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“It isn't necessary for you to have a relationship with God to come to Celebrate Recovery. We have people come that say, 'I don't know if I believe in God' or 'I don't know if I have a relationship with him' and that's fine. We don't require anybody to be a believer. But we let them know up front that they're going to hear about God.”
"Anonymity and confidentiality are of utmost importance. No last names are used and anything that's spoken about at meetings does not go outside the walls. There's no registration, no attendance taken, and no cost."
“People who come say they didn't feel like anybody was pushing anything on them or anybody was trying to fix them,” said Kechnie. “We like to say it's not a place to fix, it's a safe place to support because we really don't get well in isolation. We get well in community.”
“It’s pretty exciting and energizing to see what God can do in a person's life.”
Jesus Christ is the ideal psychotherapist or mentor. He knows each of us intimately. Christ knows how we feel and how we think.
Adversity and helpless feelings are both inevitable on this planet. We simply can't always control our circumstances in life but we can control how we think about them.
Christ says, "Come to me those who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."
God created us to feel and to think. "A fool vents all their feelings but a wise person holds them in check."
Understanding and controlling our emotions, our feelings is the key to victory over any hurt, habit or hangup. All compulsive bad habits and hangups (from keeping your desk top clean, to shooting heroin), are preceded by feelings of helplessness. Virtually all compulsive behavior, all addictions, serve an emotional purpose.
Managing our emotions through Direct healthy thinking is the key to victory. "Don’t be conformed to this world but be transformed in your thinking in the renewing of your mind."
We all have circumstances in our life that cause us to feel overwhelmed, helpless, trapped, powerless and out of control. Each person is different but we all have a core theme. How we regain control over these helpless feelings determines our behavior, our hurts, habits and hangups. We can regain control with Displaced habits or hangups (drugs, anger, porn, gambling, etc) or we can regain control with Direct healthy Christ driven behavior that honors God. (These displaced habits and hangups are corrupted methods of regaining control because we are changing our mood, our feelings and doing something about it!) Regaining control over what we perceive to be overwhelming helpless feelings is the key to victory over any hurt, habit or hangup. Addiction is a Displaced compulsive behavior used to regain control over helplessness. It’s a symptom of emotional issues that we find extremely important and overwhelming. When we act with Direct behavior to regain control, there is no addiction. Christ driven behavior that honors God is the ideal Direct behavior.
Of course this is easier said than done. We are all powerless over our tendency to do the wrong thing. We are not powerless to choose. We all need help. The bottom line is giving control to God, delegate control to God. When we surrender our lives to God, "His grace is sufficient for us for there is power in our weakness." Ironically, those who have the humility and intellectual perspicacity and perspective to recognize their need for a savior are actually stronger than the proud, who are too weak to admit their own human limitations. That’s the paradox of depending on God — the more you’re weak, the more you depend on God. And the more you depend on God, the stronger you get. This behavioral concept is the real underlying premise of Mathew 5:5, Blessed are the Meek for they shall inherit the earth.
The good news is that Christ has promised us a Helper the Holy Spirit; "I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper that He may abide with you forever." You don't get his Helper, this Advocate or Mentor, in any other recovery program! God’s Spirit provides strength and encouragement and facilitates Direct Christ Driven Behavior that honors Christ and empowers us to regain control over helpless circumstances that we find overwhelming.
Guess what happens next as we progress in our relationship with Jesus Christ? Yes, "As we grow close to God, He grows close to us." Our values change, our motivation and purpose are realized; we exercise Direct healthy behavior, "the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
This isn't rocket science, this is the synergy of science and scripture at work. This is simple behavioral science that Christ taught over 2000 years ago.
Give God control, change your thinking and change your life.