Denial is one of the mental tricks we unconsciously use to save us from feeling what we are really feeling. To paper over a hidden feeling is not to get rid of it. In fact the more we deny them, the more they pop up in disguised forms. The end product of our denial is behaviour that contains our unacknowledged feelings but in concealed forms: depression, irrational anger, anxiety, obsessional attachments and so on. Or the symptoms could be physical – masks of the feelings we are trying to avoid. Denial compounds the problem and causes the issues to well up and eventually erupt uncontrollably with no warning. We carry not only the weight of our unacknowledged feelings but the extra baggage of the symptoms they trigger. (from “Hope Has It’s Reasons” by Rebecca Pippert)
She goes on to point out that transparency alone does not solve the issues we face – but we certainly ought to get very real about what’s deep inside us. God is the only Person who sees us all the way through, yet His love for us is infinitely beyond measure. He knows everything about you yet He loves you more than you could ever love yourself. He is the only Being you can trust with your whole life and He will never turn away from you, even in your ugliest mess or your repeated, stubborn and intentional filth. We can’t hide anything from Him anyway. More than that, we only hurt ourselves more by being in self-denial. All of this is to encourage us to open up to God about everything and be willing for Him to come in and work within us. Sometimes we don’t want to get real with God because we know that He will get real with us too. But let’s trust Him with everything in our existence – the good, the bad and the ugly. He is on your side and nothing surprises Him. He already loved you enough to DIE for you whilst you were yet dead in your sins, what more now that you are adopted by Him through Christ? Also – realise that these areas of your weakness are really just opportunities for growth. If you trust God with everything and in everything, no matter how ugly the process may get – you will arrive at HIS intended destination for you and it will be more beautiful and glorious – beyond your greatest expectations and hopes!
This week, let’s resolve not only to get absolutely real with God but to allow Him to respond; having faith that He will make us perfect as we trust Him and His impeccable plans for us.
Joel B :
Dynamic Faith Church
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