Principle 1 (excerpt)

  
    

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

This principle states that I, as an individual caught in a lifestyle of sin and fear, am not only powerless over the substance I have abused, but (left to myself) am not capable of managing my own life without help from God.

The following scriptures will show me that without the LORD to manage my life, I can never obtain any real measure of peace or happiness.

Galatians 5:19-23

  1. What is the definition of the "sinful nature"? What and how many works can I identify with?
  2. What are the differences between "acts," "works" or "deeds," and "fruit"? Do both proceed from the heart of man? 
  3. When I depend on myself, which do I manifest, the "acts," "works," or "deeds" of the sinful nature or the "fruit" of the Spirit?

Genesis 4:7 (compare with (cf) James 4:17)

  1. If I know the right things to do and don’t do them, who is to blame? Who or what do I usually blame? Does blaming someone else change my guilt?
  2. How does sin gain control in my life? Do I have a pattern that allows me to fall into sin? Give an example. 
  3. Have I been successful at mastering sin by myself?

Romans 3:10 & 23

  1. What is the meaning of "righteousness"?
  2. Can I achieve "righteousness" on my own? 
  3. Am I equally guilty with all others? Can I be equally "righteous" with other believers?

James 2:10 (cf Romans 3:10-19)

  1. Have I ever tried to be really good or change my behavior on my own? How long did it last? What were the results?
  2. If what this scripture says is true, who can possibly make it? (cf Matthew 19:23-26)

Proverbs 14:12

  1. What does "the way that seems right to a man" mean?
  2. Is "the way that seems right to a man" the same thing as "doing my own thing," "according to my own understanding," or "I know in my heart that this is the right thing to do"? 
  3. Is this scripture saying that I’m not able to manage my own life (cf Jeremiah 13:23; Psalm 119:9)? What proof do I have to prove my results, good or bad? Give some examples.

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