Twelve Steps & Biblical Comparisons

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Millions of People in Recovery Engage the 12 Steps Each Day

Did you know that each day, more than 700,000 people seek treatment for addiction?  During the month of September, we celebrate with our program residents and the 23 million people in recovery who have made the brave decision to start their journey toward healing and renewal.  At City Mission we offer Biblically-Based-counseling to the men and women participating in our Life Recovery Programs.  The Word of God is the guideline we follow to show people the way out of their problems and back to God.  Did you know that city Mission's Life Recovery Programs have an overall proven success rate of 66% for men and women who stay stay with us over 90 days?  Recovery is within reach one step at a time.  Make today the first day of your recovery journey.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors. That our lives had become unmanageable.  (Romans 7:18 "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.")
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.  (Philippians 2:13 "For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.")
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.  (Romans 12:1 "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.")
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.  (Lamentations 3:40 "let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.")
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.  (James 5:16a "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.")
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.  (James 4:10 "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.")
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.  (1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.")
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.  (Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you.")
  9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.  (Matthew 5:23-24 "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.")
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.  (1 Corinthians 10:12 "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall.")
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.  (Colossians 3:16a "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.")
  12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs.  (Galatians 6:1 '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.")
September 27, 2018
Susan Gartland - Social Media Manager
Sue Gartland
Social Media Manager
Sue has a vast career in gospel rescue missions adding great value to the City Mission team. Sue has been in many roles in the mission and is always filling in where she is needed - which is A LOT!
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