Anyone in a 12-step program knows the steps are vital to overcoming one’s addiction. If you follow them faithfully you will come to the twelfth step and hopefully a spiritual awakening. The first three steps are when you are on your knees and indeed a “slave to the law of sin.”
Step one- “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction—that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Step two- “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Step three- “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
We are constantly at odds with our desires. In Romans we hear this—“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” We know what God offers is good, but we are powerless to do what is right. We humble ourselves and must admit we cannot do this alone. When we submit only to our desires we are tossed at sea. Like the Apostles we are afraid to see Jesus walk on water. He is doing something that seems beyond our doing. But he tells us this, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life…” Our spiritual life requires us to work the steps each day knowing we are indeed powerless without God. Keeping our eyes on spiritual matters is what will sustain us and give us the life we truly crave.