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Title:Step One Where The Journey Begins
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Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol---that our lives had become unmanageable.

The first thing that we have to accept is that we are powerless over life and what it brings us. Life can be a great joy especially if things are going good for us.  But what about those times that life keeps kicking us down to despair? Or what Paul called it "a thorn in my flesh."

Romans 7:14-25 KJV

14. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15. For that which I do I allow not; for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for it will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19. For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21. I find then a saw, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is my members.
24. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul's problem isn't that he didn't a lack of desire. The problem was a lack of power.  The law tells us how God wants us to live, but it lacks power.  The power didn't arrive until Christ died on the cross and sent us the Holy Spirit. For it is the Holy Spirit gives us that power.

Galatians 5:17 KJV

17. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the on to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

So we see that there is a conflict between our sinful nature and the our spiritual nature.  The natural person comes into play when a throne in the flesh comes our way.  And we forget about the Lord and proceed to get worried and frustrated in why this pain has come our way.  Now this pain could be sickness, addiction, etc. And at times like this we forget about the Lord.  We seek doctors out to find a cure for whatever the pain might be.

Romans 6:13 KJV

13. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your member as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Satan loves it when a thorn in the flesh comes our way. For he will bring doubt into our minds that everything is not going to be alright. Not only to we have to fight a pain but we have to fight the battle with Satan. And it is important that we use our member as instruments of righteousness unto God.

In verse 24, the question was asked, "who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" And the answer is found in verse 25. It is Jesus Christ our Lord, that will deliver us.

We need to go to Christ first when we face a thorn in the flesh, so the sinful nature we not get a hold of us.  Because it is through Christ that we will find peace and strength to go through it.

(Message edited by JohnTBegin On 06/06/2018 08:55 AM)
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Date Posted: 06/06/2018 08:54 AM
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Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol---that our lives had become unmanageable.

I Am Weary

Psalm 6:6-7

6. I am weary with my groaning: all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
7. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

When we admit that we are powerless over alcohol---that our lives had become unmanageable, we are recognizing our enemy, alcohol.  And that we are powerless over it, there is nothing we can do about it. At least that is what we first believe.  But in reality there is something that we can do.  And that is to reach out for a power greater than ourselves.

Proverbs 23:29-35

29. Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30. They that tarry long at the wine: they that go to seek mixed wine.
31. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33. Thine eyes shall behold strange women and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

I would go to bed wondering how I was going to get though the next day. At first it started as a minute to minute thing to start this journey in recovery.

Psalm 6:2-4

2. Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
3. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?
4. Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for they mercies' sake.

I can not remember the times when I went to bed at night that I asked the Lord to have mercy on me.  I didn't start my recovery at a young age, I started it at the good old age of 50. So not only what old age brings I also had to deal with my thorn in the flesh.

Psalm 40:1-3

1. I waited patiently for the Lord: and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
3. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

I have to admit that at that time patience was not one of my strong points in life. Today I still get lessons in patience. I have learned that you need to have patience especially if you are in recovery.  For the reality of the situation is that we didn't get where we were overnight it took time.  In recovery it also will take time and patience.  And since one of my many character defects was not being patience in what I want, God start working on me with patience and learning the importance of having patience. I had to come to understand that the Lord knows what He is doing, and all I have to do is just trust Him in giving this path to recovery. And each time that the Lord gave me a lesson in how to live life on His terms and not my own.  

For those that just cannot find recovery, they haven't really taken Step One as serious as they need to get it.  They just have not learned patience and just want it now. But that is not how it works. First off you not only have to admit that you are powerless over alcohol, you have to accept it as a fact a truth, that you are powerless.  And to overcome this powerlessness you need to have patience, and most important that you have a open mind.  Where at one time you did not give the Lord any thought in your life.  It will take patience and learning to move towards a way of life that will in the end give us the satisfaction of living our life with the Lord instead of the way we were living life, a life without the Lord, to a life with the Lord. And to do that you need to find out about the Lord, and what a wonderful life you can have, without alcohol. Just by trusting the Lord and not ourselves.

God Bless,

Have a good day,
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Date Posted:06/06/2018 10:24 AM
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Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:19

19. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.

One day I wasn't feeling to good. Didn't really didn't think to much of it, thought it might be some kind of virus going around that it would eventually go away.  With a lot of nagging from my wife I gave in and went to see a doctor. Well he did some blood work and came back with not such good news.  Asked some questions, but I guess I didn't answer the right.  Next thing I knew I was on my way to the hospital for detox.  Oops!  Didn't see that coming my way.  Was only suppose to be in detox for 3 days.  Well that day came and the doctor came in and then proceeded to ask me some questions. Then the other oops fell, I had to stay for at least one more day.  Did it again didn't answer the question right.

Well I did finally get out of detox and then was to take part in out-patience recovery, but since they put me in a half-way house, I really didn't see that it was out patient since I couldn't go home.

Deuteronomy 30:20 

20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days; that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

it wasn't until later in my recovery that I understood verse 20.  Verse 19 wasn't to hard to figure out.  Of course I choose life.

Now I probably didn't have the smooth start in getting started on my journey, but at least it was a start.

Have a good day.

Have a good day,
John T. Begin
Date Posted:06/07/2018 18:18 PM
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