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 suffered and died 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 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 - Thou believest that there is one God; thou 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.
Romans 10:9 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
6. Do what Jesus asks of you.
John 14:15 - If ye 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 thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
8. Love your neighbor.
Mark 12:31 - And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
9. Study His Word. Don’t just read the Bible – study.
2 Timothy 2:15 - Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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 -Ye 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 unto them, Go ye 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.
Romans 10:17 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
You learned to crawl before you walked and walk before you ran. So it is in:
1) Your study of the Word
2:2 - As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2) Your living the Word
2Peter 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 ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Brotherly Love,
WayneHistorical 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.