June 29, 2011
Working the Steps: Step 6
Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Getting ready for God to remove character defects in itself is a process. Some character defects are like old friends, comfortable and available.
We can't even get ready with out God's help!
In Steps One and Two we realized our powerlessness and found God's Power to be greater than ours. Step Three we turned our life and our will over to God. Steps Four and Five we admitted hard truths to God, to ourselves and to another person.
Now in Step 6 we wait for God to do some internal work on our hearts. It's not an action step on our part, but rather preparation that will enable us to become ready to release our character faults when the time comes in Step 7.
This is not quick work. Most of our character defects have been deeply ingrained in us since childhood. These patterns of behavior were often used as coping mechanisms in a traumatic environment. It will take time and practice to switch from our comfortable character defect to trusting God and allowing Him to be completely in control.
We must see our faults not as comfortable friends but harmful behaviors that have begun to control our lives. Once we know the truth about our faults and what must be removed; we can overcome our fears and with God's help, gather our self in readiness to go forward in recovery.
Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up.~ James 4:10