Be True To Thyself… For Thyself
“They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, 
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace.
~Jeremiah 6:14~
Greetings SPBC Family,
 
   In the verse above, God indicts the priests and prophets with lying to the people of Israel by telling them that all is well, when in fact, God was going to bring a great calamity on the nation for their sin. One popular paraphrase renders the verse like this, “My people are broken—shattered!—and they put on Band-Aids, saying, ‘It’s not so bad. You’ll be just fine.’ But things are not ‘just fine’!” (MSG). You see, rather than be humble and honest with themselves and the people of the nation, the priests and prophets decided to deny God’s revealed truth in the hopes that it would all work itself out.
   The problem is that denying you have a problem does not make the problem go away. In fact, it only compounds your problem. The first step toward a solution to any problem is admitting that they problem is present. That is why the first step of Celebrate Recovery states, “We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.” One could really apply this to anything.
 
We admitted we were powerless over our anger….
We admitted we were powerless over our pride….
We admitted we were powerless over our (insert sin here)…. You get the point.
 
   The first step to overcoming any sin/issue/problem/… whatever you want to call it … is to admit that there is indeed a problem. No wonder the Bible tells us to, “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed” (Jam. 5:16).
It is not easy to admit your faults to anyone; especially yourself. But until you do, you cannot expect to have that “peace that surpasses all comprehension” (Phil. 4:7). So, instead of attempting to hide the depth of a problem in your life from yourself, why not find a brother or sister in church today and recruit them to help you gain victory over it. It will most certainly require a great dose of humility. But as the Lord has promised us, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 4:11).
 
In His Change-Inducing Grace,
Pastor Darren Jones