by Bill Peters
Step 5: We admitted to God, to ourselves and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart” Matthew 5:8
When I get dressed to go out to an important event I know that I need to make sure of a few things. I need to make sure that I am appropriately dressed, that I have any information or materials that I need to take in my possession, and I need to review the directions to where I am going and the status of the car that I am driving. So I look in a mirror for one more check. Hair okay? Tie straight? Anything between my teeth? Then I check my pockets to see if I have my car keys, my wallet, and my cellphone. Finally, I walk out to the car and do a once over to see if I have any flat tires, that I have enough gas in the tank, and load the Garman gps with the address, as needed. If I see something that doesn’t look right, what do I do? I address the needed changes and get it right. That’s what I need to do when I am ready to face the truth about my life. I need to look at God’s mirror: his Word, the Bible. I need to face the truth I see and I need to address the changes required before I resume life’s activities.
Being a part of Celebrate Recovery, I have learned that when I face the truth of who I really am before God that I need three things for certain. I need the honesty, faith and courage that God gives me and which inspires me to move forward. So let’s look at these three things that we must have to face the truth about ourselves – honesty, faith and courage
1. Honesty: It has been said that “man occasionally stumbles over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.” Recovery doesn’t work like that. Recovery requires honesty! Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
2. Faith: I must come to believe by faith that Jesus is the source of all truth. He is dependably correct in all matters. I must have faith in Him to the reality to which I must change and conform. In Celebrate Recovery we say that “one is only as sick as his or her secrets”. To address my secret ways which include past hurts, addictive habits and harmful hangups associated with sin, I need to have faith that God will help me discover the truth. “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth (Jesus) and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5)
3. Courage: Nobody respects a coward. We admire people who are courageous. In every movie that has a hero we admire, it is because of their courage. The bad guys nearly always turn out to be cowards. One can have courage to face the truth because of the Lord’s promise never to leave or forsake us. When the Lord commanded Joshua to be courageous, he said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. (Joshua 1:6-7).