Step 2

2. Came to believe in a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

“A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God’s wisdom are safe.” Proverbs 28:26

We had lost hope that things could ever change.  Our prayers seemed to stop at the ceiling.  Getting to a place of believing that our “higher power” (Jesus Christ) can really help us out of the “impossible” pit of despair of our addiction or obsession with another person is a giant step.  This takes the kind of power that only He can provide. “Restored to sanity” assumes that we’ve been insane!  Most of us resent hearing this, having believed that the problems were due to something or someone else.  Rigorous honesty causes us to admit that our lives have become pretty insane, and drugs, alcohol or our obsession with another’s behavior usually has been involved.  Addiction itself is recognized as a form of insanity, because we continue to use or drink EVEN THOUGH we are destroying our lives.  Even when we find some temporary sobriety, we may experience a “slip” back into the same course of destruction.  Our Lord has the power necessary to heal us and restore our focus to some peace and serenity we never thought possible, no matter HOW bad it’s been.

A.    Examples of weak faith:

  • Matt. 6:28-30                   Matt. 14:23-32
  • Matt. 8:23-26                   Mark 9:17-29

B.    Examples of strong faith:

  • Matt. 8:1-3                       Matt. 9:18-25
  • Matt. 8:8-10                     Matt. 9:27-29

C.    Obstacles that test faith of believers:

  • Matt. 15:21-28                 Mark 5:35-36
  • Mark 10:13                      John 9:1-25
  • Luke 5:17-26

D.    Insanity – Hebrew word for “fool.”

  • Psa. 14:1                         Prov. 12:15
  • Psa. 30:2-3                      Prov. 28:26

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