free from the sin (which can so easily entangle me), I continue to try to share this new-found freedom and the One, who has freed me, with those who are still suffering. With God’s help, I eagerly attempt to act as Jesus would in all I do.
Personal 12 Step Program Begins With The 1st Step
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I think once I made up my mind that I was allergic to alcohol, and that’s what I learned, it made sense to me. And I think it was kind of pointed out that you know if you were allergic to strawberries, you wouldn’t eat strawberries. And that made sense to me. ~ Betty Ford
If you ask me, I think 12 step programs are perfectly valid, can be an enormous help. But it depends on the individual. ~ Pete Hamill
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.