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The Truth of the Matter
By anewrainbow
5/6/2013 11:25:35 PM
Step 1 - Key Principle — Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.
I struggle with the idea the I am powerless. Maybe the point is in the full quote: "That I, of myself, am powerless to overcome my addiction...". That by myself I am powerless, because it is in the Lord that I am able to do all things.

I just joined this sight a few short hours ago. I have struggled with masturbation for 2 years. Until a week ago I wouldn't have even admitted to myself that my life has become unmanageable. It was through a friend that I could at last see that I had an addiction. I kept telling myself that I was bigger than this, that I could beat this.

But now, as I am writing this blog, I can truly see that I am powerless. My earlier statement is only partially true. The full truth of it should read, "Through the Lord I am bigger than masturbation".

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