Last evening at Celebrate Recovery, pastor Ray Phillips spoke on Openness. As he was speaking some thoughts came to mind about what needs opened in us seeking recovery from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Ray did a great job, and the results were expressed by the men in my open-share group afterward.
Open the Gates
God designed us with eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to receive, and a mind to grasp. These are gates into the self. We either open these gates or close them by our will, choosing what to look at, hear, believe, and realize. To recover from addictions, the gates have to open.
"O Lord hear my plea for justice, listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips." Ps. 17:1
Not asking for help keeps the person in need of help sick. Asking for help brings healing. If we have any intent to be well, we need to make this first gate swing open, ask God first. God speaks through people, so you have to ask people for help as well. Honesty is key. The ones who have been through what you're going through have done the same...and God uses them to help you. But you must ask.
"May the words of my mouth, the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight." Ps.19:14
This gate you have to break open. Or the heart is normally broken before it is receptive.
"So faith come from hearing, that is, hearing the good news about Christ." Rom.10:17
Open the ear gate, and listen to learn, not just hear. There is a difference. Listening to learn is what you really remember.
"Don't copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Rom.12:2
Before the heart gate can receive the ability to break open, the gate into your thoughts has to be open. you have to hear then hope, believe then receive.
Openness is surrendering pride, admitting you're beaten, and have opened up to life without the deceptions from addiction's lies.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.