There’s always more Jesus

Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  James 5:16

Do you ever refrain from sharing your struggles with people because you are embarrassed?  Or you keep quiet because you feel as if your struggles are so silly compared to “what other people are facing in life.”

Maybe you aren’t fighting cancer or going through financial ruin…

You haven’t broken the law or had an affair…

But instead you are fearful of your upcoming doctor’s visit.  Maybe you find yourself constantly frustrated with your spouse.  You haven’t broken the law, but you’ve broken the trust of a friend.  Maybe your affair wasn’t with a man, but instead with food or alcohol.   

And because you realize that your burden or sin pattern is minuscule on a  comparative scale, you tend to stay silent about it.  Heaven forbid we bother someone, seem high maintenance or make ourselves vulnerable.

Can you relate?  Have you done this?

I know I have.

Like last week.

But the reality is, our struggles are struggles because they wage war against our peace.

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

John 14:27 NLT – underline mine

As we see here, Jesus left us with an inheritance of peace.  So our reality is this …. when we lose it, there is a problem.

And sharing our troubles or fears with other trustworthy friends brings healing.  No matter HOW SMALL or HOW BIG.

Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  James 5:16

And this past week, I just had to swallow my pride and “admit my faults to another,” as James encourages.  And immediately after…. and I mean immediately.… I was healed.

Note – this passage does NOT say “so that you may be forgiven,” but so that you may be healed.  Forgiveness comes from God.  Healing comes in relationships.

And if the enemy can keep us quiet, silent, our secrets in the dark, then he has us in shame and bondage.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2

And as believers in Christ – bondage opposes the Cross.

Jesus died to set the captives free.  The enemy works to drag us back.

Every. Day. All. Day.

Remaining silent about our troubles, no matter the size or weight, is a tool he uses to bind our hands.

My friend sent me a message a while ago and her words were so poignant that I saved the image.  I have read it numerous times.

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Isn’t this so good?

And what a thought…. “Guild, self-doubt and disappointment serve nothing except the enemy.”

Lord knows I DO NOT want to serve him.  ugh.

So today if you are holding something inside (a burden, a secret, a sin) release it.

First to the Lord, and maybe even to another.

Sit at His feet. Call up that one friend you can trust.  And say, “Here I am.  I am not perfect.  But you love me anyway.”

Experience forgiveness.

Experience healing.

Experience peace.

“Because broken people just need more of Jesus.  

And there’s always more.”

 

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