Step 2

“Came to believe a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”  

I  Believe in a Power greater than your self

As addicts, we were practicing atheists. We lived our lives as if there was no one greater or more important than us. We were ‘numero uno’ – the number-one-center of the universe. Everything and everyone revolved around our wants and needs.

Some of us may have had an abstract idea about God, but our lives were proof that the Divine didn’t matter. ‘God’ simply wasn’t part of our daily chaos. It was obvious that we needed to open up to a Power greater than ourselves that could fix our broken existence.

A.  The Reality of a Higher Power

a) Openness

• Are you open and willing to examine the possibility?
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• Or is your mind closed to the idea of a Higher Power?
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b) Awareness

• Do you have an awareness of a Higher Power?
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• Are you ready to expand your awareness of the evidence?
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c) Acceptance

• Is the concept of a Higher Power acceptable? __________________

• What is your concept of a Higher Power?
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B.  Searching for your Higher Power

a) By Prayer (inner power)

• Do you pray often?_____ Seldom?_____ Never?_____

• Do you meditate? Why? ________________________________

b) With the Group (fellowship power)

• Do you feel a special power or presence with the12 Step group?
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• Does God speak to you through others? How?(if yes)
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c) In Nature (power of the universe)

• Do you see God through the power of a storm?
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• Are you aware of God’s finger print in nature? Explain
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• What about the beauty of a sunset?_________________________
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II   Believe your Higher Power can restore you to sanity

Remember the big hole in the ground you dug while in your addiction? Do you remember how I suggested that this big hole can be used to begin building the foundation of a new life. Guess what? Your life will soon be under reconstruction.

But first, you need a blue print. And that’s where Higher Power becomes part of the equation. No contractor would dream of constructing a building without a blue print – something to refer back to if the project is going to be a success.

But here you are at the crossroads: You’re an adult now, and you need help big-time. Do you believe that God – your Higher Power – can and will make a difference? Take some time to consider what sort of difference your Higher Power can make in your life…

A.  God can help you overcome your personal weakness

a) To control your compulsive behaviors

• Do you feel out of control with your acting out?
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• Do you expect God to help you? Why? ______________________
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b) The ability to choose

• Have you made some bad decisions?
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• Do you want more wisdom to make better choices?
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c) The ability to face the Truth

• Do you find yourself lying compulsively?
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• Are you still in denial about your powerlessness?
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B.  God can help restore order from chaos

a) Personal Balance

• How do you feel emotionally?
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• Are you full of turmoil, anger, and resentment?
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b) Financial peace

• Do you have financial concerns?
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• Are you stressed out about money? Explain…
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c) Better Relationships

• Do you have a good relationship with your spouse/significant other?
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• Do you have a relationship with an ex? What’s that like?
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• What about your children? ______________________________
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C.  God can help restore faith and confidence in yourself

a) Overcoming fear – Is there something that you’re afraid of doing?
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b) Confidence in abilities – Are you unable to do things you used to do?
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c) Self-Acceptance – Is there something about you that you can’t accept?
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