For several weeks I have found myself repeating, almost to the point of mantra, the truth is that you cannot get any real help until you own your sins, your faults. Placing blame, cutting yourself some slack is soothing to the hurt pride or aching conscience, but it will not really cure.
An old saying from my early years has it: "Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
Over the years of my pastoral experience I have learned to soon quit wasting time trying to help anyone who will not face the often horrid facts concerning them and their plight. Before a deluded person living in an Egyptian River can be helped they must deal with the factual reality of their particular situation.
I know that faith can and often does trump facts. I also know that until facts are faced you do not know what kind of faith you need nor how to effectively apply the faith.
I know a man, actually several, who spend an enormous amount of time and effort attempting to use faith to gain enough money to pay for their habit. I am thinking of several habits, or correctly addictions.
Their efforts are failing. Faith would work toward breaking addictions not supporting them.
Matthew 9:29 "Then touched he their eyes, (point of need) saying, According to your faith be it unto you."
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