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Step 6: Became determined to resist temptation.

Principle: Willingness

This step reminds us that we always have a choice - we were given free will. We can take the softer, easier way and do what we have always done with the same results, or we can make the hard decision to do what is right. This is the human struggle. This step requires us to live and grow in the integrity and values of our faith. It requires conviction. The previous steps have, however, prepared us through the practices of repentance, self-examination and confession. We have also come to believe that we are not powerless, knowing that God is an indwelling presence which provides us with a well of strength and hope.

Text or Verse

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1 John 3:9

Anyone who forsakes family and possessions,
and willingly takes up his cross and follows Me,
will receive everything I have promised.
And I will reveal to him the hidden mysteries.
Untitled Apocalypse and The Gospels of Thomas
Matthew and Luke


Resistance Exercise

If you find yourself still resistant to changing or giving up a sinful behavior, write down all the ways this behavior is serving you and all the reasons you are not yet ready to change it. Share your responses with your sponsor, mentor, prayer partner, minister or spiritual director.


Rohr, Richard OFM. How Do We Breathe Underwater? The Gospel and 12-Step Spirituality. Center for Action and Contemplation. (go to the Links menu to connect to the web-site)

Dick B. The Good Book and the Big Book. A.A.'s Roots in the Bible. Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 1997

Selby, Saul. Twelve Step Christianity. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2000

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