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Bible Challenge – James 5

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Confess your sins to each other & pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power & produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

Confess your sins to each other …. But what if they ________  ….. I can do this on my own no-one else needs to know, after all, I’m probably the only one that deals with this …. I don’t have close enough friends to share this type of stuff with.  Sound familiar? Have you caught yourself thinking any of these thoughts when it comes to confessing your sin to another person?  I know I have said all of these plus some.

Let’s face it, there is a big risk we take when we expose the things we try to hide and confess the sin that we are ashamed of and many times addicted to, to other people. However, when we humble ourselves and confess our sin to God and to others, we take a new stance against the sin that we try to hide, that tends to keep us controlled and trapped no matter how many times we have prayed the prayer telling God we’ll never do it again.  We will take a new stance against the sin that we know is keeping God at distance.

Is it scary … YES! Is it necessary …. YES! Sin is serious, and its time that we take it serious and stop trying to fight against it in our own power! We have to stop believing the lies that Satan has caused us to believe, and we have to believe that when we live by God’s Word, we will experience the power and promise found in Gods Word.

When we confess our sin to others, it engages them in the battle with us.   It allows them to stand with us, pray for us, and hold us accountable. The Bible says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Pr 27:17) The Truth is, we need each other! Let’s stop trying to battle sin alone. Let’s be honest, it hasn’t worked that well for us so far has it!?!

Father, help me not just read this verse and focus on the promise at the end of the verse. Help me to face my fears by stepping out in faith and taking the risk by confessing my sins (not just the easy ones but the difficult ones) to others.

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  1. Jackie Sade
    September 20, 2010 at 12:49 am

    But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take a oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.” James 5:12

    I’ve always known swearing was bad, but I never understood why. James 5 says that we should not take oaths because they will be held against us. This is a habit I need to break, truthfully.

    “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

    James tells us that we should pray for all occasions. He says that we should pray when we suffer, we should sing praises when we’re happy and we should pray for others. Prayer is SO powerful. God has infinite power, and he never fails us. So why wouldn’t we put our trust in him? Why wouldn’t we rely on prayer? We shouldn’t pray as a last resort. God WANTS us to pray to him.

    God, I’m so glad we can talk anytime. Thank you that you’ll listen to my needs. Help me learn to listen to you. Jesus, you are so powerful! I’m thankful that you hold everything together, including me. Amen.

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