When a person admits they are powerless and must have God intervene in their life for one reason or another this request should come from a place of humility. Being humble enough to admit defeat in the face of an adversary should knock a person off their “high-horse” but then to actually need to get down from the “high-horse”, well, that’s a whole other level of defeat.
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Every person should take these 3 steps on a daily basis. The word “alcohol” can be easily replaced with your flavor of abuse, sin or whatever is keeping you from God. Inviting Jesus Christ to take the wheel because we know not what we are doing is nothing more than asking for God’s will to determine our next step. This is how we are suppose to live – for God’s will, not ours. The steps of AA simply codify this in a different manner. It is stripped to the bare bones of how to get closer to God, invite the Holy Spirit into our lives and begin following Jesus Christ. However, there is a certain elegance and beauty that Peter, and the other Apostles and prophets, bring to our lives that should be the manual for living our lives. The steps of AA merely open the door that allows us to see the need for Jesus Christ.
I Peter 5 NKJV
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you
11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.