GET TOGETHER- The Blessing of Confession

GET TOGETHER- The Blessing of Confession 

Jas 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.(NKJV)

I love this wonderful passage from James. It is another one of those Biblical principles that if the Holy Spirit hadn’t used it in my life I most likely would not be typing this. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2Co 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (NKJV)

          When I think about that I am thankful for the grace of God that is there when we make a mistake, or sin in some way that does not glorify the Lord. That grace is there to let us know that when we confess and repent that God forgives us. And I think that the passage in James helps us to see that not only will God forgive us, but that there is a grace that God gives through the Holy Spirit that will help us to not continually blow it in that way again. 

Last night J.J. and our family were at our Grandson Judah’s basketball game.   During the first game I was doing some bleacher coaching in J.J.’S ear. She decided to get up and move down about three rows. J.J. doesn’t have a real competitive nature, and I am in the process of letting the Holy Spirit sanctify mine. Our team won the game, and which by the way is 12 years old and under. They also were going to play a second game.  So, between games I told J.J. that I would refrain from bleacher coaching in her ear if she would come back and sit by me. 

I have been preaching and sharing how we should be as passionate, or make that even more passionate for the things of the Kingdom than for our sports teams. The game was taking place at our opponents’ gym.  All the fans from both teams were sitting on the same side of the gym.  As the second game started out our team got behind by a pretty good margin. So, my thoughts were that they were tired from playing one game and their opponent was fresh, so a split on an opponent’s home floor late on a school night wasn’t terrible.   So, in the fourth quarter our team made a valiant comeback and won the game.

I am embarrassed to say what I did. There was a real big guy who was a fan of the other team behind us. And he had really done nothing, but cheer for his team and challenge the calls that the referees made when they went against his team. He really didn’t say anything derogatory. But when we won the game, I used my voice in a way that God doesn’t want me to. I stood up and just said what a comeback! What a comeback!  That man either had children, or grandchildren on the other team . The Bible tells us to love our neighbor as ourself, and I wouldn’t have wanted someone standing up in front of me loudly saying that. That was something that I should have said just to encourage the players on our team after the game.  I am thankful that the man didn’t knock me down the bleachers. 

 When I got home I and ask J.J. to forgive me  for getting on her nerves by bleacher coaching in her ear. I repented for what I did and ask God to forgive me. To repent means you have a change in the way that you believe and the way that you act. 

I have since confessed this to my brothers in Christ who help hold me accountable and pray for me. I ask you to help hold me accountable. When I go to a ballgame, I want to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that none of are perfect. On the other hand, we can play the I am not perfect card and inhibit our growth in Christ. I am so thankful that we can confess our trespasses to one another and pray for one another and that the Holy Spirit will help us to glorify Jesus Christ at the ballgame, in the supermarket, wherever that we may go.  I am so thankful for Christians that we can be authentic with and that the Holy Spirit will use them not to beat us down, but to help us to grow in Christ. I am thankful that the Apostle Paul said that in our weakness that He is made strong. His grace is sufficient for the forgiveness of sin. His grace is sufficient to help us to not sin. Where we may not be perfect His strength is perfect and He will perfect that which concerns us. Be sure that you have those people that you can be transparent with, and that God will use to help you to go from glory to glory!

 

Let us Pray.

Lord, we know that You have created some things in life for us to enjoy. Forgive us when we don’t glorify You during these opportunities. Help us all to crucify the flesh. Help us all to die daily and to glorify You in whatever we do and wherever we go.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

J.J.  and I thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement in the ministry that God has called us to. 

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

 

PS   For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night.  That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper,  it is on TV 16.

Please pray for the Lord to reach the lost through these broadcasts, and to encourage the faithful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Headrick 

Evangelist 

Real Party Ministry 

P O Box 2302

Hamilton, Alabama  35570

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