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unSTUCK! Step 4 Psalm 139:23-24

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Step 1 “We admitted we were powerless over _________ and that our lives had become unmanageable.”

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STEP 2 “WE CAME TO BELIEVE THAT A POWER GREATER THAN OURSELVES COULD RESTORE US TO SANITY”

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Step 3 – The Keystone

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Step 3 Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

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Step 4 “We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”

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Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Step 4 “We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”

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Paul, in 1 Corinthians 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.

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Self-Righteousness Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment. . (Romans 12:3) Despair . . .you are God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) SEARCHING & FEARLESS INVENTORY

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“…a searching and fearless moral inventory,” is for the sake of truth and humility and generosity of spirit, not some kind of total victory over the self. Seeing and naming our actual faults is probably not so much a gift to us-although it is-as it is to those around us. As my Franciscan novice master said to me as a young man, “we must try to make it easier for others to love us.” People who are more transparent and admitting of their blind spots and personality flaws are actually quite easy to love and be with.” Richard Rohr

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Brutal Honesty is the Goal Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:9-14) “The one who did wrong ends up being right-simply because he is honest about it.” Rohr

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Parts of Moral Inventory Resentments Fears Harms We Have caused ourselves and others Sexual Conduct

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Resentments Toward who am I angry? Why am I angry? How does this anger show up in my life? Where am I to blame?

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Fears What am I afraid of? Why am I afraid? How does the fear show up in my life? What do I normally do to numb the fear?

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Harm Where are the places in my life where I have harmed people? Who have I harmed? What did I do or fail to do? What motivated my action? What should I have done instead

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Sexual Conduct Who did I engage in inappropriate sexual conduct with? What did we do? What was the exact nature of my wrong? What should I have done instead

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(1) We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. (2) We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. (3) We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. Promises of 12 steps

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(4) No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. (5) That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. Promises of 12 steps

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(6) We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. (7) Self-seeking will slip away. (8) Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. (9) Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. Promises of 12 steps

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Step 4 Prayer "God, please help me to honestly take stock. Help me to search out the flaws in my make-up which caused my failure. Help me to see where resentment has plagued me and resulted in spiritual malady, but more importantly help me to understand my part in these resentments. Help me to resolutely look for my own mistakes and to understand where I had been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and frightened. Please help me to be searching and fearless in my endeavor to write my inventory."

Summary: Wednesday Night Study December 20,2017 - Pastor Eric McCrea - Pine Island United Methodist Church - Bokeelia, Florida

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