I grew up in the Church under a "name it claim it", "fake it until you make it" type of ideology, but I realized that that was keeping a lot of people hurting but just hiding it better. You cannot heal from what you won't acknowledge or are in denial of. It's ok to say "I have depression" AND "I believe God heals"..... It's ok to say "I am angry" AND "I am blessed".... It doesn't have to be either/or...... It can be both/and.
You can't get right until you get real. We cannot heal from the traumas that we are in denial of.
I think many of us have been told “God can’t behold sin” or that “Sin separates us from God” to the point where we actually believe that God is offended by the messy, explicit, painful, bitter parts of us.
On the contrary, throughout scripture we see that we serve a God who:
- Leaves the 99 for the 1
- Will never leave us or forsake us
- Whose love is inescapable
- Dines with sinners
- Is labeled a drunk...