One of the greatest obstacles we need to overcome on our recovery journeys is the deadly cloak of secrecy.

During my journey, I was not truly able to obtain victory over, and healing from, my addictions until I came to realize how the practice of secrecy served to keep me in those chains of bondage. I wasted so much of my time and energy (and life in general) constantly hiding behind masks, and not letting anyone see who I really was and what was happening in my life. This only served to isolate me from the help I so desperately needed and kept me hopelessly locked in the cycle of guilt and shame.

Many evil things depend upon the darkness in order to thrive. Chief amongst them is the evil that is resident in the human heart. Jeremiah 17:9 spells out this fact is quite succinctly by stating, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (NKJV)

This truth is further developed and explained in what my family call the ‘cockroach verses’: “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:19-21)

We have probably all watched cockroaches scatter to hide in the darkness as we searched a filthy alleyway with our flashlights. Sin in our heart acts in very much the same manner when initially exposed to the pure light of God’s Word. It is only when fully exposed to this purifying light that sin will lose its power over our lives and allow us to heal.

Through the process of eliminating the secrecy from my life, and my actions, I have been able to let God’s light shine into more and more of the hidden crevasses of my heart, exposing additional areas needing to be dealt with and cleaned out. However, once we have cleaned the house of our heart, we must ensure that we fill it with more and more of God’s word. To do otherwise puts us at risk of returning to even worse condition than the one we were in originally. As such, we would do well to heed the warning provided by Jesus in Luke 11:24-26: “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

May this New Year of 2015 be the year you let in the Son-shine and undertake a fearless and thorough house cleaning, followed by a complete relational overhaul with Jesus Christ in control of your hearts!

Taking Every Thought Captive!

Scott Pipenhagen
Recovery / Transition Chaplain
Serve & Protect
2 Corinthians 1:3-4


About Scott P.

Scott is a retired Military LEO and a Volunteer Chaplain with Serve & Protect ( where he seeks to provide transition services for First Responders and Military personnel by mentoring and connecting them with local 12 Step or similar Faith-Based recovery programs, local Chaplains, and Trauma Therapists to continue their recovery journey following residential care treatment. Scott contributes these devotions to the Serve & Protect ministry Facebook page: Guns'n'Hoses ( Scott has been involved in Faith-Based recovery programs since 2006 and has a Bachelor of Science in Religion through Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies through Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Fredericksburg, VA, and can be contacted at
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