Recovery Principle 5: Trust
Do you have trust issues? Do you trust yourself? The previous 4 Recovery Principles have helped to prepare you for your next step on your journey, Recovery Principle 5: Trust. Trust is confident reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. This principle directly confronts any remaining insecurities. But, in attempting to manipulate your recovery by avoiding your next step means you will stay as sick as your secrets. Recovery Principle 5: Trust, “We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs”.
By confessing to God, yourself and another human being, you reveal the deepest secrets that are preventing the complete power of healing within your life. Accountability is the result and the journey of restoration continues. When you invite a “spiritually fit” human being into the deepest, darkest areas of your soul the miracle of individual integrity and true accountability takes place.
“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14, NIV
Recovery Principle 5: Trust, puts you face to face with not only your defects but what you have allowed them to do. As you continue to uncover the depths of your brokenness and gain a significant consciousness of your behaviors and the things you have done, you will experience resentment, guilt and shame. Commitment to your program of recovery is essential along with using the supports and tools God has provided you thus far.
You will gain a heightened awareness towards your old self which assists in understanding why you treated yourself and self-sabotaged your life the way you did. Through the work and application of Recovery Principle 5: Trust, and the following 4 principles, you come to forgive yourself so that there is no longer any separation or division within you. This continues the process of allowing yourself to be truly loved and truly cared for. You are to confess to be healed. Scripture says the confession is to be to God and to another human being.
There are times when we can look to history as a means to provide us with insight, motivation and inspiration towards fortifying our commitment to change. In 1519, Spaniard conquistador Hernan Cortes, who led the first expedition that resulted in the fall of the Aztec empire, scuttled his fleet of ships as a way to prevent the disloyal from undermining his plans by returning back to their homeland, Cuba. In applying this to your restoration, the scuttled ships represent burning the bridges to your old ways, thus discouraging you from returning to them. The “disloyal” to Cortes, symbolize the insecurities and brokenness in you which looks to serve to sabotage your journey towards true freedom. You can now look to this new life, your resurrection, as there is no turning back. The “ships”, or bridges, to the insanity of your past have been scuttled. At a cognitive level, it helps to solidify your commitment to Recovery Principle 5, Trust, and, at a spiritual level, helps to seal your focus towards God.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.” 1John 1:9-10, NIV
What will you decide to do? Will you continue to hold onto your deepest darkest secrets or will you opt for true healing and for your life to be restored?
Dear God, I humbly pray to you on Holy, Holy, Holy Ground to reveal that spiritually fit person whom I’m to confess to. I pray, God, to provide me with the courage to carry out Your will in this submission of confession. I humbly and completely submit myself to Your will and Your way. Amen.
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