In Eleeo Ministries we refer to the Beatitudes as the foundational Scriptures upon which the 12-Steps are formulated. Obviously this does not exclude the references to other Scriptures that support the 12-Steps (for there are many), but it does establish a strong connection to the philosophy of life which our Lord Jesus presented as His distinctive teaching in the magnificent Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). We encourage you to study this connection in depth as part of your own personal preparation.
Step 1 / surrender
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and or difficulties and that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2 / faith
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Came to believe that Jesus Christ could restore us to sanity.
Step 3 / commitment
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Christ.
Step 4 / examination
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5 / confession
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6 / readiness
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7 / readiness
Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
Step 8 / humility
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9 / willingness
Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10 / forgiveness
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrongly prompted admitted it.
Step 11 / maintenance, prayer, obedience
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.
Sought through prayer and meditation on His word to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
Step 12 / outreach, example
You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world... Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.