James’ 12 Step Recovery Program:
1. Willingly admit that I have avoided the root-causes and have blamed the side-effects which have led to my present disorientation and desperation.
James 4:1a - What causes fights and quarrels among you?
2. Come to realize that there is--and always has been--a fierce battle inside of me between my flesh and my spirit for the control of my life.
3. Recognize that most of my inner turmoil is born out of disappointment due to unmet needs and unfulfilled expectations—right or wrong.
4. Begin to acknowledge that my anger at God for not helping me out stems from wanting many good things for bad reasons—wrong motives.
5. Admit the cyclical pattern of how I have taken God’s blessings and abused them on my own personal pleasure to temporarily medicate my emptiness.
6. Own up to the fact that I have rejected God’s desire for a monogamous relationship and have kept cheating on Him with other gods to cope with my crap.
7. Quit interpreting God’s jealousy for me as an unrealistic demand meant to trap me and begin seeing it as a reasonable desire of relationally healthy love.
8. Come to understand that God is thwarting my proud attempt to create my own reality apart from truth--and this is for my ultimate good.
9. Humbly choose to submit to God’s desires and to break soul ties with the devil who I have allowed to rule and rob me.
10. Accept Jesus’ invitation to draw near to him by washing my hands of my Rebel-self and my heart of my False-self.
11. Rid myself of the fake feelings I’ve hidden behind for so long and finally let myself lament over the injury I’ve endured and caused…to leave behind the poser and begin to change.
12. Finally, trust that a life of humble submission to God’s Love will lift me from now on and that I don’t need to lift myself, hate myself, or medicate myself anymore.
James 4:10 - Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Grace says, “I’ll never quit on you while I’m fighting against you for you. And just in case you wondered, you can’t exhaust me. There’s plenty more where that came from. Relax, I’m not going anywhere.”
Man is born broken. He lives by mending.
The grace of God is the glue. - Eugene O'Neill