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Total Freedom is an alternative 12 step program completely based on the Bible. We exist to help individuals with addiction, harmful emotions, and general brokenness find complete freedom through Jesus Christ. We are applying Biblical principles to our lives. By doing so, we find greater spiritual connection to God and others. Our goal is to live abundant lives as we become productive members of our community. Our meetings are welcome to anyone regardless of their beliefs. Everyone is invited to share, but not obligated to do so. At meetings, we ask that no one give advice, instruction, or any form of enlightenment to another, but rather focus on your personal experiences or simply ask questions. This group acknowledges Jesus Christ as our higher power, however we respect each persons understanding of their higher power. We do not meet to debate theology or doctrines, but simply discuss the Scripture topic of each meeting. We come together to support one another and love one another as we learn and move toward God's love and instruction for each of our lives. (We use the Recovery Bible as a guide. The 12 steps we use are from Living Free (livingfree.org)).
Total Freedom Pamphlets
Are You Ready to Begin the 12 Steps of Life Restoration?
The 12 Steps of Life Restoration is the beginning of your discipleship process as a follower of Christ. The ultimate hope of following Christ is to find complete healing and freedom from the residual effects of sin as you learn to offer your life completely to Him for His purposes. The objective is to place your full dependance on Jesus and release your dependance of anything else. If you have identified Jesus Christ as your Higher Power and are ready to begin the process of making Him your Lord and Savior, you are ready to begin the 12 Steps of Life Restoration. If you are currently working the 12 steps of another program, the 12 Steps of Life Restoration will not replace but enhance your other program. If you feel that you are ready to begin this process, please consider the commitment it will take to complete and accomplish your goal:
A commitment to give a portion of time every day to working the Life Recovery workbook
Submit to an accountability partner or mentor
Regularly attend meetings
Attend a Bible based local church or fellowship
Read your Bible
After completing the 12 Steps of Life Restoration, you will be commissioned to lead others through the Life Recovery workbook. You will also be ready to begin a 27 week course that will complete your discipleship.
Welcome to your new life of complete freedom in Christ!
Recovery vs Restoration
Imagine your favorite car or truck, crashed into a ditch, and left unable to pull itself out. It is inoperable. Your only option is to call tow and recovery. Out comes the tow truck and recovers your auto from the wreck. Your favorite automobile is now in recovery. It is no longer stuck. It is operable, but at a limited capacity, and visually it is damaged. It is, however, possible to make some minor repairs and continue to drive. Or, imagine a person with a debilitating medical condition. They undergo surgery and are alleviated of their ailment. Post surgery they are in recovery. While they no longer have the debilitating ailment, they are still unable to function at their original capacity. Many never put in the work to obtain full recovery, but decide that at least they are better than they were. They settle. Recovery is the statute of being freed from an incapacitated or unmanageable state, to a state of sustaining. Restoration is very different. When you are able to take your car to an auto repair shop and they return its new condition, that's restoration. When an
individual undergoes a procedure and is able to return to their peek condition, that's restoration.
The wages of sin leads a person to a state of destruction. God recognized our condition and took action. He sent His Son, Jesus, to demonstrate how to live a perfect life, a holy life. Because Jesus never sinned, He secured the authority to be a sacrifice to God for our sins. He took the sins of mankind upon Himself and satisfied the wrath of God towards us. Through Christ we are now able to be reconciled to God our Father. In light of this great act of love, God does not will that we simply reach recovery, but that we reach our full potential in Him. This is what the Bible calls the ‘abundant life’. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus taught that we are to be perfect as the Father in Heaven is perfect. The word perfect here means complete, full of integrity, virtue, and morality. We are God's vehicle. He has use of us if we so choose. God's will is that we operate at our full capacity. Then we are able to co-labor with God in the restoration of others.
Ways to Command Respect
To command, not demand, respect is to have others observe and admire your actions of their own volition. The underlying desire of having respect is feeling safe and in control.
1.We earn respect by being virtuous and people of integrity. Proverbs 10:9 says, "The man of integrity walks securely. He who takes crooked paths will be found out." Living virtuously means to live a life of moral and ethical excellence. Only God sets the bar on these standards (Ephesians 4:17- 5:21, Philippians 4:4-8, Galatians 5:22-23). When we raise the standard of morality in our lives, people will respect that. They may not like it, but they respect it.
Keep Your Word
Don't Wait to be Asked
Return Calls and Messages
Don't Use Foul or Abusive Language
Be Kind and Gentle
Show Others Mercy
2.We earn respect through confidence. When we are proud of who we are, people take note. The Bible has many promises from God of who we are in Christ. As we receive these words from God about ourselves we will experience a healthy confidence. Philippians 1:6 - And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
3. We earn respect through humility. Confidence without humility can become arrogance. Proverbs 29:23 “Arrogance will bring your downfall but if you’re humble, you will be respected.” The Bible also says, “Clothe yourselves in humility”. Humility is the ability to relate to people in their condition regardless of your condition. We should know who we are in Christ while remembering where He brought us from.
4. We command respect through spirituality. You earn respect by making God the priority in your life and getting close to Him. Proverbs 3:4-6 (Living Bible) “If you want favor with God and man and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely. In everything you do put God first and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”