Why do I always go the wrong direction?????????

Why do my choices always blow up in my face????

Ever feel powerless???


If so, how can you become responsible?
What do you have the power to do?

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous,
as well as the BIBLE, teach that people must admit they are moral failures. Alcoholics admit they are powerless over alcohol. They don't have the fruit of self-control. Their powerlessness over addiction is similar to Paul's frustration that "what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." (Romans 7:15, 19, 23)

Though you do not have the power in and of yourself to overcome these patterns, you do have the power to do some things that will bring fruits of victory later.


You have the power to agree with the truth about your   problems. In the Bible this is called "confession." You can   say, "That is me." You may not be able to change it yet, but   you can confess.


You have the power to submit your inability to God. You   always have the power to ask for help and yield. You have the   power to humble yourself and turn your life over to Him. You   may not be able to make yourself well, but you can call the   Doctor. The humbling of yourself, commanded in the Bible, is   always coupled with great promises. (1 John 1:9; James   4:7-10; Matt. 5:3-6)


You have the power to search, and ask God - and others - to   reveal more about what is within your being. Ask for feedback   from trusted individuals who have the insight to your   character and can help you value what you already possess and   help you see the area that needs improvement.


You have the power to turn from the evil that you find within   you. This is called "repentance." This does not mean that you'll be perfect; it means that you can see your sinful parts as aspects that you want to change.


You have the power to humble yourself and ask God - and   others - to help you with your developmental insecurities and   leftover childhood needs. Many of your problematic parts come   from being empty inside, and you need to seek God, and   others, to have those needs met.



You have the power to seek out those you have injured and   make amends. You need to do this in order to be responsible   for yourself and your sin, and be responsible to those you   have injured. (Matt. 5:23-24)

Its a journey for many...
Start your journey today...
Don't give up on yourself or God...
He won't give up on you....

Please see my teaching on GRACE VS WORKS for more help in overcoming anything you don't have the ability or strength to overcome.


     Taken from Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John   Townsend. Copyright (c) 1992