Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
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Well done, we’ve made it to the end. Although that’s not strictly true – we have in fact made it to the beginning, because a new life has started to form in each one of us. This week we complete the final step, which is all about acknowledging we are now spiritually alive, are empowered by God and now want to give to others what God has so generously given to each of us so that they too may find the new life that we have found.
Over the last two weeks, in Steps 10 and 11, we thought about how we can remain on the right road and prevent the chances of relapsing. In this final step, Step 12, we answer the question, ‘Where to now?’
On completion of Step 12 we should be able to...
Realise the old life has gone and a new life has begun
Realise I can no longer live this life in my own power
Realise I have a God-given power, the Holy Spirit, working within me if I ask Him to
Realise that, if I am to progress, I now need to give away everything that God has so generously given to
Realise that all my past hurt and pain has not gone to waste - it can be used by God to liberate others
Realise that my new life is a life of humility and service, putting others needs before my own
Realise that where there was once only problems, I now have solutions
Realise I am now part of a loving, supporting community – The Church