The 12-steps were designed originally for men struggling with an addiction to alcohol. Over the years these steps have been applied to many other addictions and struggles and can be used by anyone. Many people who work the steps say that steps one through three are steps that should be done on a daily basis. In the 12 steps for Christians, step one states:

We admitted we were powerless over the effects of our separation from God-that our lives had become unmanageable

We come into this world with the seed of sin already in us due to the fall. It does not take long to look into this world or at the news and see the sinful nature of humans. This can be extremely defeating to look at. We have immense amounts of hope, however, because we know that God has an amazing plan for us and He will win in the end.

Romans 7:18 is a verse paired with this step that states: “I know nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”

On a daily basis, we can admit that our lives are unmanageable and we cannot carry out the good we would like to without the help of God. This may sound very disempowering and feel as though we are failing. However, God is great! When we admit this powerlessness we are made strong in Him. This power is greater than any human strength we can muster.

God can and will carry out His good works through you and will give you the strength to face any challenge that you face today.

By: Sam Hicks, LPC