So, to review, a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand, as Jesus said. And alcohol/drugs/other addictions are bondages from satan, while recovery is a gift of God. The 12 Step fellowships all share the same spiritual principles, which include growing in the honesty that replaces the lies and denial which defend and promote addiction.
Jesus Christ has been given all power by God the Father, and the fellowships are grounded in the admission of powerlessness (which can be understood as lacking the right relationship to the “One who has all power”), plus recognizing the need for a “life-manager”.
Now let’s consider what type of Higher Power we see in the 12 Steps and meetings. The Steps are actions that addicts of all types can take with help from recovery groups which are dedicated to improving a relationship with a loosly defined Power usually called God.
What can we learn about God from the Steps themselves? It is implicit in the 12 principles that there is a God (though we may understand Him differently), and He is the one who can/will restore us to sanity; we come to trust Him to do for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves in our owh strength (or lack of it).
The Serenity Prayer is said in most all such recovery meetings, in which we seek God’s grace to grant us increasing serenity to accept what we need to accept, at least for now, and the courage to change the things we are empowered to change, and the wisdom to know the difference between the two. In every meeting there will be evidence of people growing along these lines.
The Steps also require us to seek God in evaluating our own personal moral inventory, admit our wrongs to Him (and ourselves and another person), depend on Him to remove our shortcomings/character defects as we learn to know His will for us and give us the power to carry it out. We practise maintaining the cycle of examining our behavior, admitting what we are doing wrong currently, seeking thru meditation and prayer to let Him change us toward His ideal for us, and reach out to carry this recovery message to others seeking freedom.
The 2nd Tradition (guidelines for the survival of groups) says,
“For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”
Scriptures that come to mind, of course, are “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 4:16), and Christ said repeatedly, “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matt 20:26, Mark 9:35, 10:43).
Sorry, i got a little carried away here, anyone have any feedback on this aspect of the topic?