12 Steps: Step Four
Hey, check it out dude… so begins a conversation with someone who wants you to pay attention to what they are going to say.That person is usually just trying to get your attention and probably what they want to say is not earth shaking or life changing.
For those of us who are on the journey of recovery from undesirable behaviors ”checking it out” is vitally important.to our progress.
STEP FOUR: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Taking a look on the things we have inside us can be pretty tough. If we do this “searching and fearless moral inventory,” then we are going to have to admit to ourselves that we have these issues, and that isn’t easy.
However, if we are not willing to do this difficult thing then we are doomed to continue making the same mistakes we have been making and we will continue to get the same results we’ve been getting.
It’s time to bite the bullet and take the plunge. Begin today to fearlessly make this search of your inner-self to see just what things actually are there. This process of self-examination will help you discover just where you are in your journey and will help you to make a plan on how you can move forward toward your goal of being free from controlling behaviors.
The goal of this step is not to discourage you as you discover all the stuff you have inside you, rather, it is to help you find inner-peace and it is just one of the steps you take on this journey.
There is a Scripture in the Bible which relates to this process. It reads, “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord” (Lamentations 3:40).
You must remember that there are 12 steps in the process of recovery. And, it is good to remember that you only take one step at time in any journey, particularly this journey of faith into recovery.
In steps one, two and three you were moving from desperation to faith. There is a passage quoted often about the grace of God and I think it relates well to this step. Read this passage and I will include in brackets [ ] some alternate words or paraphrase:
It is by grace [God's favor] you have been saved [restored from undesirable behaviors], through faith [as you make the decision to turn your will and your life over to God] – and this not from yourselves [because you couldn't do it on your own], it is the gift of God – Ephesians 2:8
If you have faithfully completed step three then you are ready to take the plunge into step four. We have materials which will help you through this process. I encourage you to visit our website. You will find a lot of good information to help you on your journey of faith and recovery from undesirable behaviors. Our website is: http://www.biblestudydevotions.com
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