“Confess your faults one to another.” Jas 5:16
It feels good to live without shame. That doesn’t mean you’ll never stumble, it just means that by God’s grace you’ll get back up. Do you remember when you had to get a “permission slip” to miss school? Some of us have given ourselves permission slips to be weak, because we’ve become weary in the fight. Yes, it’s a long fight, but you can win if you want to! Here’s one of the keys to victory: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” If you are struggling to break a habit that’s trying to break you, God never intended you to do it alone. Whatever your habit or struggle may be, the moment it comes—tell on it! When you do, it begins to lose its power. You say, “Tell who?” Someone who’s been through it, someone who’s compassionate, someone who’ll stand with you in prayer, someone who’ll hold you accountable, someone who’ll keep your confidence. The Bible says: “Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!…Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (Ecc 4:10-12 NIV). Roman soldiers stood back-to-back, protecting each other when the attack was coming from different directions. So, who’s got your back? But a word of caution: confess your faults, not someone else’s! You can never be healed by confessing the faults of others. Confess your faults, and let God heal you. Today God wants to make you whole and set you free to enjoy His blessing. Will you let Him?
EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE
Every morning when I arrive to work I park on the 4th level of the garage. I’m not sure why, I just do. The only thing about the 4th level are these steep flights of stairs that I have to descend down. Each time I have the greatest fear of tripping and falling and chipping my front tooth LOL! (I know random thoughts, but its true!) I don’t text, I don’t talk on the phone and I keep my head down and focused on each step that I have to take until I reach the bottom. I do this and have these thoughts EVERY time I make my way down these stairs…but it doesn’t stop me from parking on the 4th level.
This morning was a little different. Of course my minded needed to take this to another level. I couldn’t help but wonder what would I do if I did chip my tooth and tumble like a klutz. I would be devastated at first and quickly hide from the shame and embarrassment of what just happened to me. Then I would replay it over and over in my head (on my way to the dentist ;)); “why didn’t I park on the first level?” “how did I miss the stair?” “I hope no one saw me.” But once my tooth was fixed and all wounds were healed, would I park on the 4th level again…or would I decide that the risk was far to great?
I realized then that people do not put much thought in the action of parking on the 4th level. We start at the top and never think about the tumble we take when we do not approach steep, difficult situations with caution and care. No one wants to start from the bottom and work their way up. Some of us are still nursing a tooth from the fall we took when we made “mistakes”. Some are still paying for their chipped tooth, some are living with their chipped tooth, some are dating or married to their chipped tooth, while there are some that stare at their tooth and are reminded about their fall everyday; without ever wanting to visit a “dentist” to get it fixed.
So Peaches what are you saying?! Stop staring at your chipped tooth, get it fixed and move on! Nursing your mistakes are doing nothing but offering a horrible movie placed on repeat in your mind. Mistakes simply teach us to take better caution next time were faced with decision making and our senses are also enhanced to better recognize similar instances and situations. Fixing your tooth might require some alone time, a vacation, a great sale at the mall ;), might involve finding a counselor, writing letters or writing in a journal, praying and seeking God, revisiting where you “fell” and seeking closure…whatever “dentist” you need to visit, make your appointment today and get it taken care of.
Leaving a hole in your mouth leaves you open to bacteria and could lead to you becoming sick. This is the same as with you life. If there is something your missing, a void not being filled, and emptiness, you leave your mind, body and spirit open to the enemy who “…prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) I challenge you to seek healing today. Bring the chapter of your past to a close and begin to write the future!
So to answer the question burning in all of your minds….I will continue to park on the 4th level LOL…I will just take the elevator! No I’m kidding LOL!
Have a fantastic day…Peaches loves you…but Jesus loves you more!
EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE