I have loved the book, Abide in Christ, since discovering it twenty-something years ago in Bible College. Andrew Murray’s writing and expounding on scripture is simple and profound at the same time.
I am glad I am re-reading the book now and came across this quote. I so needed this reminder of the fact that it’s God’s job to hold tomorrow and not mine. How often have I neglected what is right in front of me that I CAN do today because I am trying to figure out so many tomorrows that Father has already promised to handle?
Confession is a powerful avenue of healing that sheds light on any sin we are harboring. But it can get easily lost in today’s culture of photo-shopped perfection and social media highlight reels.
However, I challenge you and me to reclaim confessing “one to another.” It is a basic and powerful element of faith for those of us who call ourselves believers in and followers of Jesus. It is also the reason that sustained commitment to a twelve-step program, such as Celebrate Recovery or Alcoholics Anonymous, is the only way many find true freedom from destructive and addictive life patterns. And it is also the reason many modern churches have lost their effectiveness in truly leading their members into a lifestyle not dominated by sin. There sometimes is more of an emphasis on looking blessed than taking time to confess.
In His famous “Sermon on the Mount”, Jesus stated, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” – Matthew 5:8
Jesus’ brother, James, echoed that truth when he wrote, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16
What would our churches and our lives look like if we truly began to imitate the ancient and effective pattern of the early church of shedding light on sin so true healing can occur? Why not try it and find out?
Oh, and please note…. It doesn’t say you have to be some super human or a priest-type to hear someone else’s confession. The “one to another” lateral aspect of confession as peers and NOT as superiors is important. This prevents us from erroneously placing the power of forgiveness on anyone else other than our One True God.
The teaching on Saul’s Radical Encounter by Billy Humphrey a couple weeks ago at New Bridge Church in Atlanta is really speaking to me right now.
Follow any of the links in this blog to listen to the entire teaching. If you’re tired of church as usual that really doesn’t seem to impact culture and you long to see what a church touched by the fire of God really looks like, it will be well worth your time.