Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Following A Path From The Darkness

Romans 12:2
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way that you think. Then you will know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

If I Follow The Bible, I Don't Really Need To Work The  Twelve Steps

News flash!!!! Working the steps IS following the Bible. Did you not know that the steps were a combination of the book of James.....The 13th Chapter of I Corinthians.....and Jesus' teaching from the Mount (Also known as The Beatitudes)? Can't get much more Scriptural than these three parts.

The steps are a guide....a path to help navigate a new way of living.
In the old life, a person lives by chaos, in chaos, all the while creating more and more chaos.
So to be suddenly called to move into a daily routine of order is a hard task. The steps provide a discipline and direction. Why do you think the battle cry of recovery is ONE DAY AT A TIME? Because that is all we have to day.

The Steps are a path of hope, and hope is a powerful tool when it is pointed toward Jesus, because he is the creator and finisher of all hope. I guess you could say that hope and faith go hand in hand. You can have both of them, pointed in the wrong direction, and still be disillusioned and helpless. But when my hope rests in the simple fact that, in this new relationship I have with Jesus, He truly is who He claims to be, and will do what He has promised to do. 

Such faith....
Such hope...
Fuels me to cling to....rely in....and look to in every situation, Jesus.
You see where I keep referring to the steps as a path.
Well, what is a path?
It is a worn down direction that has been created by others who walked it over and over, until it can be clearly seen by someone who has never walked it before.
In other words, the Twelve Steps are a path that others have followed....
Not just one or two people....
Not just hundreds or thousands....
But this Path to God, and life with Him has been trod by millions.
I guess that is why we can say with all confidence that "Rarely have we seen anyone fail who has thoroughly followed our path.
The only ones who truly fail or those who will not give themselves to this relationship Jesus is calling all of us to, or those who simply do not want to follow.

I know this...
The Twelve Steps are a path to healing and restoration based on God's truth that will change the way you think, act and live.
God on you....

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