Pastor Gary Dilley asks the question – Do You Want to Get Well? (John 5:1-9)
Let’s look at some examples and what steps we can take!
The original Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are:
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. .
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him.
Made a searching fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
What might be 12 Steps to Wellness for the Christian?
We admit we are unable to control ourselves and are powerless over our addictions – that we cannot change our lives by ourselves.
The Holy Spirit has caused us to believe that only a Power greater than ourselves (the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit) can restore us to sanity -that only Jesus can lead us to fullness of life.
We have made a conscious decision by the Holy Spirit to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God through forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
We have made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our entire lives.
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character, offering repentance for our behavior and our sinful habits.
We humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings, accepting forgiveness of all of our sins.
We will make a list of all persons we have harmed by word or actions, and are willing to make amends to them by confessing our faults.
We will make direct restitution for our behavior to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others or do them further harm.
We continue to walk consciously in the light of Christ and take personal inventory both of temptations and sins, and promptly admit when we are wrong, building and keeping an open relationship with God and being honest with ourselves.
We seek through prayer and meditation by regular Bible study and fellowship with other Christians to improve our conscious contact with God, praying for knowledge of His will for us and the power of the Spirit to carry it out.
Spiritually awakened as the result of these steps, we are determined to take this Gospel message to others who are not well (whether of great or small things), and to practice these principles in all of life as the Holy Spirit leads and empowers.
The Ten Commandments to Self-Defeat: Gary Sweeten gives us the Ten Commandments of Self-Defeat:
You shall never make mistakes.
You shall upset yourself when things go wrong.
You shall blame your neighbor as yourself.
You shall neither love, nor forgive, nor accept yourself.
You shall always expect things to be different than the way they are.
You shall seek the love and approval of everyone for everything you do.
You shall avoid facing life’s difficulties, remembering that you cannot change because you are trapped by your past.
You shall be preoccupied with whatever bothers you.
You shall wait passively for happiness to come to you.
You shall be dependent mostly on others for your happiness.
Pastor Mark expands on the message Attaboy shared with us. Use What Got You Got, for the glory of God.
He uses illustrations based on Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)