One of the best days of my spiritual journey is the day that I walked into Re:Gen, a Bible based recovery ministry. The very first thing that I heard was a testimony in “big group”, “My name is Todd. I have a new life in Christ and am recovering from….” I discovered that all testimonies in Re:Gen starts with a statement of faith, humility and transparency. Each begins with “I have a new life in Christ…” Very quickly the listener begins to understand for one to recover, they must walk in a newness of life in Christ. He/she is admitting that “Christ living in me” is what changes and empowers me to flesh out a new life of recovery. Then, there is a statement of what you are recovering from…i.e. the fear of being out of control, porn, addiction to drugs, overeating, fear of failure, fear of rejection, people, fear of a man (from women), sexual lust, sexual addiction, fear of crowds, money, power, etc. The atmosphere is authentic, transparent and alive.
In recovery, each of person is placed in a “closed group.” The experience of “closed group” is church lived out right in front of you…you climb in the ring fighting for and with each other. No one is sitting on the sidelines watching. Everyone becomes a participant.
Verses from the Bible that I had heard for years came alive right in front of my eyes…
- James 5 16 confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
- Galatians 6 1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.
- Your “brothers” help restore you gently without condemnation “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).
- Yet, at the end of the day, each individual must determine “to test our own actions….to carry our own load” choosing to clean up hurtful, bitter relationships to the best of their abilities and stop believing lies that have imprisoned them. He/she learns to walk a new life of recovery in the power of Christ. It becomes their own testimony.
Whether you are in a recovery group or not, you need to find community in your local setting. The Christian life is meant to be lived transparently and authentically in an “one another” environment. Learn to walk arm-locked-in-arm with others. I recognize that this may be frightening for you. It was for me too. Send a comment to me if you desire and I will try my best to help you get connected. You are not meant to be alone.