DENIAL is often one of the most difficult concepts to accept when first introduced to the 12 Steps…First, we deny that we have a problem, then we deny that we cause our problem. We deny that we need help as a result of our problems and we deny that anything could change even if we sought help. The first fact that we face as we move towards wellness in Celebrate Recovery is that denying our hurts, habits and hang-ups keeps us sick – honestly facing the truth of our lives, on the other hand, can lead us to victory in our recovery journey.

Disables our feelings
“They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” (2 Peter 2:19, NLT)

Energy is lost
“The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.” (Psalm 146:7b-8, NIV)

Negates growth
“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble. And He saved them from their suffering. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death. And He broke their chains.” (Psalm 107:13-14, NLV)

Isolates us from relationships
“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and 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.” (1 John 1:5b-7, NIV)

Alienates us from God
“What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.” (Ephesians 4:15, The Message)

Lengthens the pain
“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord,” (Jeremiah 30:17a, ESV)

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