When a 12-Step Program Is Good…But Not Good Enough

Have you used a twelve-step program, such as the original Alcoholics Anonymous program, and found success?  Have you also found that success over a particular sin was helpful but not sufficient to bring genuine and lasting peace to your heart?

If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then consider taking your next twelve steps with Jesus Christ.  Here’s how.

One Reply to “When a 12-Step Program Is Good…But Not Good Enough”

  1. Earnestly, Mike, the following is not meant to be off-topic since I believe – and have experienced – that Jesus is the only one who can set us free from sin (Jn 8:34-36) by filling our hearts with His unconditional love. This good love fills the deepest “roots”, so that any bad fruit will wither automatically, and the good fruit of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23) nourished by God’s love (Rom 5:5) will break through like the first ray of sunshine after a long, dark night without any visible light. Therefore I would say:

    Our Lord Jesus Christ
    He is more than good enough, so that we don’t have to hang our head in shame…
    when we see one…
    or 10, or 1,000 sins to blame
    He loves us with or without them just the same!

    BTW, my reply to your first question was, “No.” That means, my only success lies in Christ.
    Of course, there were times in my life when I thought I could get rid of my sinful behavior on my own. Yet I was wrong; my pride deceived me, and I finally saw that any “success” in one area was followed by defeats in other areas. It was as if the evil would crawl through my soul, hiding here and there, making me believe it was gone, yet it was only hidden for some time. To be honest, it was both frustrating and futile to fight against an enemy I couldn’t see at all.

    Thanks be to Jesus that He already won that fight dying on the cross for us; thus we can go to Him when we are heavy laden with sins since He promised to give us rest (Mt 11:28).

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