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12 Steps of Recovery and their Biblical Comparisons

 

Step 1. Admitting we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors and that our lives have 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)
 

Step 2. Come to believe that a power greater than ourselves can 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)
 

Step 3. Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)
 

Step 4. Make a search and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
 

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. (Lamentations 3:40)
 

Step 5. Admitting to God, to ourselves, and to another human beings, 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)
 

Step 6. Make ourselves 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)
 

Step 7. Humbly ask Him to remove all our shortcomings.
 

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

Step 8. Make a list of all persons we have harmed and become willing to make amends to them all.
 

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

Step 9. Make 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)
 

Step 10. 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)
 

Step 11. Seek 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)
 

Step 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 him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)


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