Be Honest. Lesson 23 of 40
Denial about your shortcomings doesn’t get you too far. It keeps you going in cycles. I have learned that I can’t fully deal with and be free from an issue until I am willing to be honest and acknowledge that the issue exists. I must be honest with myself when dark parts of my heart are revealed, and I respond negatively in certain situations. I can’t put up smoke screens and shift the blame. Instead I must look in the mirror and acknowledge my shortcomings.
When I am honest with myself about the state I am in, I can then be honest with God in prayer about the issue. When I am honest in prayer, God is then able to do a work in my spirit. A lack of honesty with God closes the door to Him purging me and making me more like Him. I can’t fix or change the ugly parts of my heart, but honesty with God, gives Him access to those dark areas. I am so grateful for a God that can handle all my “ugly” and continues the process of beautifying me. How about you? Do you find it easy to be honest with yourself and God about your shortcomings? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.