Step One: The Lordship of Anything


Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

Hear me out because now it gets gnarly.

I wanted to get personal today. I wanted to come at this 12-step thing a little like: “Hi, my name is John and I’m a __________.” This is where I’m going to confess what I am powerless over. It’s not alcohol, but it’s something else. We’re all addicted to something, right? That’s how we’re going to make this applicable to everybody — make everybody powerless over something. Surely there’s something. It’s just that I couldn’t think of what it was. So I finally asked Marti, after wracking my brain to come up with a couple things I might be powerless over, “What do you think I’m powerless over?”

She looked at me as if I had just asked her a question in Japanese. And after discussing this a few minutes I realized that the essence of what she was saying was the following: You’re kidding. You mean you actually have to ask that question? You’re having a hard time coming up with something you are powerless over? You are thinking that there may be one or two things you are powerless over on a bad day, but most of the time and in most other things you are powerful? It’s your own little personal equivalent to alcohol for the alcoholic. Just one really bad thing, right? Of course you’re not as bad off as an alcoholic. How arrogant can you be? Don’t the scriptures even say that in you, that is in your flesh, dwells no good thing? So what are you talking about?

I should have known better. I even know the tendency I have to make one thing my big problem and then stack up all the other things that are wrong with me behind that one thing, making it a smoke screen for everything else. Now if I could just fix that one thing…

Here is the problem with this kind of thinking. To come up with one or two things I might be powerless over seems to indicate that in everything else I am just fine.  Not.After all, I’m not as bad off as an alcoholic am I? Yes.

Here is the joke: that I am powerful in all things except one or two things that may have me temporarily trapped or powerless.

Here’s the truth: I am powerless in all things. I am susceptible to the Lordship of Anything. Without the Lord, anything can rule me.

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 7:24-25)

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6 Responses to Step One: The Lordship of Anything

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Loved Today’s Catch and NEEDED it after attending Church services here where I live. When he, the Pastor asked me how i’m doing with my problem of sin of cussing. I told him the truth, I’m doing better, yet it’s still frustrating cooking, cleaning & getting dressed one handed.

    He asked me if I’m sure I am saved – Of course I am, I replied!

    He asked me if I hate it (swearing) I said as I told the group a few weeks ago, I’m not happy w/ it & would like prayer. But I’m ABSOLUTELY SURE I’ve haven’t lost my salvation and plz give me a verse that give you, me or ANYONE the right to past judgement?

    He didn’t but told me, some how we got on the discussion of during the OT Moses times- how they were keep safe as long as they stayed in the house where the blood was over the mantle, yet if they stepped out of the house. They were killed. So that shows those that think in eternal security are wrong and are silly to think so…

    Immediately I thought to myself, you sir DON’T have ANY people skills along with trying to get Scriptures to say what u want, (Tell most ANYONE their wrong and ALL they do is defend themselves!) I din’t say anything, but smiled a told him I love him & thanks for coming here and left…

    Any thoughts about walking out of an household that was protected by the blood on the mantle, yet if they walked out of that house they were killed? .

  2. sir iZaac says:

    Might the ego get in the way of admitting we are powerless?

  3. Jesus Aguilar says:

    The original twelve steps of alcoholics anonymous. were written with the sole purpose to help an alcoholic to not only stop drinking but to live happy without drinking. The “Big Book” of alcoholics anonymous says: – “We are normal people, when we are not drinking.” The alcoholic does not see that he/she is not the same person when is drinking. The alcoholic cannot manage life as it is, and loses the control and the amount of the drinking. For an alcoholic is necessary to take the steps under the direction of another alcoholic that has done the same thing and now lives a life without drinking.
    I suffered from the disease of alcoholism and my sobriety date is – (02–02–1990)
    No longer suffer, but I live grateful and humble in the midst of the rooms. My intention here is to cement the need of a person that cannot stop drugging or drinking to reach out and ask for help. i am here to help, not to chastise or criticize, I am not here to ask you to stop drinking or doing drugs. I am here to shine the light for the sufferer to see the solution. the solution is God and if you do not believe in God, do not worry. God believe in you. Now reach out. My name is Jesus Aguilar and you can leave a note here or reach me at . . . . I do not know the rules of this site, and i do not want to brake them. Please enlighten me. May God richly bless you.

  4. peter leenheer says:

    Jesus says, I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
    Most of the time I forget about the last sentence….for apart from me you can do nothing!!!
    Most of the time I assume I can do everything. Lord keep me humble.

    • Jesus Aguilar says:

      Yes I can relay to your statement, as I am growing many at times I have taken action on my own and has not work. Then I pause and ask for intuitive thought and ask for His Will to be done not mine, then it works. Amazing. Need to remember that we are under his care and protection and he will never give us more that we can handle. Thank you for sharing

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