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THE CHRISTIAN WAY

Do not recite the Sobriety Prayer Matthew 6:7 (KJV) “But
mechanically, or its power will be when ye pray, use not vain
diminished. Prayer is most effective repetitions, as the heathen
when it is fervent, heartfelt, and genu- do: for they think that they
ine. Learn to pray in your own words. shall be heard for their
Say whatever you are led to say. Use much speaking.”
any prayer that you like, but pray for
sobriety daily, always with sincerity and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)
a heart filled with love for God. “Pray without ceasing.”

The power of your prayers will Matthew 18:20 (KJV) “For
be magnified when you pray with others where two or three are
at sunrise, at noon, at sunset, and at gathered together in my
midnight—the times when enlightened name, there am I in the
believers on every plane are directed midst of them.”
to unite in prayer. Pray also whenever
the desire or the urge to submit to the
lusts of the flesh comes to the atten-
tion of your mind. Pray constantly,
always, unceasingly.

You who may be reluctant to
pray because you are not sure that you
are qualified to receive help from God
need not worry. Pray in the name of
Jesus. God will not require your mind
to fully understand the complexities of
Divinity as a prerequisite to answering
your prayers. God, with loving grace,
assists and helps you every minute of
every day, even if you think you don’t
deserve it.

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You are special. You don’t have Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)
to earn God’s Favor. You don’t have to “For it is by free grace
qualify. God’s Grace is an expression of (God’s unmerited favor)
God’s unconditional love for you, so it that you are saved (deliv-
just streams forth continuously every ered from judgment and
minute of your life. God is showering made partakers of Christ’s
favor upon your life right now, caus- salvation) through [your]
ing your vital organs to perform their faith. And this [salvation]
work. In fact, God loves you so much is not of yourselves [of
that throughout your life, Divine your own doing, it came
Intelligence directs, supports, and not through your own
coordinates the activity of each of the striving], but it is the gift
trillions of cells in your body. God’s of God.”
Love for you supports and sustains you
every minute of every day. Matthew 7:9-11 (KJV)
“[W]hat man is there of
Now, if God is doing all these you, whom if his son ask
great things for you—loving you, caus- bread, will he give him a
ing you to live—actually living you, stone? Or if he ask a fish,
don’t you know that your Holy Father will will he give him a serpent?
free you from addiction if you ask? If ye then, being evil,
Even if you have been ungrateful or know how to give good
if you, for the most irreverent reason, gifts unto your children,
have chosen not to express love or how much more shall
appreciation to God for the wonderful your Father which is in
blessings that are so abundant in your heaven give good things
life, you are nonetheless favored with to them that ask him?”
God’s Love and Grace.

There is no way you could exist
on God’s Precious Earth, or anywhere
in God’s Universe, if you were not

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favored and worthy of the love you Matthew 5:45 (KJV) “That
receive from God ! Perhaps your mind ye may be the children of
is not conscious of Oneness with God, your Father which is in
or perhaps you have been slumbering heaven: for he maketh his
and have not yet fully awakened to your sun to rise on the evil and
duty and responsibility in the world. on the good, and sendeth
rain on the just and on the
Nonetheless, Chosen One, you unjust.”
are a child of God. And you can be
certain that even now God is blessing Psalm 143:8 (KJV) “Cause
you with true grace just as the holiest me to hear thy loving kind-
saint is being blessed with life and the ness in the morning; for in
joys of the world. You are, therefore, thee do I trust: cause me
definitely worthy of the healing and to know the way wherein I
enlightenment which you now seek. should walk; for I lift up
my soul unto thee.”
Go back and pray the “Sobriety
Prayer” again so you can clearly
understand each word. Concentrate on
each sentence until you are sure you
mean what it says.

Trusting in the power of God’s
loving grace, lift up your soul in prayer.
Repeat the Sobriety Prayer with abso-
lute faith in God’s Power. Now say
T he Lord’s Prayer (p. 233), and
make a commitment to do so each
time you say the Sobriety Prayer.

Cong ratulations! You have
taken an important step towards eter-
nal, everlasting freedom from life’s
many addictions.

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ASK GOD

You are special. You don’t have Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)
to earn God’s Favor. You don’t have to “For it is by free grace
qualify. God’s Grace is an expression of (God’s unmerited favor)
God’s unconditional love for you, so it that you are saved (deliv-
just streams forth continuously every ered from judgment and
minute of your life. God is showering made partakers of Christ’s
favor upon your life right now, caus- salvation) through [your]
ing your vital organs to perform their faith. And this [salvation]
work. In fact, God loves you so much is not of yourselves [of
that throughout your life, Divine your own doing, it came
Intelligence directs, supports, and not through your own
coordinates the activity of each of the striving], but it is the gift
trillions of cells in your body. God’s of God.”
Love for you supports and sustains you
every minute of every day. Matthew 7:9-11 (KJV)
“[W]hat man is there of
Now, if God is doing all these you, whom if his son ask
great things for you—loving you, caus- bread, will he give him a
ing you to live—actually living you, stone? Or if he ask a fish,
don’t you know that your Holy Father will will he give him a serpent?
free you from addiction if you ask? If ye then, being evil,
Even if you have been ungrateful or know how to give good
if you, for the most irreverent reason, gifts unto your children,
have chosen not to express love or how much more shall
appreciation to God for the wonderful your Father which is in
blessings that are so abundant in your heaven give good things
life, you are nonetheless favored with to them that ask him?”
God’s Love and Grace.

There is no way you could exist
on God’s Precious Earth, or anywhere
in God’s Universe, if you were not

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favored and worthy of the love you Matthew 5:45 (KJV) “That
receive from God ! Perhaps your mind ye may be the children of
is not conscious of Oneness with God, your Father which is in
or perhaps you have been slumbering heaven: for he maketh his
and have not yet fully awakened to your sun to rise on the evil and
duty and responsibility in the world. on the good, and sendeth
rain on the just and on the
Nonetheless, Chosen One, you unjust.”
are a child of God. And you can be
certain that even now God is blessing Psalm 143:8 (KJV) “Cause
you with true grace just as the holiest me to hear thy loving kind-
saint is being blessed with life and the ness in the morning; for in
joys of the world. You are, therefore, thee do I trust: cause me
definitely worthy of the healing and to know the way wherein I
enlightenment which you now seek. should walk; for I lift up
my soul unto thee.”
Go back and pray the “Sobriety
Prayer” again so you can clearly
understand each word. Concentrate on
each sentence until you are sure you
mean what it says.

Trusting in the power of God’s
loving grace, lift up your soul in prayer.
Repeat the Sobriety Prayer with abso-
lute faith in God’s Power. Now say
T he Lord’s Prayer (p. 233), and
make a commitment to do so each
time you say the Sobriety Prayer.

Cong ratulations! You have
taken an important step towards eter-
nal, everlasting freedom from life’s
many addictions.

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Meditation Psalm 49:3 (KJV) “[A]nd
the meditation of my
The next step on the way to heart shall be of under-
freedom is deep meditation, the con- standing.”
templative Oneness with God achieved
in the “Christ Consciousness.” Exodus 15:26 (KJV) “If
thou wilt diligently hearken
Meditation is the act of focus- to the voice of the LORD
ing your awareness within, where thy God, and wilt do that
God resides, opening a spiritual chan- which is right in his sight,
nel by which Divine Light and Divine and wilt give ear to his
Love may stream forth into your soul. commandments, and keep
all his statutes, I will put
When God guides you during none of these diseases
meditation, do not expect to hear God’s upon thee.”
Voice with your physical ears and do
not expect to see Divine Light with
your physical eyes. Effective medita-
tion requires you to open your spiri-
tual eyes and ears and allow your mind
to understand through the prism of
your soul. When meditating, go fear-
lessly into the guiding light of Christ.

Let God’s Truth and Wisdom
reverberate in the innermost sanctu-
ary of your soul. While you are
meditating, your soul will be able to
see God’s Light and hear God’s Voice
as clearly as your biological eyes can
see sunlight and as clearly as your ana-
tomical ears can hear acoustic voices.

Prepare to go in consciousness
deep within where you will find

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Oneness with God. Still the commotion

and noise of your natural mind. Only

then can meditation begin.

Focus your spiritual intellect and, Deuteronomy 4:39 (AMP)
through the power of your spiritual “Know, recognize, and
mind, let your spirit understand what understand therefore this
your mind cannot. For in solemn day and turn your [mind
stillness God’s Guidance will glow in and] heart to it that the Lord
your consciousness with crystal is God in the heavens
clarity. During deep meditation, prac- above and upon the earth
beneath; there is no other.”

tice listening, seeing, and understand-

ing with your soul. By doing so, you

will reap the fullest benefit from the

loving guidance you receive from God.

Regardless of how confused or

uncertain you may feel right now,

know that regular meditation will fill

you with the Holy Spirit and the joy

of Divine Love, thus suppressing the

base desires that drive addiction.

If at first you cannot still your Psalm 46:10 (KJV) “Be
mind enough to feel the joy of Divine still, and know that I am

God.”
Love while meditating, just be patient.

Spiritual unfoldment does not happen

overnight.

The way to master meditation is

to meditate often, for practice makes

perfect. Sincere, faithful practice in

meditation will eventually enable you

to enter the “Christ Consciousness”

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at will, where you will always find sanc- 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)
tuary from the desires, obsessions, and “They do it to get a crown
confusion of self, and where Oneness that will not last; but we
with God will be a joyful reality. do it to get a crown that
will last forever.”
As surely as a gifted athlete will
develop better skills through dedicated, Psalm 119:117 (NLT)
repeated effort, so it is that through “Sustain me, and I will be
sincere, regular meditation, you shall rescued; then I will medi-
become proficient in meditating. tate continually on your
decrees.”
Meditate continuously through-
out the course of each day. Before long, Joshua 1:8 (KJV) “[T]hou
sincere meditation will become a restor- shalt meditate therein
ative, calming habit. Yes, the state of day and night.”
spiritual bliss that you shall achieve
while meditating will eventually replace
the obsessive, insatiable lust for false
pleasures that tied you to addiction for
so long.

Meditation will release you from
the prison of life’s many addictions. It
will raise you up and completely heal
you so that you may fulfill the purpose
for which you were created.

Frequent meditation will allow
you to live constantly in the nurturing
glow of Divine Love, a state where your
soul will radiate with love for God. In
this consciousness, you will know with
absolute confidence that God’s Love is
always nurturing and protecting you.

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Even while you sleep, Divine 1 Timothy 4:15 (KJV)
Love will stream forth into your “Meditate upon these
consciousness through joyful, happy things; give thyself wholly
dreams and revelations. to them; that thy profiting
may appear to all.”

Meditate regularly so you will Psalm 49:3 (KJV) “My
develop sound judgment and loving mouth shall speak of
wisdom will reverberate through your wisdom; and the medita-
soul. You will be relieved of tension tion of my heart shall be
of understanding.”

and stress, your consciousness will

expand, and your mind will be lifted up

to Divine Understanding.

If this meditation exercise seems Matthew 7:7 (KJV) “Ask,
too difficult to do alone, or if at first and it will be given to you;
you don’t achieve the desired results, seek, and you will find;
you may want to pray for help. Yes, you knock, and it will be
opened to you.”

can even ask God to give you the ability

to understand and embrace the power

of Divine Love. Beseech God to help

you learn to meditate.

Sincere meditation will bring

about dramatic changes in your life.

You will begin to think more clearly

and profound epiphanies will flow into

your mind.

We caution you, however, to be 1 John 4:1 (NKJV) “Beloved,
aware that not every idea that you do not believe every
receive in meditation will be of or from spirit, but test the spirits,
God. If you become confused by what whether they are of God.”

you “hear” while meditating, just

ask God to help you.

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As you pray for the ability to hear, 1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)
discern, and clearly recognize God’s “For God is not the
Loving Voice, you will come to realize author of confusion, but
that you have an “inner guide” that of peace.”
knows God and only awaits your utili-
zation of it for this great purpose. Proverbs 1:5 (NIV) “[L]et
the wise listen and add to
Your inner guide—the Holy their learning, and let the
Spirit—is always there to serve you. It discerning get guidance.”
guides you in four basic ways. First,
your inner guide acts as your Psalm 25:5 (NIV) “[G]uide
“conscience,” watching and monitor- me in your truth and teach
ing every thought, every expression, me, for you are God my
and each and every action in your life. Savior, and my hope is in
As your conscience, it corrects you you all day long.”
when you do things that are not in har-
mony with your high spiritual purpose.

When you behave in a way that
hinders your spiritual advancement,
your conscience nags at you; if you are
guilty of a sin, your conscience won’t
let you forget it. Your conscience will
clearly point out to you the difference
between right and wrong, making you
feel guilty about even the slightest
transgression.

Second, your inner guide acts as
“intuition,” warning you of danger and
providing you with Divine Insight, a
spiritual power that believers refer to
as having “spiritual eyes and ears.”

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