This journey of living free begins with a lifestyle of being honest; with ourselves, God and others. Notice that being honest is not a step; this is a lifestyle that we live. [tweet_dis]Being honest is a major key to freedom; it unlocks the door to reality and receiving truth[/tweet_dis], rather than remaining in a life hidden behind walls in darkness and deception.
We can only live this healthy lifestyle through our relationship with Jesus and His strength (2 Cor. 12:9-10). None of these keys to living free are easy; but with God’s strength, they are doable, rewarding and very much worth the perseverance it takes.
Honesty must begin within us, in our own heart. We cannot be honest with anyone else, including God, if we are not honest with ourselves. Without honesty, real authentic relationships cannot exist. This includes all of our relationships: with ourselves, with God and with others.
We must be willing to see and admit truth. Without being truthful about the depth of your problem, you will not be willing to go to the necessary lengths it takes to gain freedom.
Steve Arterburn of New Life Ministries has had this to say about honesty and denial when it concerns an addiction “Denial is a lie that keeps us in slavery. It’s only when we become brutally honest about our bondage that there’s any chance for freedom.”
Being honest is a crucial key to freedom.
[tweet_dis]Will you be courageous enough to pray the following prayer with me[/tweet_dis] from Psalm 139? Ask Him to search your heart.
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (NIV)
Praying this prayer with a sincere heart, being willing to hear His answer and responding appropriately is a huge step in being honest with yourself and God. Out of this honesty, you can begin to live authentically in relationship with others.
The Bible tells us to share our struggles with others. James 5:16 says “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (NIV) Not only is it important to be honest with ourselves and God, but also to confess to others. Find someone who is a safe person that has wisdom, is trustworthy and is a person of prayer who can walk with you on this journey to living free.
The Keys to Living Free are not always easy, and this key of being honest may feel vulnerable at times. However, the rewards are great as you use this key daily and move forward to a lifestyle of living free.
This is the second post in a series called “Keys to Living Free”. If you have not read the introduction to this series, I encourage you to do so in order to understand the complete context of this post.
Originally posted in 2012. Edited and re-posted, October, 2014.
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