Mountain Ridge

Step Four


“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”[1]


As the 12 x 12 says, we have God-given instincts necessary for survival. However, it also says these instincts “far exceed their proper functions.” Why would these God-given instincts exceed their proper functions? James 1:14 says it best _ “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” Our desire turned addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, money, or whatever it might be is our God-given instincts exceeding their function. Eventually, as we say in AA, the addiction will lead us to jails, institutions, and death if we do not do something about it.


The hardest step for me in the 12 steps was and still is step 4. I did not want to admit what kind of man I had become and the things I did to become that man. Nevertheless, I did the step and have done it many times since, and the thing that keeps coming back is a sense of relief when I free myself of those things holding me in chains.


Let go and let God.


God Bless

Pastor Cary


[1] Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 1989. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. (New York, NY: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, 1989), 42.