"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
(Matthew 5:3 KJV)
It is important that we have a good working knowledge of the word DENIAL. Celebrate Recovery, a Christian based program, has a small guide book that uses this definition: "a false system of beliefs that are not based on reality; self-protecting behavior that keeps us from honestly facing the truth." If we keep this in mind and we revue what we have done, thought and/or said, can we honestly say we are always aware of the truth. Are we honest with others and ourselves? Before we can start getting rid of our defective character traits, we must admit, realize and face our denial of them. We know we aren't happy with them and Our Awesome God is not pleased with them. In fact, we are getting uncomfortable because we can't control or manage them all the time.
We need to get rid of our denial because energy is lost and it disables our feelings, it negates growth, it isolates us from Our Awesome God, it alienates us from our relationships and it lengthens the pain. This is all explained in the Celebrate Recovery program and how to use the Beatitudes for the principles of recovery from your hurts, hang-ups and habits with God's help. But we all have our character defects that we need to get rid of.
In order to start recovery, we must realize we are not Our Awesome God. We must admit that alone, we are powerless to control our tendency to do the wrong thing and that our life is unmanageable. "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." (Romans 7:18 KJV). Once we realize this truth and that we need help from others who will hold us accountable and have Jesus Christ helping us, we are ready to start on our road to recovery.
Come join us at our church or join any church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ, died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. This gives you your chance to join a program like Celebrate Recovery and get rid of those hurts, hang-ups and habits which are sins and keeping you from maturing as Christians. To find a Celebrate Recovery program in your zip postal code area, go to the group locator at http://grouplocator.crgroups.info/
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a program for children called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. We have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study that meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
(Jeremiah 6:16 KJV)
How many faulty humans have problems that are called the three H's, "hurts, hang-ups and/or habits"? We all do and we are enablers of them, sometimes. We all have character defects that cause us to sin against Our Awesome God, others and ourselves. We have character defects such as denial which is a self protecting behavior that keeps us from honestly facing the truth, fear, dishonesty which is lying, cheating or stealing, not upright in our dealings with people, greed, false pride, hate, anger, gossiping, hoarding, criticizing, over scheduling our lives, and sarcasm are a few. But there are many more defects that we use to keep us from stopping and analyzing why we do things that are not pleasing to God.
We can deny that we feel or do any of the character defects for years but we know our relationship with Our Awesome God is not as good as it should be if we do. Eventually, God slows us up and we realize we have a bad habit to overcome if we are to mature as Christians. Even though we are Christians, we have sinned against God and others by ignoring those character defects. We need God's help to stop and get out of denial and our "hang-ups". But if you don't believe in Our Awesome God, you need to learn more about Him and His Salvation because to permanently get rid of these hurts, hang-ups and habits, both the Christian and the non-Christian are going to need God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
You may say you don't do any of these sins but do you help or enable others to do any of these things? Find a Celebrate Recovery Program to understand how you can actually help these people and/or yourself overcome these problems and get closer to Our Awesome God.
LWBC is a Bible believing, encouraging church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. Our God is an Awesome God! READ our website 9/05/15 for #2 Our Denial. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill