Recovery Principles From The Bible
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Without living with principles, a man or woman will fall for anything that sounds good, looks good, or feels good. ~ Bill Greguska
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Eight Recovery Principles
The 12 Step Program With God As The Higher Power Works!
Eight Christian Principles To The 12 Step Program
This 12 step program was founded in 1990 by Pastor John Baker of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
Eight Recovery Principles Are Based On The Beatitudes From Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount.
The Beatitudes With The Recovery Program!
1st Recovery Principle
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
2nd Recovery Principle
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
3rd Recovery Principle
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
Happy are the meek. Matthew 5:5a
4th Recovery Principle
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
Happy are the pure in heart. Matthew 5:8a
5th Recovery Principle
Voluntarily submit to any changes God wants 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
6th Recovery Principle
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
7th Recovery Principle
Reserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer 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
8th Recover Principle
Yield me 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
Let God Use The Recovery Program Shape You!
My 12 Step Program Was Helpful, But Not Enough!
What Do You Know About The 12 Step Program?
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 the one hand, which 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 as 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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