Denial – “A false system of beliefs that aren’t based on reality” and “a self-protecting behavior that keeps us from honestly facing the truth.” Not sure about denial? Do any of these comments sound familiar to you?
Can’t we stop talking about it? Talking only makes it worse.”
If I tell her that it hurts me when she says that, I’m afraid she’ll leave me.
He really doesn’t drink that much!
I eat because you make me so mad!
If you wouldn’t nag me all the time then I wouldn’t…
My friends… this is DENIAL. The bible say in Jeremiah 6:14 (TLB) “You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there.” Why not visit Celebrate Recovery (meets every Friday at 6:30PM) and begin to step out of your denial? Jesus told us, “Know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Times are tough for many believers and even if things are “alright,” many are still worried. So what does God have to say about this dilemma? Don’t be anxious about all that’s going on around. Don’t worry, worship.Give your cares to God. Then you will experience his peace that will guard your heart and mind in Christ. Phil 4:6-7 No prayer, no power! - Reverend Handel
Yes, you’ve been hurt and you’ve “dealt with it.” But have you actually forgiven the person who hurt you or “let go” of the offense? Truth: forgiveness is a powerful solution to address an emotional injury and yes… sometimes it takes courage. However, we’re incorrect to believe that forgiveness is just something offered to another.
Forgiveness is a gift of empowerment and freedom that you give to yourself so that your heart remains shaped as God intended it to be: full of peace and joy rather than the being formed in the image of a victim, wearing accessories of bitterness and anger.
Ephesians 4:32 tells us to:“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you .” Struggling with forgiveness? Here’s where you can begin your healing journey and allow God to help you “let it go.”
Have you ever found yourself saying: “if only…” or felt powerless while asking: “Is there any hope for me?”
Last Friday we covered Principle 2 of Celebrate Recovery, that is: “We earnestly believe that God exists, that we matter to Him, and that He has the power to help us recover from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups.” Hebrews 11:6 tells us “Anyone who comes to [God] must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Psalm 62:5 says “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” Let’s take a look at what HOPE means at Celebrate Recovery (CR):
H = Higher Power; O = Open for Change; P = Power to Change; E = Expect to Change. Looking for hope? God is looking for you! – Chris