Journey To Wholeness
Dr. Stan DeKoven's message to the Body of Christ is that, through Christ, the Church can provide a safe place where the hurting members can be healed, a haven where the sinful members can be cleansed without condemnation, and a comforting home where the victims of addictions and abuse can become healthy and whole through God's restoring love. More
For years, I have struggled in my Christian walk to arrive at a place where I could live my life according to biblical principles. Most people I have ministered to over the years share this same desire to become all that God has created them to be. As I looked around in my world, I would sometimes envy those who seemed to have it "all together," who seemed to live a life of "perfect" biblical balance.
Yet, what I have found through my counseling, is that despite their outward appearances, just about everyone still struggles with deep inner issues within their lives -- issues such as sin and lack of self-discipline. If you are struggling with these areas in your own life, know that, from this moment on, you are not alone, or even that unusual.
As an Americanized Christian, I have tried hard to do things "right." I have seemingly punched all the right tickets on this train of life -- I have completed all the educational processes, have worked hard in my professional career, and have been faithful to the local church.
Despite these "right" steps, in many ways, I seemingly went in the wrong direction. I probably gave more emphasis to psychology in my life than to my Bible training and ministry. For many years, I thought I had made a mistake in the direction that I selected; yet, today, I am now convinced the Lord's hand was in it all.
Through my selection of psychology as a profession, God has allowed me to study and train in the areas of human behavior, marriage and family counseling, as well as to prepare more fully for the ministry. You see, the Lord knew the overall plan and purpose for my life -- He knew the beginning, and He knows the end.
The same is true for your life!
God knows where you are now, and no matter how fragmented the parts of your life might seem at the moment, He knows where you are going -- and your life has a purpose!
I remember shortly after I was saved, my mom would encourage me to read the book of Proverbs. At a very early age, I developed a hunger for God's Word, and a hunger to know God in all of His fullness.
The primary scripture the Lord gave me as a young lad was Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path."
I desired God's direction and guidance, and I also desired wisdom to be able to help others who hurt and needed specialized ministry. After a period of time, and growing in God, I began to study the field of psychology, and developed a fascination as to why people do what they do, and what makes them function.
Through all my university and graduate school training, I found there were not nearly as many concrete answers as there were nagging questions -- questions about why people do what they do, about issues of morality -- questions, questions, questions, but not always sufficient answers.
I began to seek after God with all of my heart to again show me what model, what plan could be found in the Word that people could use to get to the place where they can be truly whole in the Lord. I found there were two keys towards experiencing revelation:
1. Seek after God, and He will give you revelation, and,
2. Be obedient to those things God shows you.
I found that if I did not respond to the first revelation God gave to me, the second one was slow in coming. I honestly believe that herein lies a key to spiritual growth. The Living Bible says, "Growth in wisdom comes from obeying his laws" (Psalm 111:10).
As we obey God's guidance, and put His revelations into practice through obedience, we grow.
The book you are now holding in your hands is the result of that search, those revelations, and God's guiding hand to help me grow.
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