Step 6

“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” 

Are you entirely ready?

I once had a sponsee ask me, “How do I get ready for step six?” He assumed that there were things that he had to do before he was “ready” for the big day… ready to be worthy of God’s forgiveness. Isn’t that just like an addict to assume that we need to be perfect in order to be ready?

A.  Is your work complete?

a) Intellectually

· Have you done your inventory? Have you done due diligence in listing all of your resentments, fears and hurts?                             ____________________________________________________
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b) Emotionally

· Is it your desire to let go of your shame and denial, and allow God to heal you emotionally? ____________________________________________________
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c) Spiritually

· Have you identified any false beliefs about yourself and your relationship with your Higher Power? ____________________________________________________
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B.  Are you completely willing?

a) Are your hands open or closed? (openness)

· Have you completed Step One? Are you convinced that you are powerless over your addiction? ____________________________________________________
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· Have you surrendered to your Higher Power? Are you open to receive help from God? How far are you willing to go to get help? ____________________________________________________
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b) Are you being honest about everything? (honesty)

· Have you slipped recently and not been honest with your sponsor? Are there parts of your behavior that you have not been completely honest about? ____________________________________________________
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c) What are you withholding? (reservations)

· Is there anything in your inventory that you have withheld? If so, what is it? Are you ready to reveal it now?                       ____________________________________________________
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II  To have God remove all your defects of character?

You are moving into an area of faith that will require your complete devotion. You can no longer fake it. I’m sure you have questions about how to be sure you are ready. You probably have doubts about God’s ability to remove all your defects. Trust the process. Believe that God is more willing than you to remove all your shortcomings.

A. Do you have faith in your Higher Power?

a) Can God remove your defects?

· Is your Higher Power able to remove your defects of character? Why? ____________________________________________________
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b) Will God remove your defects?

· Is your Higher Power willing to remove your character defects? How can you be so sure? ____________________________________________________
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c) Do you expect God to hear your prayer?

· Does your Higher Power listen to your prayers? How can you be so sure? ____________________________________________________
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B.  Are you firm in your decision?

a) Singleness of mind

· Have you completely let go? Are you willing to do what it takes to’ bury the hatchet’? ____________________________________________________
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b) Commitment

· Jesus once said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back… is fit for the kingdom of God.” What does this mean to you? ____________________________________________________
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· Are you ready to have God remove your character defects? ____________________________________________________
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