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Normies React to the 12 Steps

"I think admitting to having a problem in general is the right first step, but to admit powerlessness is unhealthy. .. I think admitting powerlessness is more harmful because it doesn't help. Admitting that you want and need help is more useful after admittance."

"...no one wants to be addicted to anything. 12-step treatment teaches addiction is a chronic, progressive disease. Members don't have a choice to use because they're "powerless" over the substances."

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If you are made in the image and likeness of God are you powerless and without free will?

Mathew 5:3 "Blessed are the Poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God." This critical first beatitude is about the virtue of being humble. The most haunting verse in Scripture is found in both James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” The meaning of the word "poor" in Greek means one who has nothing and is completely empty. The beauty of this beatitude is in the irony of one needing to be empty in order to become full with the spirit of Christ Driven Behavior. Some times we do need to format the computer of our lives and start over. That's a choice and a powerful decision.

AA says: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Celebrate Christ says: Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
 
Powerless people are not self-sufficient people. Believing one is Powerless can be an excuse to be irresponsible and relapse. Do I have a disease over which I am powerless?  That was the belief in 1935,  but not today. That's not what the evidence shows. We are made in the image and likeness of God. No one is powerless if they can make decisions, have free will and choice. Powerless over one's innate tendency to make bad choices is one thing but no human is completely powerless over objects such as a bottle of Vodka, pill, powder or injectable substance. We have free will. As a recreational weekend chemical abuser, I never felt powerless, nor was my life unmanageable. I chose to make poor choices on purpose. I felt I deserved my quick fix or mood changer on the weekend. With my free will and ability to choose:  I determined the chronology, quality and quantity of my abuse. Yes, I  realize that I was powerless over my tendency to abuse, to take the easy way out,  to do the wrong thing. I'd made false idols out of my weekend escape, but this was a result of corrupted thinking and poor choices. With respect to my relationship with God, my life was indeed unmanageable as I failed the greatest commandment, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30

Change your thinking and change your life.

 


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"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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