Revealing Is The Beginning Of Healing

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16

Revealing your feeling is the beginning of emotional healing.

The Bible says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).

Do you want to be emotionally healthy? The first step in that process is confessing your sins to God.

But to get over your sin and get on with your life to be emotionally healthy you need to take a second step. You need to tell someone else about your sin.

You may ask, “Why does God want me to drag somebody else into this?” Here’s why: God knows that the root of your problem is relational.

You often don’t even realize that your broken relationships with other people are the root of your problems. Instead of being honest with others, you disguise who you really are. You pretend you have it all together when everybody knows you don’t. You act like everything is just fine when it’s not.

That behavior isolates you from other people. It prevents intimacy. And it keeps you from the deepest level of love. You cannot love fully with hidden sin in your heart.

You are only as sick as your secrets. The fact is, the more you hide, the sicker you get. On the other hand, revealing your feeling is the beginning of healing. When you find someone who you can trust—who listens to you and shares with you you know what happens? You find that they have problems too.

There’s something about telling another person that releases the pressure valve. When you shine the light on your secret, suddenly it loses its power over you.

If you want healing, you’ve got to stop concealing. What’s the thing in your life you don’t want anybody to know about? That’s the area where God wants to give you the most grace, mercy, and healing.

Just As If You’d Never Sinned

“Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16

You don’t have to be hesitant or shy about coming to God for forgiveness. The Bible says, “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16).

At the throne of grace, you don’t find scolding, punishment, or rejection. When you come to God with your sin, you receive his mercy and grace.

What’s the difference between mercy and grace? Mercy is forgiveness for all the wrongs you’ve done in the past. Grace is the power to change in the future. You need both.

God says that when you come to him with honesty and humility, you will receive his forgiveness. But let me share how not to approach God for forgiveness.

Don’t beg God. He wants to forgive you more than you want to be forgiven.

Don’t bargain or bribe. Don’t promise: “God, I’ll never do it again! I’ll live this kind of life. I’ll tithe 20 percent.”

Don’t beg. Don’t bargain. Just believe.

What do you need to believe? Believe God’s promise in Hebrews 4:16 that, when you come to God, you’ll find mercy and grace.

How should you approach God for forgiveness? Just confess. Confession is not saying, “God, I’ll never do it again.” It’s saying, “You’re right, God. I was wrong.”

The Bible says in Romans 5:1, “Since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God . . . through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

What does it mean to be justified? It means “just as if I’d never sinned.”

Wouldn’t you like to have a heart that’s washed clean? No matter how deep the stain of your sin, God can remove the stain and renew your heart just as if you’d never sinned.

A Fresh Start Begins With Repentance

“Let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the LORD. Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say, ‘We have sinned and rebelled.'” Lamentations 3:40-42

The path to a fresh start and a clear conscience begins with repentance.

What does it mean to repent? It means three things: First, take responsibility for your sin. Second, turn away from those things. And, third, turn toward God and his grace.

The Bible says, “Let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord. Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say, ‘We have sinned and rebelled’”(Lamentations 3:40-42).

Repentance doesn’t mean rationalizing your sin. Don’t think, “It was no big deal.” It was a big deal, or you wouldn’t have remembered it. And don’t say, “It happened so long ago” or “It was just a stage I went through” or “Everybody does it.” You can’t rationalize sin, minimize it, excuse it, or blame others. That is not true repentance.

Pay attention to this: The greatest holdup to the healing of your hang-up is you. You’re not waiting on God or anyone else. God is ready and wanting to heal the hang-up in your life.

The Bible says in 1 John 1:8, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”.

Would you like to get rid of the self-defeating habits in your life? You will stop defeating yourself when you stop deceiving yourself. It starts with gut-level honesty and acknowledging that something is wrong, no matter how much you want to rationalize it and excuse it. You need to admit your sin, confess it, and get it out of your life.

Take that first step of repentance today and get on the path to a fresh start.

The First Step To A Clear Conscience

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24

The first step to a clear conscience is to do a personal spiritual assessment.

Here’s how you do it. When you’re not in a hurry, sit down with God in a quiet place and tell God, “I want to do business with you. I want to make a list of anything that is getting between you and me. Help me see the things I know are wrong, and the things I don’t know are wrong.”

Ask God to reveal your sins. You can pray like the psalmist: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Psalm 139:23-24). When you pray this, you’re asking God to find the things in you that have entangled you and are holding you back.

It’s important to take your time. Don’t rush it! Don’t say, “God, I’ve got five minutes for you to reveal every sin I’ve ever done.” Take your time and be sure to write it all down.

Why is it important to write it down? Writing makes it specific. Thoughts untangle themselves through the lips and the fingertips through what you say and what you write. If you haven’t written it down, you haven’t thoroughly thought about it.

Let me ask you a very important question: How serious are you about wanting God’s blessing on your life? Enough that you’re willing to be gut-level honest with him? Are you willing to be honest with yourself? Are you willing to be honest with other people? Or are you just going to live in denial? Denial and God’s blessing do not go hand-in-hand.

If you long to have a clear conscience, then you’re just one step away from liberation from a feeling of joy like you’ve never experienced. Along the way, you’ll find freedom from the habits, hurts, and hang-ups that are messing up your life.

Please don’t procrastinate. Reserve time this week to complete your personal spiritual assessment. It’s the first step to enjoying a clear conscience, and it will change your life!

God Blesses What You Bring To Him

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.”Ecclesiastes 11:1

Whatever you give to God, he multiplies.

If you give God your talent, he’ll multiply your talent. If you give God your energy, he’ll multiply your energy. Whatever you give to God, he will multiply and give it back.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days”.

To teach this truth, Jesus did a miracle. Five thousand people followed Jesus out into the middle of the desert. He taught them all day, and at the end of the day, they were hungry. The disciples told Jesus to send everyone away. Instead, Jesus told the disciples they needed to feed the people. I’m sure the disciples wondered, “What is he doing?” He was testing their faith. He wanted to see if they would depend on him to provide what they needed to feed 5,000 people.

Out of that huge crowd, one little boy had brought lunch, and inside were five little loaves of bread and two dried fish. The boy brought his lunch to Jesus and said, “Lord, you can have this.”

Jesus took the bread and loaves. He prayed, broke it, blessed it, and multiplied it. It fed all 5,000 people who were also the 5,000 witnesses to this miracle. Not only that, but there were 12 baskets full of leftover fish and loaves!

God always gives you more than you need, more than you anticipate, and more than you can imagine. He took what the boy gave him. He broke it, he blessed it, and he used it.

That’s what God does in your life. He takes what you bring to him even the broken parts and uses it for good.

Offer Jesus what you have today. He’ll bless you and use you to bless others.

Give What You Get

“God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:10-12

What God gives to you, he wants to give through you.

God is looking for people he can use. He looks around and asks, “Will you be a cup, or will you be a straw?” If you’re a cup, you just get filled up, and that’s it. But another kind of person says, “God, I’ll be a straw, and you can channel your blessing through me to other people.” That’s the kind of person God wants to bless.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9:10-11, “God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times”.

This promise is built on your willingness to share what he supplies to you. Are you willing to pass on God’s blessing to others?

You may say, “Wait a minute! I’m not rich enough to be generous.” Oh, yes, you are! No matter how much or how little you have, you can be generous with it.

There’s a story in the Bible about a woman who only had two pennies, yet she gave them away. The idea that “I don’t have enough to give” is a myth. You can always give something. The Bible says, “For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God” (2 Corinthians 9:12).

When you’re going through a tough time, you still can say, “God, I don’t have much, but I’m willing to share. I only have a little food, but I’m willing to invite somebody over for dinner.”

When you do this, God promises three things. First, you will grow spiritually. Second, he will use you to meet other people’s needs. And, third, you will bring him glory.

When you give away what you have, God will open the door of blessing in your life in ways you can’t imagine.

Trust God One Day At A Time

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done . . . Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:6-8

God wants you to trust him one day at a time. He wants you to ask for your “daily bread” (Matthew 6:11), not for your weekly bread, monthly bread, or yearly bread.

The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done . . . Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:6-8).

This passage teaches four things to do daily to trust God:

Worry about nothing. “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34). Why is worry such a big deal? Because it’s not just a bad habit—it’s a sin. But God keeps his promises, and you can trust that he will take care of you.

Pray about everything. Prayer changes things. Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” God solved your biggest problem—the sin that kept you from heaven—when he sent Jesus to die for you. If God loved you enough to send Jesus to die for you, don’t you think he loves you enough to take care of all your other problems?

Thank God in all things. No matter what happens, give thanks. The Bible doesn’t say, “For all things, give thanks.” It says, “In all things, give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). You don’t have to be thankful for bad things in your life. You should never be thankful for evil. You don’t have to be thankful for cancer or a car accident. But God says that in everything you can give thanks. Why? Because you know that God’s going to take care of you. You know he’s going to meet your needs. You know he’s going to help you.

Think about the right things. In Philippians 4, God has given you a list of things to think about things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise.

Where do you find things that are pure and lovely to think about? You won’t find them watching TV or scrolling through social media. You will find pure, lovely, and honorable thoughts in the Word of God. Read it, study it, memorize it, and fill your mind with it. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”.

Make today the day you start trusting God one day at a time.

God Meets Your Needs

“If you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11

God made everything. Everything you see and everything you can’t see. Everything on Earth and in the universe beyond. God is the source of every good thing. And you can depend on him.

As you depend on God to be your source for everything, remember four truths.

Every good thing is a gift from God. You didn’t earn anything. It’s all a gift of God’s grace. If God didn’t want to give it, you wouldn’t have it.

The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). That’s why the third phrase of the Lord’s Prayer starts with the word “give”—“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Why? Because you can’t earn the things God gives you—they’re gifts from him.

There’s nothing you need that God can’t provide. You don’t know what you’ll need tomorrow or the rest of this year. But whatever it is, God has the power to supply it.

The Bible says in Philippians 4:19: “My God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus”. “Glorious riches” means God is lavish with what he provides. He has unlimited resources.

God wants to give you everything you need. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” It makes God happy to meet your every need.

God is waiting on you. If you have needs in your life that aren’t being met, it may be that God is waiting on you to ask! The problem isn’t that God doesn’t want to meet your need; the problem could be that you haven’t asked him to. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God”.

What or who have you been counting on to meet your needs? If it’s anything other than God, turn that around today. Trust God to be your source for everything.

What Is Your Daily Bread?

“People do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 8:3

When Jesus tells you to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11), he’s talking about far more than just bread. In fact, the Bible says that bread represents four things.

Bread represents the necessities of life. When you pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” you don’t sit on the couch and wait for God to throw you money. You’ve got to work!

God says, “I supply it. You gather it.” That’s God’s economy. Even the Israelites had to go out and pick up the manna. Work is part of God’s purpose for your life. It builds character. Proverbs 14:23 says, “Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table”.

Bread represents God’s Word. The Bible says, “People do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3). The Bible is our spiritual food.

When the children of Israel were walking to the Promised Land, God dropped manna from heaven because they had nothing to eat. God gave them bread to show them they needed more than physical food to live; they needed to depend on him. Real life comes by feeding on every word of the Lord. We don’t just need physical nourishment; we need spiritual nourishment too.

Bread represents God’s family and fellowship. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:16, “Is the bread which we break not a sharing in the body of Christ?”.

Bread is a metaphor for the family of God. You need God’s people in your life! Whether or not you have a physical family, God wants you to be part of his family that will last forever the church. God made it to be a place of fellowship.

Bread represents salvation. In the act of communion, Jesus chose bread to represent the sacrifice of his body. Every time you eat the bread and drink the wine or juice, it is a reminder of how much God loves you and the sacrifice Jesus made so you can go to heaven.

Whatever your need is today whether it’s physical, emotional, relational, or spiritual depend on God to meet that need for you. Simply pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Then trust God to take care of you.

What Does It Mean To Throw Your Life Away

“Give yourselves to God . . . and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.” Romans 6:13

God wants you to learn to be a giver, not a taker. He wants you to surrender to Jesus by laying down every area of your life.

Jesus said, “If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35).

Notice the phrase “only those who throw away their lives.” What does it mean to throw away your life? It means you submit yourself to God for his purposes.

Romans 6:13 says, “Give yourselves to God . . . and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes”. When you give yourself to God and let him use you, life becomes an adventure. That’s when you really start to live!

When you say, “Okay God, I’m not going to live for me anymore. Instead, I’m going to live for you and for other people. I’m going to learn to lay down my life and my plans,” God will provide for all of your needs. The Bible says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33).

How do you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern? You care about the things God cares about. God doesn’t care about money and fame. He doesn’t care about a lot of the things we care about. He cares most about people.

Surrender your life to God. Build your life around the things that are most important to him. He’ll make sure you have all you need, and you’ll find true purpose in life.

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