Lesson 1 - Areas of Life

  

As you look at the Areas of Life chart (see Areas of Life, Appendix 3), consider how many of these areas can truly be focused on or be completely devoted to at one time? Is it humanly possible to stay focused on all of them at once? The answer to this question is only one or two areas at the most. Only Jesus can focus on all of life’s issues and concerns at one time. Only He can manage, control, and repair them in a balanced fashion so that you gain abundant life that overflows with love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. The main areas of life are categorized into social, health, financial, legal, and spiritual. Denial can begin to affect any one of these life areas individually, but if allowed to grow and mature, it will eventually affect all of them. If allowed to progress unabated, addiction will deteriorate choices and free will.

Denial is observed in several examples in the scriptures. See the example of Aaron in the book of Exodus 32 (especially verse 24). Also see the example of King Saul to Samuel in the book of 1 Samuel 15 (especially verse 14).

Psalms 32:3-4 When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

The effect of denial is observed in the above Psalm. The author David describes the effect of his denial on his person. He states that his inner being began to ache and he became depressed. He states that he had a conscious knowledge that his Creator’s hand was upon him all the time and that it was there in a disciplining fashion. It became so evident to him that it drained the vitality from his inner man.

Oftentimes, the outward and obvious manifestations of denial are an increase in sensitivity to the following areas of emotion: anxiety, fear, suspicion, sarcasm, criticalness, worry, anger, laziness, melancholy, and, as previously mentioned, depression.

Definitions of Terms

Admit: A person may admit to something without ever accepting responsibility for his own actions. This causes an avoidance of the reality of owning one’s sin. It allows the individual to blame shift and to continue in the practice of denial and sinful habits. Examples: Cain, Balaam, King Saul, and Judas Iscariot.

Acceptance: When acceptance begins to bear fruit in a person’s life, there is a willingness to own the problems and issues that must be dealt with and a boldness that overcomes the powerful emotions of fear, guilt, and shame. There is a newfound security and a willingness to build integrity. There is a desire to be in the light, and now the fruit of repentance has a place to grow. Examples: David, Zacchaeus, Paul, and Peter.

John 3:21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

When there is true acceptance and repentance growing in your heart and character, you come to the light so that your actions can be clearly observed. Your conscience is clean, therefore freeing you from your old suspicious or paranoid nature. With these two negative emotions eliminated from the forefront of your mind, you are now able to be confident in who you are and thus, bold and loving with your convictions.