The First Step to Recovery – Overcoming Denial


Denial – Excerpt from Stepping Out Of Denial Into God’s Grace by John Baker

Principle 1: Realize I’m not God.  I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong ting and that my life is unmanageable. 

Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor. (Matthew 5:3)

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For Ihave the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. (Romans 7:18)

God tells us, “You can’t heal a wound by saying it’s not there!”

Dissables our feelings – this freezes our emotions

They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves to destructive habits – for we are slaves to anything that has conquered us. (2 Peter 2:19)

Energy lost – creates anxiety – worry stops our ability to go forward

He frees the prisoners…He lifts the burdens from those who are bent down beneath their loads. (Psalm 146:7-8)

Negates growth – We are as sick as our sickness.  We don’t grow when we are sick

They cried out to the Lord in their troubles, and he rescued them!  He led them from their darkness and shadow of death and snapped their chains. (Psalm 107:13-14)

Isolates us from God- God’s light shines on truth – Denial keeps us in the dark and away from God

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (I John 1:5-7)

Alienates us from our relationships – Denial tells us we are getting away with it.  We think no one sees us but they do. What shall we do?

Stop lying to each other: tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves. (Ephesians 4:25)

Lengthen the pain – We think denial keeps us from pain when in fact it fuels it and prolongs it.

God’s promise: I will give you back your health again and heal your wounds. (Jeremiah 30:17)

Accept the first principle in recovery.  I’m learning to step out of my denial. Step into the unconditional love of Jesus!



Author: cinderellareleased

Bio Marlene was raised in Central Florida, the daughter of a 12th generation farmer and part Cherokee mother. She learned at an early age to work hard and to love God. She first met Jesus at the tender age of six sitting in an orange tree in her backyard in Sanford, Florida. This was when she first felt a call to the nations. She is mother to four sons, three grandchildren, and many spiritual sons and daughters. Isaiah 54 is her life chapter. It was from that scripture God gave her two specific promises about her physical children. “All your children will be taught of the Lord and have great peace.”(Isaiah 54:13) and, “Your decedents will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” (Isaiah 54:3). Marlene has been called to go wherever and by whatever means God leads and guides; making disciples, assisting and caring for the children He sends her way. This could be across the street or across the world. It could be to the jailhouse, or to someone’s penthouse or simply a backyard BBQ. But wherever she is, her desire is to bring hope and healing to a lost generation. She has a heart for the lost, backslidden and broken. Her desire is to love and know the Lord fully and unconditionally, growing in His grace and wisdom; becoming His perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle. God created us to be beautiful. She wants to know and become God’s treasure on this earth and to help others become God’s treasured people also. God searches today for those who will make Him their single desire, who will say with the Psalmist and King David that, “the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance” (Psalm 16:5). They will be His special possession because, “the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure” (Psalm 135:4). 850-661-6104 CinderellaReleased.Me Webpage

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