Tag: Twelve Steps

LLR Thought for the Day

God’s angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth.

Meditation for the Day

God’s power can deliver us from our addictive and compulsive behaviours and attitudes, but only if we are prepared to be rigorously honest with Him. To avoid His displeasure we need to apply what we learn from the Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Twelve Steps.

Prayer for the Day

Lord, help me today to help You to help me avoid Your displeasure by being honest with You and applying what You teach me through Your Word, Your Spirit and the Twelve Steps.

Twelve Steps of Christianity

Hi there,

Over the last couple of months, I have been challenged with the topic of what this blog will focus on in 2021. Every year in November and December I attempt to make a conscious decision on the focus for the year ahead.

To date, I have tried to maintain a 12 Step approach to blog content on this site. In the last few weeks, I have been reading (and studying) the book TWELVE STEP CHRISTIANITY by Saul Selby.

In this book, Saul Selby talks about how The Oxford Group’s spiritual tenets, contributed to the development of AA’s Twelve Steps.

The tenets are:

  • Surrender: The decision to submit one’s will totally to God’s will. e

  • Confession of Sin: Confessing one’s sins to both God and another person.
  • Restitution: The righting the wrongs done to others because of sin in our lives.

  • Guidance: Encouragement to set aside time for daily prayer and meditation to seek God’s face and receive direction and power for life.

  • Witnessing: Encouragement to share with others what God had done in our lives.

  • The Four Absolutes: The example of Christ Himself was the standard of living. His example of holy living held up as a banner by which we can measure our own behaviour.
    • Absolute Honesty
    • Absolute Purity
    • Absolute Unselfishness
    • Absolute Love

In the book Saul Selby also shares.
CHRISTIAN EQUIVALENTS OF THE TWELVES STEPS


They are:

  1. We are powerless to live the Christian Life. in our own strength.

  2. We need to experience Jesus both as personal and available in our lives.

  3. We need to decide to completely surrender our lives to God’s will and purpose.

  4. We need to honestly examine the impact of sin in our lives.

  5. We need to confess our sin to both God and another person we trust.

  6. We need to become determined to stop sinning.

  7. We need to ask God to remove our impulse to sin.

  8. We need to make restitution for the harm our sin has done to others.

  9. We need to resist the temptation to keep sinning, confess to God when we do, and make restitution for the harm it causes.

  10. We need to seek God’s will through prayer, meditation, and Bible study.

  11. Following salvation through faith in Jesus Christ we need to let Him use us to influence the lives of others.
  1. We are powerless to live the Christian Life.

  2. Experiencing Jesus as personal and available.

  3. Decide to completely surrender our lives to God.

  4. Honestly examine the impact of sin in our lives.

  5. Confessing our sin to God and another person.

  6. Become determined to stop sinning.

  7. Asking God to remove our impulse to sin.

  8. Making restitution for the harm our sin has done to others.

  9. Resisting the temptation to sin. Confessing to God when we do and making restitution for the harm it causes.

  10. Seeking God’s will through prayer, meditation and Bible study.

  11. Following salvation through faith in Jesus Christ letting Him use us to influence the lives of others.

In 2021 it is my desire to use these tenets and ‘Christian equivalents of the Twelve Steps’ to write daily podcasts and weekly topical videos to pass on the message ‘We all need recovery.’ and the way to achieve it is through learning and applying God’s plan for living as we walk the ‘Rod to Recovery’ together.

Let Go and Let God #1


2 Corinthians 1:9 We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally–not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead!

This week at Living Life Recovery we continue our six-week series on A.A. slogans. We commenced by looking at what the Bible says about ‘Living One Day At a Time.’ We followed that up last week by looking at the slogan ‘Easy Does It.’ and the process of adapting the Twelve Steps as a new way of living, developing personal relationship with God and changing our lives with His help at our own pace.

This week we are looking at the slogan ‘Let Go and Let God’

During our lives of addiction and compulsion there are times when our lives seemed to be falling apart. Times when we felt all was lossed and we were doomed to failure. The ‘Good News’  is that at all times God is ready, willing and able to help us, no matter what is going on. All we need to do is to learn to ‘Let Go’ of self and ‘Let God’ equip us to become the people He is calling us to be.

Let God and Let God

 

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