The Twelve Steps – a Spiritual Journey: Step Two: Faith

The Twelve Steps – a Spiritual Journey: Step Two: Faith

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The First Step in our journey towards freedom, healing and restoration in our lives began thus: “We admitted we were powerless over (our sin or addiction) – that our lives had become unmanageable.” This step is so important because you cannot heal or change what you don’t acknowledge! But this is only the beginning of our journey towards transformation. This step alone will leave us empty and possibly even despairing if we don’t continue on with our pilgrimage. This brings us to the second step:

“Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

In step one we humbly admit, “I can’t!” But in step two, we declare by faith, “God can!” One of the things you will discover about a trap is that it is always designed to be stronger than the thing one is trapping. For example, if you want to catch a bear, the bear trap must be stronger than the bear or it will escape. Sin is the same way. The nature of addictions is such that they are greater than our ability to escape from them – and that’s exactly the way our enemy, Satan, designed it!

Have you ever noticed the crazy cycle addicted people go through? They fall into their trap of sin, feel guilty and ashamed about it, and then try to use their will power to break free from the addiction or bondage. This may last for a week or even a month or two, if the person’s will power is strong enough. But eventually, just like a dog returns to its vomit, so the fool returns to his foolishness. There is no way for us to break free from our addiction on our own! But that’s where God comes in.

The Biblical basis for this step is found in Philippians 2:13: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He has the power to save, deliver, and make us whole.

“In Step Two, we begin to reflect upon our Higher Power. We remember that God has always accomplished the impossible for His people. He has restored and redeemed people in bondage, people in fear, people in weakness, and people in great hopelessness. The principle of Step One puts us in the perfect place for Step Two – a place of powerlessness.” (Meditations for the Twelve Steps – A Spiritual Journey).

Are you tired of being stuck in your sin? There is a Higher Power – and His name is Jesus – and He has come to set the captives free. Jesus Himself said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Come to Jesus today and be set free!

Second Step Prayer:

“I pray for an open mind so I may come to believe in a power greater than myself. I pray for humility and the continued opportunity to increase my faith. I don’t want to be crazy any more.” Amen! (Prayers for the Twelve Steps – A Spiritual Journey).

View the First Step HERE.

Chris Jordan is the President of Overcomers Outreach of Canada.

 

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About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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One Response to The Twelve Steps – a Spiritual Journey: Step Two: Faith

  1. Peter Brooke says:

    Thanks, Chris, for your clear explanation of the process of repentance and change of heart that, comes through true humility and dependence on God. He is the “Higher Power” that Who wants what is best for us and sets the moral boundaries for our lives because He values our souls above the comfort and convenience of our flesh which is so easily corrupted by its sinful and deceitful desires. I have found a quote from Brennan Manning’s excellent book “The Ragamuffin Gospel” which further describes the power of surrender and obedience in the sense of coming under the authority of our “Higher Power” on the way to being transformed from the inside out:

    “Maybe this is the heart of our hang-up and the root of our dilemma. We fluctuate between castigating ourselves and congratulating ourselves because we are deluded into thinking we save ourselves. We develop a false sense of security from our good works and scrupulous observance of the law. Our ‘halo’ gets too tight and a carefully disguised attitude of moral superiority results. Or we are appalled by our inconsistency, devastated that we haven’t lived up to our lofty expectations of ourselves. The roller coaster ride of elation and depression continues. Why?
    Because we never lay hold of our nothingness before God, and consequently, we never enter into the deepest reality of our relationship with Him. But when we accept ownership of our powerlessness and helplessness, when we acknowledge that we are paupers at the door of God’s mercy, then God can make something beautiful out of us. This ‘poverty of spirit’ is the second characteristic of saved sinners with tilted halos living by grace….” (Manning, Chap. 4 pgs. 79-80)

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