Twelve Steps with Scripture
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to
the care of God as we understood Him.
The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. He leadeth me beside
the still waters. He restoreth my soul:he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before
me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all
the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for
ever.- Psalm 23 (KJV) Psalm
So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or
'What are we to wear?' 32 All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father
knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his
righteousness, 19 and all these things will be given you besides. 34 Do not
worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day
is its own evil.
Therefore, let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into his rest
remains, that none of you seem to have failed. 2 For in fact we have received
the good news just as they did. But the word that they heard did not profit
them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy
gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you 5 who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever
loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and whoever does not
take up his cross 15 and follow after me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds
his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and
you will find rest for your selves. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he 17 must go to
Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised. 22 Then Peter took him aside
and began to rebuke him, "God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen
to you." 23 He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are an
obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do." 24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny
himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his
life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his
life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, "I will follow
you wherever you go." 58 Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of
the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." 59 And
to another he said, "Follow me." But he replied, "(Lord,) let me go first and
bury my father." 60 But he answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead. But
you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61 And another said, "I will follow
you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home." 62 (To him)
Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left
behind is fit for the kingdom of God."
He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom
come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread 4 and forgive us our sins for we ourselves
forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test."
And he said to them, "Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day 47 and that repentance, for the
forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations,
beginning from Jerusalem.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to
those who believe in his name, 13 who were born not by natural generation nor
by human choice nor by a man's decision but of God.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the
one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but
has passed from death to life.
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never
hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. 36 But I told you that
although you have seen (me), you do not believe. 37 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. 39 And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should
not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it (on) the last
day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and
believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him (on) the last
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people
started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes
and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made
her stand in the middle. 4 They said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law, Moses commanded us
to stone such women. So what do you say?" 6 They said this to test him, so
that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and
began to write on the ground with his finger. 7 But when they continued asking
him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the one among you who is without
sin be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 Again he bent down and wrote on
the ground. 9 And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the
elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. 10 Then Jesus straightened
up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She
replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and)
from now on do not sin any more."
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant
be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true
God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming
of the great and splendid day of the Lord, 21 and it shall be that everyone
shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.'
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the
law, though testified to by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness
of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is
no distinction; 23 all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
24 They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ
Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his blood,
to prove his righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously
committed, 26 through the forbearance of God--to prove his righteousness
in the present time, that he might be righteous and justify the one who
has faith in Jesus. 27 What occasion is there then for boasting? It is
ruled out. On what principle, that of works? No, rather on the principle
He did not doubt God's promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered
by faith and gave glory to God 21 and was fully convinced that what he
had promised he was also able to do. 22 That is why "it was credited
to him as righteousness." 23 But it was not for him alone that it was
written that "it was credited to him"; 24 it was also for us, to whom
it will be credited, who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord
from the dead, 25 who was handed over for our transgressions and was
raised for our justification.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace 2
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died
for us. 9 How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood, will
we be saved through him from the wrath. 10 Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, once
reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 Not only that, but we also boast
of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses
with the mouth and so is saved. 11 For the scripture says, "No one who
believes in him will be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction
between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who
call upon him. 13 For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion
and God of all encouragement, 4 who encourages us in our every affliction,
so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the
encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. 5 For as Christ's
sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us
in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, 4 as he chose us in
him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before
him. In love 5 he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will, 6 for the praise of the glory of his
grace that he granted us in the beloved. 7 In him we have redemption by his
blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his
grace 8 that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, 9 he has made
known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth
in him 10 as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ,
in heaven and on earth. 11 In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with
the purpose of the one who accomplishes all things according to the intention
of his will, 12 so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who
first hoped in Christ. 13 In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the
promised holy Spirit, 14 which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as God's possession, to the praise of his glory
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from
you; it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so no one may boast.
Therefore, let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into
his rest remains, that none of you seem to have failed. 2 For in fact
we have received the good news just as they did. But the word that they
heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his
great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable,
undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you 5 who by the power of
God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be
revealed in the final time.
He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin,
we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For
you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and
guardian of your souls.
Whenever I cried out to the LORD, I was answered from the holy mountain. Selah
6 Whenever I lay down and slept, the LORD preserved me to rise again.
But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound.
It is God who governs the world with justice, who judges the peoples with fairness.
10 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, stronghold in times of trouble.
I call upon you; answer me, O God. Turn your ear to me; hear my prayer. 7 Show
your wonderful love, you who deliver with your right arm those who seek refuge
from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow
of your wings.
Blessed be the LORD, who has heard the sound of my pleading. 7 The LORD is
my strength and my shield, in whom my heart trusted and found help. So my heart
rejoices; with my song I praise my God. 8 LORD, you are the strength of your
people, the saving refuge of your anointed king. 9 Save your people, bless
your inheritance; feed and sustain them forever!
Strike dumb their lying lips, proud lips that attack the just in contempt and
scorn. 20 How great is your goodness, Lord, stored up for those who fear you.
You display it for those who trust you, in the sight of all the people.
My foes treat me harshly all the day; yes, many are my attackers. O Most High,
4 when I am afraid, in you I place my trust.
For the leader; with stringed instruments. Of David. 2 Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer! 3 From the brink of Sheol I call; my heart grows faint.
Raise me up, set me on a rock, 4 for you are my refuge, a tower of strength
against the foe.
Even from my place on high they plot to dislodge me. They delight
in lies; they bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah
6 My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope. 7 God alone
is my rock and my salvation, my secure height; I shall not fall.
You went up to its lofty height; you took captives, received slaves as tribute.
No rebels can live in the presence of God. 20 Blessed be the Lord day by day,
God, our salvation, who carries us. Selah
Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth, single-hearted and
revering your name. 12 I will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name
forever, Lord my God. 13 Your love for me is great; you have rescued me from
the depths of Sheol.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the
shadow of the Almighty, 2 Say to the LORD, "My refuge and fortress, my
God in whom I trust." 3 God will rescue you from the fowler's snare,
from the destroying plague, 4 Will shelter you with pinions, spread wings
that you may take refuge; God's faithfulness is a protecting shield.
If the LORD were not my help, I would long have been silent in the grave. 18
When I say, "My foot is slipping," your love, LORD, holds me up. 19 When cares
increase within me, your comfort gives me joy.
I love the LORD, who listened to my voice in supplication, 2 Who turned an
ear to me on the day I called. 2 I was caught by the cords of death; the snares
of Sheol had seized me; I felt agony and dread. 4 Then I called on the name
of the LORD, "O LORD, save my life!" 5 Gracious is the LORD and just; yes,
our God is merciful. 6 The LORD protects the simple; I was helpless, but God
saved me. 7 Return, my soul, to your rest; the LORD has been good to you. 8
For my soul has been freed from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
9 I shall walk before the LORD in the land of the living. 10 I kept faith,
even when I said, "I am greatly afflicted!" 11 I said in my alarm, "No one
can be trusted!" 12 How can I repay the LORD for all the good done for me?
13 I will raise the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. 14 I
will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. 156 Too costly
in the eyes of the LORD is the death of his faithful. 16 LORD, I am your servant,
your servant, the child of your maidservant; you have loosed my bonds. 17 I
will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD. 18
I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, 19 In the
courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!
At dawn let me hear of your kindness, for in you I trust. Show me the path
I should walk, for to you I entrust my life.
Rather the LORD takes pleasure in the devout, those who await his faithful
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; 6
In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.
In the fear of the LORD is a strong defense; even for one's children he will
be a refuge. 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that a man may
avoid the snares of death.