If there is one thing Satan probably loves to see it is when folks think they are healing themselves - even better if they give credit for help to their “higher power”. Here’s a news flash folks – Satan is a higher power. Only GOD the Creator is The Higher Power. The Highest Power! Either you acknowledge GOD the Creator or you are fatally doomed to die with your “higher power”.
It doesn’t matter how “good” you have done since you joined ALANON or any other NON - if you are giving credit or allegiance to the wrong “power”, any power other than GOD, you are gaining a life and losing your soul. Ever heard of doing the right thing for the wrong reason? You haven’t hurt the ones around you near as much as you have hurt GOD – and He created you! He sent His Son to suffer and die on a cross for you!
However, for those that feel they need the structure of 12 Steps, or who have an addictive personality, try the following:
12 Steps to Do
1. Believe in GOD - YHWH the Creator. Your Creator.
Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2. Treat Him as your GOD. Just believing He is real is not enough.
James 2:19 - You believe that there is one God; you doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
3. Put your faith and trust in Jesus only. GOD offers us salvation through Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
4. Demonstrate your faith in Jesus by being baptized.
Mark 16:16 - He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.
5. Admit your faith in Jesus to others.
Matthew 10:32-33 - Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in Heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny him before My Father in Heaven.
6. Do what Jesus asks of you.
John 14:15 - If you love me keep my commandments.
7. Love GOD above all else and all others.
Mark 12:29/30 - And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.
8. Love your neighbor.
Mark 12:31 - And the second is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
9. Study His Word. Don’t just read the Bible – study.
Matthew 11:29 - Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart, "and you will find rest to your souls."
10. Use the Entire Bible. Keep things in context.
Isaiah 28:10 - For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11. Live your faith. Actions speak louder than words.
James 2:24 -You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
12. Help others with Steps 1 thru 11!
Mark 16:15 - And he said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
These twelve steps are just a beginning. The following may help in the rest of the journey. Become “addicted” to hearing and sharing the Word.
2 Peter 1:5/8 - And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you for joining me on The Path to light.
In Brotherly Love,
Historical Note: The Serenity Prayer is the common name for an originally untitled prayer credited (@1937) to American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Here is the best-known short form:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
And here is the original:
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.