The Second Step: Recognizing God

August 9, 2006

From the AA Big book:
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

From He Did Deliver Me From Bondage (the Heart t’ Heart study manual):
Step Two: Came to believe that God has all power and wisdom and that in His strength we can do all things (Mosiah 4:9; Alma 26:12)

From the LDS Addiction Recovery Manual:
Step 2: Come to believe that the power of God can restore you to complete spiritual health

The funny thing about step two is that it is painfully obvious to most addicts. “Well of course God can restore my spiritual health,” they might say, “I believe in repentance.” The only problem being that they don’t.

Most addicts are scared to death of God. They don’t really want to talk to Him because they have been bad people. They think that He is angry with them or that He has given up on them. “God can’t love me after all that I’ve done!” they think to themselves. Who would, after all?

Have you ever told yourself, “I’ll bring this to the Lord after I have some time away from it”? Why do we think this? Are we worried about making a good impression on God? Do we think He works that way? Not intellectually, but this is how we have approached every other relationship in our life. We allow our addiction to define what, how, and where we relate to others. We seem to believe that we can do the same with God. We can’t.

If the first step is about being honest with ourselves and other humans, the second step is about approaching honesty with God. It revolves around trying to understand who He is, what He does, why He hasn’t helped us, and why He will. Remember, there are no limits on the love of God. There are no limits on the love of God.

If you don’t believe me, listen to the following:

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35-39

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
1 John 4:9-11, 19

“The gospel teaches us that relief from torment and guilt can be earned through repentance. Save for those few who defect to perdition after having known a fulness, there is no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no offense exempted from the promise of complete forgiveness.”
 Boyd K. Packer, General Conference, October 1995

God loves you and wants you back. What He wants, He gets, if you let Him get it.

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One Response to “The Second Step: Recognizing God”

  1. ethesis Says:

    they might say, “I believe in repentance.” The only problem being that they don’t.

    Well said, that really captures the problem many people have. Romans 8:35-39 is so powerful, I like the way you tied it all together.


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