We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
The Life Recovery Devotional says of Step 10 “As we continue to take personal inventory, we will be reminded that we are human. We are powerless in ourselves, weak and constantly in need of God’s mighty power.”
The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21 You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. As we travel on the ‘Road to Recovery‘ we must remember we are creatures of habit. Left to our own devices we will always look for ‘the easier, softer way.’ Not only do we not like pain and we will do all we can to avoid it. God’s way is not always the easiest way but it is always the best way.
Through Christ, our battle over powerlessness is won (if we stay close to Him and His purpose for our lives.) God’s Word is a powerful weapon, given to us as a ‘road map’ of living according to His purpose on a daily basis. Ephesians 6:14-17 says “Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.” We need in the process of recovery to learn not just what God says but how to apply it to every area of our lives on a daily basis.
We have the power to overcome any and every obstacle life throws at us (God’s mighty power is found in daily walking in the strength of the Holy Spirit) Acts 1:8 says “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere” God’s purpose for us through the application of the Twelve Steps is ‘SERVICE’ Passing on to others through our experience, strength and hope what God has done and is revealing to us so others still suffering from the negative effects of addiction and compulsion will desire what we have and want to pursue it for themselves. The purpose of Step Ten is a daily check-up on self to ensure we are in tune with God’s way of living in order that we might be used to Glorify Him and lead others on the ‘Path to Recovery’
“We sometimes hate the people we should feel sorry for.
This helps no one.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman