Today, the third day of 2020 is an opportune time to share the principles embedded in the first three steps of the 12-Step Program.
Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over our problems—that our lives had become unmanageable.
THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE of Step 1 calls for Honesty. If honesty is the principle of Step 1, then it is time to step up and ‘fess up to the unmanageability that has ruled our lives.
Step 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE guiding Step 2 is Hope– the assurance of a healthier tomorrow. Acronym for Hope – HOLD ON, PAIN ENDS
Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE of Step 3 calls us to believe in what we have not yet seen—it’s called Faith.
Acronym for Faith – FORSAKING ALL I TRUST HIM. Or how about this contemporary acronym for the principle of Faith – FEAR AIN’T IN THIS HOUSE!
Now that we’ve admitted we have a problem, our Spiritual Sense can breakthrough as we trust a Power greater than ourselves to lead us to the healing truth.
So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you (1 Peter 5:7 MSG).