Celebrate Recovery

09/14/2020

12 Steps and Biblical Comparisons

1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had 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 NIV
 

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

For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV
 

3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills 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 NIV


4. We made 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 NIV
 

5. We admitted 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 5:16a NIV
 

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

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 NIV
 

7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NIV
 

8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31 NIV
 

9. We made direct amends to such people whenever 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 NIV
 

10. We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12

11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16a NIV
 

12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to 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 them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1 NIV

SONGS

 

 

Hungry

Hungry I come to You
For I know You satisfy
I am empty but I know
Your love does not run dry


So I wait for You
So I wait for You

 

I've fallen on my knees
Offering all my needs
Jesus, You're all
This heart is living for

 

Broken I run to You
For Your arms are open wide
I am weary but I know Your touch
Restores my life

 

So I wait for You
So I wait for You

 

I've fallen on my knees
Offering all my needs
Jesus You're all
This heart is living for, yeah, yeah

 

I've fallen on my knees
Offering all my needs
Jesus You're all
This heart is living for

 

So I wait for You
So I wait for You, yeah

 

So I wait for You
So I wait for You, yeah

 

And I've fallen on my…

 

 

 

 

GOOD GOOD FATHER

 

I've heard a thousand stories

of what they think you're like
But I've heard the tender whispers

of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you're pleased
And that I'm never alone

You're a good good father
It's who you are, it's who you are,

it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am,

it's who I am

I've seen many searching

for answers far and wide
But I know we're all searching
For answers only you provide
'Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

 

You're a good good father
It's who you are, it's who you are,

it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am,

it's who I am

Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are…

 

Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 

the courage to change the things I can, 

and the wisdom to know the difference. 

Living one day at a time, 

enjoying one moment at a time;

accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;

 

taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;

 

trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;

 

so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

 

Amen.

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Steve Kowalski at steve@sterilaser.net