As I began my journey out of anxiety and depression, I needed to become willing to let God help me examine my life.
There were things about my character and my past I was incapable of understanding without His revelation.
Once we learn how to start seeking God, we need to let Him transform our lives. We can begin that process by asking God to help us examine ourselves, and then by confessing what He reveals to us. That’s the premise of Principle 4 in Celebrate Recovery, which reads:
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.* “Happy are the pure in heart.” (Matthew 5:8)
That doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? But John 15 describes God the Father as the Gardner of our lives. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. The trouble is, that passage also explains that we’ll never bear fruit unless we are pruned.
In the first few episodes of The Journey of Healing, we discussed how to start seeking God in our lives. In part 5 of this Brookwood Church Care Ministries podcast series, we turn our attention to the first steps in being transformed into something that’s a greater reflection of God’s grace. I’m joined in the audio selection below by my colleagues, Doug Wildman and Gene Beckner:
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How have you been changed by allowing God to help you examine your life?
As the pastors discussed in the podcast in their own lives, which is most difficult for you, confessing your sins to yourself, God, or another person?
I’d love to have you share in the comment section below.
The Brookwood Ministries Podcast is officially available through the church website, the Brookwood Church App, iTunes, and your device’s podcast app. Episodes from Care Ministries (including this series) are posted on our Facebook Page.
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Joshua J. Masters is a pastor, author (American Psalms), and speaker. He has been featured on CBN, HIS Radio, and the Light Radio Network. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Josh has also worked both in front of and behind the camera in the film industry. He lives with his wife, Gina, and their dog, Franklin, in South Carolina where Josh serves as a care pastor.