WAR – Word Assisted Recovery
Word Assisted Recovery was started in 1996 by Pastor Troy Vaughn after graduating from the Union Rescue Mission’s (URM’s) Christian Discipleship Program. He discovered that community churches did not understand the condition of alcohols and addicts. WAR was formed to partner with local churches in an effort to help educate and destroy barriers where addiction is concerned.
The Twelve Steps
We believe God has given the 12 step program as a way of deliverance from the addictions we have placed ourselves in. We also believe it is a way for those who have lived with alcoholics and addicts to get free.
We admitted we were powerless over the effects of our separation from God – that our lives had become unmanageable. “I know nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord”. (Lamentations 3:40)
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16a)
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4: 10)
humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother, then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16a)
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”
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