12 Steps: Step Seven
When I give an overview of the 12 Steps it goes like this:
Steps 1-3: Conversion. I realized I couldn't do it alone and that there was a power greater than myself that I could trust to help so I turned my will and my life over to Him.
Steps 4-5: Preparing myself to be cleansed of emotions, the behaviors, and the beliefs that had kept me from being free from my addictions and I shared those things with God and a trusted person.
Steps 6-7: Being cleansed from those things. In Christian circles we call that sanctification. It is first becoming willing to turn lose of all of those things that have kept me in my addiction and humbly asking God to remove them.
That is where we are at this point. We are asking God to remove these shortcomings, or as the original 12 steps calls it, "these defects of Character."
Step seven involves the transformation or purification of our character. When we are truly willing and ready to be changed God will change us. The prophet Ezekiel spoke of God's plan to change those who come to him, beginning on the inside. Read how he says it:
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws - Ezekiel 36:25-27
God, our higher power, has promised that if we come to him sincerely, asking him to change us from the inside out, he will. The apostle John wrote, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9
The goal of this step is to be reconciled to God. It is to remove everything that has kept us from the blessing of being in right standing with him. In religious terms it is repentance. Repentance simply means to make an about face, a turn around.
While we were in our addiction and exercising unacceptable behaviors we were doing life our way, and that wasn't working very well for us. When we get to the point that we are willing to have God change us and we sincerely ask him to we are saying that we are tired of doing it our way and we are ready to do it his way.
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