Lesson 2 - Principle 1

  

I ADMIT AND ACCEPT THAT I HAVE BECOME POWERLESS OVER ALCOHOL, THE SUBSTANCE, OR SOMEONE I HAVE ABUSED AND CAUSED TO SUFFER, AND THAT MY LIFE IS UNMANAGEABLE.


This principle states that we are caught in a lifestyle of sin and fear. We are not only powerless over the substance(s) we have abused, but, if left to ourselves, we are not capable of managing our own lives without help from God. The following scriptures and definitions show us that, without the LORD to manage our lives, we will never obtain any real measure of peace or happiness.

The beginning point in our walk in sobriety has to be the place of recognizing that we are all sinners and that there is only one way to God – not many as we have heard. God desires a living and loving relationship with mankind. But man, because of his fallen nature, desires to be religious. God desires to make the pathway to Him straight and narrow for man. However, because of pride, man desires to set up his own set of rules, regulations, rituals, and ceremonies to obtain and gain entrance to heaven. We have to come to an end of ourselves before we will allow God to save us. The following principles and selected scriptures will show us our need and our behaviors before Christ is able to enter our hearts and becomes LORD of our lives.