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.
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
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
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:
you are powerless over ________
that God can overcome your __________
your will and your problem over to God.
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.