THE TWELVE STEPS OF RECOVERY

The Twelve Steps of recovery have been an incredible guide for so many people on their journey of recovery.
They will help you, too. Especially if you are part of a group that encourages you, supports you, and prays with you for your healing.

Out of Denial Into Grace

STEP 1

We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compul­sive behaviors, that our lives had 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 Puts Us On Track

STEP 2

We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could 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


Don’t Be Afraid of It

STEP 3

We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiri­tual act of worship.”

Romans 12:1


I Want to See It All

STEP 4

We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.”

Lamentations 3:40


No Longer Slaves

STEP 5

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for each other that you may be healed.”

James 5:16


Coming Up for Air

STEP 6

We were 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


A New Heart

Clearing the Road 

STEP 7

We humbly asked 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


Making the list

STEP 8

We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”

Luke 6:31


STEP 9

We made 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

We continued 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

We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”

Colossians 3:16


STEP 12

Having had a spiritual experience as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to 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

STEPS TO CHRIST, recovery edition

For each of the 12 Steps, this book has encouraging messages about how God will help you in your recovery journey. It also gives practical ideas about how you can work with Him as He heals you and stands you up.

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