I believe that God uses many ways to reinforce His Word in the Bible. Bill Wilson was the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and a Christian. The 12 Steps of recovery that he created were based on Biblical principles and many people over the years have worked through them to break free from self destructive thinking and behavior of all kinds in over 200 different recovery programs. The 12 Steps can help anyone who is struggling with sin to have a spiritual awakening, and many people have been led back to the church as a result. In The Fourth Step says “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” In the Fourth Step, many people have actually seen their own sin clearly for the first time. I know I did.
When we work the Fourth Step we have to be honest about our immoral behavior, our character defects, and our short comings – in other words – our sin. We have to accept that our problems are within us and stop blaming other people for the trouble in our life. We are responsible for the choices we have made and the things we have done. We take our own inventory. After doing this, Step Five says “We admitted to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Many people have found spiritual freedom after working the Fourth and Fifth Step. When people want to beat us down and criticize us for the mistakes we have made we say “Take your own inventory!”
Sometimes we focus on other people’s sin in prayer and feel superior to them because “God I thank you that I’m not like them!” However, Jesus says you need to look at the man or woman in the mirror and take your own inventory.
To find a 12 Step Group in the Lincolnton area Google “12 Step Meetings Lincolnton NC.”
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or email@example.com.
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