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Step One: Powerless

We admitted that we were powerless over our 

problems and that our lives had become unmanageable.

The image above helps me to better understand the *powerless* statement in the first step of recovery.

When we admit being powerless to change our heart, our behavior, we are admitting that "I don't *got this*".

That is when we get honest with ourselves and turn it over to God (steps two and three).

“I know that nothing good lives in me…I want to do what is right, but I can’t.” – Romans 7:18, 

See also; John 8: 31-36; Romans 7:14-25

"If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn't there. Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. 

Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? 

Well, that's exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral."

Alcoholics Anonymous, pages 44,45


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