Step 1

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.

“We felt we were doomed to die and saw how POWERLESS we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us. “ 2Corinthians 1:9

“Hitting bottom” is painful, especially when we have spent a lifetime covering up our problems in order to appear successful and serene, particularly in a church setting!  A person who has been using drugs and/or alcohol to “socialize” but eventually uses in order to just feel normal has crossed an invisible line into addiction.  This can be a lonely, frightening place!  Loving someone who is addicted is like loving two people – the drunk one and the sober one (confusing!)  It usually takes a painful crisis for any of us to realize our need for help.  As long as we think we can handle it (drugs, alcohol, loved one’s addictions) we just stay on a roller coaster of denial.  Once we “give up” (surrender) – that’s when God steps in and does for us what we can’t do for ourselves.

A.    Powerlessness and helplessness:

  • Num. 11.:11-17                Luke 13:10-13
  • Jer. 9:23-24                      Rom. 5:1-6
  • John 15:5                         Rom. 7:18-8:2
  • 2 Cor. 3:4-5                     2 Cor. 1:9
  • Prov. 28:13                      Phil. 3:3b

B. Man’s extremity of weakness becomes God’s opportunity to help:

  • Psa. 116:1-9                     Mark 5:21-29
  • Mark 4:35-41                   Psa. 147:10-11
  • 2 Cor. 10:3-4

C.    Strength in weakness:

  • 2 Cor. 12:1-10                  Eph. 3:16
  • Heb. 11:32-34                  Isa. 40:28-31

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