12 Step Recovery and the Holy Bible

 

 

We have listed some examples below of quotes from recovery literature and linked them to passages from the Bible. Once again, we suggest that the reader consider the context of each passage, rather than as free-standing quotes, and "let the Spirit lead".

Hover over the underlined phrases to see the scripture references.

 

From the Book "Alcoholics Anonymous"

p XXV

They believe in themselves, and still more in the Power which pulls chronic alcoholics back from the gates of death.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28

p XXX

I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through, and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. - Galatians 6:7

 

p 12

 

The real significance of my experience in the Cathedral burst upon me. For a brief moment, I had needed and wanted God. There had been a humble willingness to have Him with me-and He came.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. - Matthew 7:7-8

 

 

p 19

After such an approach many take up their beds and walk again

"I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” - Mark 2:11-12

 

p 25

The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philippians 1:4-6

p 28

We, in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works.

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”...“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. - Isaiah 42:3, 6-7

p 63

As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn.

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. - John 3:3

p 67

When we drew near to Him He disclosed Himself to us!

Come near to God and he will come near to you. - James 4:8

 

From the book "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions:

p 65

But in no case does He render us white as snow and keep us that way without our cooperation.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow... Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. - Psalm 51:7, 10

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.- Romans 13:8-10

p 105

He will also report that out of every season of grief or suffering, when the hand of God seemed heavy or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered, and that finally, inescapably, the conviction came that God does "move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform."

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. - Job 5:9

p. 107

He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being.

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!- 2 Corinthians 5:17

pp 124-125

True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly under the grace of God.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

 

We offer these examples as a vision of how the Bible speaks recovery, and do not wish to imply that any of these passages are specifically linked. Only God and the authors may truly know - we mean to be "suggestive only" and welcome other examples and feedback you may have. Send us your feedback, and remember:

 

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Phlippians 4:4-7

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