unSTUCK pt 5


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unSTUCK! Step 5,6,&7 Psalm 139:23-24

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

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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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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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Genesis 3:6-8 She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

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When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.

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STEP 5 Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs

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Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept silent,     my bones wasted away     through my groaning all day long. For day and nightyour hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you     and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

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Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  James 5:16

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Richard Rohr, Breathing Underwater

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1 John 1:8-9  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 

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James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

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“You cannot heal that which you do not acknowledge”

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John 20:22-23 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

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STEP 6 Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character

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Richard Rohr, in “Learning to Breathe Underwater

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STEP 7 Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings

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Step 5-7 Prayer Psalm 51:1-10 Have mercy on me, O God,     because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion,     blot out the stain of my sins.

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Wash me clean from my guilt.     Purify me from my sin.  For I recognize my rebellion;     it haunts me day and night.

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 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;     I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say,     and your judgment against me is just.  For I was born a sinner—

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yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.  But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

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 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;     wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Oh, give me back my joy again;     you have broken me—     now let me rejoice.

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Don’t keep looking at my sins.     Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God.     Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Summary: Jamuary 3, 2018 - Pine Island UMC - Wednesday Night Bible Study - 12 Steps (Steps 5-7)

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