Saturday, February 27, 2016

How Important is Honesty to Deliverance from Addictions?

     This morning, our local Christian station played a song about honesty. The lyrics tell us honesty brings freedom and joy. Wow, is that ever true.

 
Honesty is imperative to follow Christ’s will in weight loss, or deliverance from any addiction, obsession, or hang up. A thorough, honest inventory exposes wounds and rips open scars where God’s touch can rub in salve.

 
 
And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By looking within ourselves; are we really trying to do what he wants us to?

Someone may say, "I am a Christian; I am on my way to heaven; I belong to Christ.” But if he doesn’t do what Christ tells him to, he is a liar.

                                      1 John 2:7,8


Ouch! A liar?


If you’re not honest about everything, it’s the same as not being honest about anything. There’s no such thing as being partially honest, anymore than there’s such a thing as being a little pregnant.


Sneaky sins creep into our life; a bit of resentment, a smattering of anger, a tad of envy, a small disobedience. We think it’s not big enough to worry about. We should keep going to church and confessing Christ, and deny bad thoughts.
 

My husband says, “I’d admit my faults if I had any.” He’s joking, of course, but many of us live our Christian life as if we were saying that to the world, all the time while we’re stuffing stinking thinking into our mouth with a plateful of goodies.
 

I can’t fix myself, but God can fix me. He died to save my sins. I’m perfect in Him. My part is surrender.

 

“The first time I shared my story with others, I died to myself. I felt like God needed me to tell it, and after I did, I was overwhelmed by the needs of those around me.”

                 Food for the Hungry Heart
                           By Cynthia Rowland McClure

 

I found that to be true. When I was honest with others, they no longer feared opening up about their own struggles. After we do a thorough inventory, we must bring it first to God, and then to at least one other person. In honesty comes healing. I recommend following the twelve steps of Overeaters Anonymous. (See my page to the right for all 12 steps).

 
Do you need to start today? Here’s the first four steps:

 
1.     Admit you are powerless over ________

2.     Admit that God can overcome your __________

3.     Turn your will and your problem over to God.

4.     Begin a thorough, honest inventory of your life.

 
No, I don’t like being called a liar, but I was. I hid anger, resentment, envy, and despair. I worried that if people knew what I was really like, they wouldn’t like me, anymore.

 
But, God already knew.
 

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