Celebrate Recovery has each of its participants choose a sponsor when they are working through their inventory so the sponsor can complete the scripture, James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” This has recently happened with me sponsoring a young man in his 20’s. I’ve know this man since he started kindergarten in the school where I was principal. An unexpected discovery for him in working through this process was the amount of abuse he’d had but didn’t want to face. He’d tried all of his short life to call it something else. Last night he called in tears realizing some important people in his life didn’t necessarily have his best interest in mind. Their actions and decisions were showing they had themselves in mind.

One of the things I’m learning about being the new creation God makes us to be when we accept Christ into our lives is our need to go back to those haunting places and stay there until we see Christ in them. This took almost three years of PTSD therapy for me, but the end result now is my freedom to be the person God created me to be without the shackles I carried for over 60 years. Even today, God shows me areas that show up where I need to pause and find Christ. If I don’t, I quickly must stop, go back and allow Christ to shed Light which He always does. The Light of Jesus does penetrate the darkness of man’s ways and certainly the evil of Satan’s ways.

It is painful and very difficult to face these giants in our lives, but living on the other side of them is something one can never know until he does this. The young man I mentioned is grieving right now the false reality he has carried. However, once he is able to let this go, he will walk with tremendous freedom. God is amazingly GOOD, PATIENT and FAITHFUL!

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