STEP 7: We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
"If we confess or sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." ~ 1 John 1:9
PRINCIPLE FIVE (Celebrate Recovery): Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
"Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires." ~ Matthew 5:6
This leg of our recovery journey is challenging to say the least.In Step Four we examined ourself through our moral and spiritual inventory. Step Five required the discipline of confession to a trusted friend or mentor. With Step Six came a time of repentance followed now by Step Seven and the purification of our character.
Having become willing to yield our defects to God we now must bow humbly before our creator in the hopes that He will see fit to remove them. It's important not to confuse humility with the humiliation that we may be very familiar with as recovering addicts. God doesn't want to shame us, He only wants us to submit ourselves to His way for our life.
Three reasons we need humility:
- We need humility to recognize the severity of our character defects. Without it we may minimize the pain they cause to ourselves and others.
- We need humility to acknowledge the limits of our humanity. We can't remove these character defects with our intellect or willpower.
- We need humility to appreciate that it's only God's mighty power that can transform our life.
Our goal at the end of this step is to find peace with ourselves.
When we go to God we must bring our inventory list and be specific in our prayer. It can be painful and difficult going through this list of wrongs again. Our stinking thinking may tell us we're not worthy of the growth and progress we're making. But if we come with the right attitude God will honor our efforts.
Father God, thank you for helping me become willing to be molded into who you want me to be. I pray that you would remove every defect of character that stands in the way of my being useful to your work. Give me the strength I need to go on from here. I pray this in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen
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