Twelve Steps with Scripture
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible
to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried
out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction that came to
us in the province of Asia; 5 we were utterly weighed down beyond our strength,
so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, we had accepted within ourselves
the sentence of death, 6 that we might trust not in ourselves but in God who
raises the dead. 10 He rescued us from such great danger of death, and he will
continue to rescue us; in him we have put our hope (that) he will also rescue
us again, 11 as you help us with prayer, so that thanks may be given by many
on our behalf for the gift granted us through the prayers of many.
He heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the
sick do. 9 13 Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
10 I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."
As they left Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting
by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried
out, "(Lord,) 13 Son of David, have pity on us!" 31 The crowd warned them to
be silent, but they called out all the more, "Lord, Son of David, have pity
on us!" 32 Jesus stopped and called them and said, "What do you want me to
do for you?" 33 They answered him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." 34 Moved
with pity, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight,
and followed him.
While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived
and said, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?" 36
Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, "Do
not be afraid; just have faith."
for nothing will be impossible for God."
And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight
and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for a friend of mine has
arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' 7 and
he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been
locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you
anything.' 8 I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because
of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of
his persistence. 9 "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you
will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks,
receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door
will be opened. 11 What father among you would hand his son a snake when he
asks for a fish? 12 Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 13 If you
then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much
more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit 5 to those who ask him?"
He was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. 11 And a woman was there who
for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely
incapable of standing erect. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, "Woman,
you are set free of your infirmity." 13 He laid his hands on her, and she at
once stood up straight and glorified God.
Now as he approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging,
36 and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. 37 They told
him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 38 He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David,
8 have pity on me!" 39 The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him
to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity
on me!" 40 Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when
he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord,
please let me see." 42 Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." 43
He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When
they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
And just as Moses lifted up 5 the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of
Man be lifted up, 15 6 so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal
life." 16 For God so loved the world that he gave 7 his only Son, so that everyone
who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. 17 For God
did not send his Son into the world to condemn 8 the world, but that the world
might be saved through him.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not
reject anyone who comes to me, 38 because I came down from heaven not
to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.
It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh 22 is of no avail. The words
I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
Simon Peter answered him, "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words
of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and are convinced that you are
the Holy One of God."
On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, "Let
anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as scripture
says: 'Rivers of living water 14 will flow from within him.'" 39 He said this
in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive.
Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows
me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and
go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me,
even if he dies, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will
never die. Do you believe this?"
I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in
me might not remain in darkness.
Thomas said to him, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we
know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, then you will
also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him."
And by faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his name has made
strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health,
in the presence of all of you.
And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, 9 nor future things, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth,
10 nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to
us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: "I will
destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set
aside." 20 Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater
of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21 For since
in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it
was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those
who have faith. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but
we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to
Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the
power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser
than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who
have fallen asleep. 21 9 For since death came through a human being, the resurrection
of the dead came also through a human being. 22 For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, 23 but each one in proper order.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become
the righteousness of God in him
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, 5 even
when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ 5 by
grace you have been saved)
For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and
You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him
through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And even
when you were dead (in) transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
he brought you to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions;
Now since the children share in blood and flesh, he likewise shared in them,
that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that
is, the devil, 15 and free those who through fear of death had been subject
to slavery all their life. 16 Surely he did not help angels but rather the
descendants of Abraham; 17 therefore, he had to become like his brothers in
every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God
to expiate the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested through
what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.
but he, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away.
25 Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him,
since he lives forever to make intercession for them.
all good giving and every perfect gift 9 is from above, coming down from the
Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
18 He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of
firstfruits of his creatures.
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent
his Son as expiation for our sins.
For the leader. Of David, the servant of the LORD, who sang to the LORD the
words of this song after the LORD had rescued him from the clutches of all
his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2 He said: I love you, LORD, my strength,
3 2 LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, My God, my rock of refuge, my
shield, my saving horn, my stronghold!
Then the bed of the sea appeared; the world's foundations lay bare, At the
roar of the LORD, at the storming breath of his nostrils. 17 He reached down
from on high and seized me; drew me out of the deep waters. 18 He rescued me
from my mighty enemy, from foes too powerful for me. 19 They attacked me on
a day of distress, but the LORD came to my support.
Now I know victory is given to the anointed of the LORD. God will answer him
from the holy heavens with a strong arm that brings victory. 8 Some rely on
chariots, others on horses, but we on the name of the LORD our God.
But I believe I shall enjoy the LORD'S goodness in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD!
But the LORD'S eyes are upon the reverent, upon those who hope for his gracious
help, 19 Delivering them from death, keeping them alive in times of famine.
20 Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and shield. 21 For in God our
hearts rejoice; in your holy name we trust. 22 May your kindness, LORD, be
upon us; we have put our hope in you.
For the leader. A song of the Korahites. According to alamoth. 2
God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.
3 3 Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to
the depths of the sea, 4 Though its waters rage and foam and mountains
totter at its surging. 4 The LORD of hosts is with us; our stronghold
is the God of Jacob. Selah
In you, LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. 2 In your justice
rescue and deliver me; listen to me and save me! 3 Be my rock and refuge, my
secure stronghold; for you are my rock and fortress.
They reeled, staggered like drunkards; their skill was of no avail. 28 In their
distress they cried to the LORD, who brought them out of their peril, 29 Hushed
the storm to a murmur; the waves of the sea were stilled. 30 They rejoiced
that the sea grew calm, that God brought them to the harbor they longed for.
31 Let them thank the LORD for such kindness, such wondrous deeds for mere
While the poor were released from their affliction; their families increased
like their flocks. 42 The upright saw this and rejoiced; all wickedness shut
its mouth. 43 Whoever is wise will take note of these things, will ponder the
merciful deeds of the LORD.
But you, LORD, my God, deal kindly with me for your name's sake; in your great
mercy rescue me. 22 For I am sorely in need; my heart is pierced within me.
23 Like a lengthening shadow I near my end, all but swept away like the locust.
24 My knees totter from fasting; my flesh has wasted away. 25 I have become
a mockery to them; when they see me, they shake their heads. 26 Help me, LORD,
my God; save me in your kindness. 27 Make them know this is your hand, that
you, LORD, have acted.
My eyes long to see your salvation and the justice of your promise. 124 Act
with kindness toward your servant; teach me your laws. 125 I am your servant;
give me discernment that I may know your decrees.
I rejoice at your promise, as one who has found rich spoil. 163 Falsehood I
hate and abhor; your teaching I love. 164 Seven times a day I praise you because
your edicts are just. 165 Lovers of your teaching have much peace; for them
there is no stumbling block. 166 I look for your salvation, LORD, and I fulfill
A song of ascents. 2 I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From where will
my help come? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
3 God will not allow your foot to slip; your guardian does not sleep. 4 Truly,
the guardian of Israel never slumbers nor sleeps. 5 The LORD is your guardian;
the LORD is your shade at your righthand. 6 By day the sun cannot harm you,
nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will guard you from all evil, will always
guard your life. 8 The LORD will guard your coming and going both now and forever.
A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call to you, LORD; 2 Lord, hear my cry!
May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, LORD, mark our sins,
Lord, who can stand? 4 But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered.
5 I wait with longing for the LORD, my soul waits for his word. 6 My soul looks
for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. More than sentinels for daybreak,
7 let Israel look for the LORD, For with the LORD is kindness, with him is
full redemption, 8 And God will redeem Israel from all their sins.
For the leader. A psalm of David. I LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
2 you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. 3 My
travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar. 4 Even before
a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all. 5 Behind and before you encircle
me and rest your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is beyond me, far too lofty
for me to reach.
A maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A prayer. 2 With full voice I cry
to the LORD; with full voice I beseech the LORD. 3 Before God I pour out my
complaint, lay bare my distress. 4 My spirit is faint within me, but you know
my path. Along the way I walk they have hidden a trap for me. 5 I look to my
right hand, but no friend is there. There is no escape for me; no one cares
for me. 6 I cry out to you, LORD, I say, You are my refuge, my portion in the
land of the living. 7 Listen to my cry for help, for I am brought very low.
Rescue me from my pursuers, for they are too strong for me. 8 Lead me out of
my prison, that I may give thanks to your name. Then the just shall gather
around me because you have been good to me.
Hallelujah! Sing to the LORD a new song, a hymn in the assembly of the faithful.
2 Let Israel be glad in their maker, the people of Zion rejoice in their king.
3 Let them praise his name in festive dance, make music with tambourine and
lyre. 4 For the LORD takes delight in his people, honors the poor with victory.
5 Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, cry out for joy at their banquet,
6 With the praise of God in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hands,
7 To bring retribution on the nations, punishment on the peoples, 8 To bind
their kings with chains, shackle their nobles with irons, 9 To execute the
judgments decreed for them-- such is the glory of all God's faithful. Hallelujah!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction
My son, if you receive my words and treasure my commands, 2 Turning your ear
to wisdom, inclining your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you call to intelligence,
and to understanding raise your voice; 4 If you seek her like silver, and like
hidden treasures search her out: 5 Then will you understand the fear of the
LORD; the knowledge of God you will find; 6 For the LORD gives wisdom, from
his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He has counsel in store for the
upright, he is the shield of those who walk honestly, 8 Guarding the paths
of justice, protecting the way of his pious ones. 9 Then you will understand
rectitude and justice, honesty, every good path; 10 For wisdom will enter your
heart, knowledge will please your soul, 11 Discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you; 12 Saving you from the way of evil men, from
men of perverse speech, 13 Who leave the straight paths to walk in the way
of darkness, 14 Who delight in doing evil, rejoice in perversity; 15 Whose
ways are crooked, and devious their paths;
Better a little with fear of the LORD than a great fortune with anxiety.