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A.A. and the Pioneers’ Basic Principle: The Love of GodPremium Content

Back to Our Creator and His Love

You may be a believer. You may be a Christian believer. And you may wonder what in the world recovery literature today is talking about when it speaks of a mysterious "higher power" or "not-God" or Santa Claus or a Coke bottle in connection with taking one of the Steps, achieving recovery, or learning how to believe.

That's what revisionist historians, writers, and unbelievers are telling the world today. Just pick some inanimate "Something" as your "higher power," they say. And their sayings dominate 12 Step literature and recovery literature – even some Christian recovery literature.

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I ASKED God and He SAID

I asked God to take away my addictions and behaviors.­
God said, No.­
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.­

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.­
God said, No.­
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary­

I asked God to grant me patience.­
God said, No.­
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is learned.­

I asked God to give me happiness.­
God said, No.­
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.­

I asked God to spare me pain.­
God said, No.­
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares
and brings you closer to me.­

I asked God to make my spirit grow.­
God said, No.­
You must grow on your own! ,
but I will prune you to make you fruitful.­

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.­

Do You Feel Your Sins Cut You Off From God and All Hope of Change?

This is written for those who say:
"The things I have done and said weigh on my heart like a mountain of lead. This burdens me and keeps me from Christ. My sins cut me off from all hope of heaven. I am afraid that my past eagerness to relish my behavior has so twisted my mind, seared my conscience, and hardened my heart--that I will never be able to repent with any hope of pardon!"

But I answer you,
Is your sin greater than wicked King Manasseh's, who "sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced witchcraft and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists"? (2 Kings 21:2-7)

Is your sin greater than Paul's drinking up the blood of saints?

Where is Your Faith?

Over the last eighteen years, I've been privileged, to be able to share my Spiritual experience to a vast number of people from all walks of life. I, like many of my readers struggle with everyday issues of life and in no way do I ever want to project a holier than thou persona.

Revelation: Don't be Aftraid

Many people shy away from the Book of Revelation thinking it is too frightening or not applicable to the daily life of a Christian; certainly not to someone in recovery. No so! Revelation has many themes running through it. In this Book great evil is given full reign over the earth. Horrible and terrifying images are presented. There seems to be no way to overcome this terrible evil.

But if you read to the end of this book we learn that God is sovereign. He is greater than any power in the universe. Satan and his minions are defeated. In the end, a new heaven and a new earth are created where we, as believers, live in peace and security for eternity.

A Love Story

    One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise.
    Ah! The beauty of God's creation is beyond description!
    As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work.
    As I sat there, I felt the Lord's presence with me.

    He asked me,
    "Do you love me?"
    I answered,
    "Of course, God! You are my Lord and Saviour!"

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    Then He asked,
    "If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?"

    I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest
    of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn't be able to do,
    the things that I took for granted.

    And I answered, "It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You."

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How does a Christian handle temptation?

How does a Christian handle temptation?

If I have an addiction, can I still be saved?

If I have an addiction, can I still be saved?

Yes! We are not called to perfect ourselves before we come to God. If we could do that, then Jesus could have spared himself the agony of dying of the cross in payment for our sins. He would have simply instructed us to live sin-free lives. He knew, though, that man is utterly incapable of cleansing himself, as demonstrated throughout the Old Testament.

Daily Prayer for Protection

This is a very comprehensive prayer. You may want to break it down into 7 parts and pray one part each day for one week.

Dear Heavenly Father,

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