Healing That Comes Through Confession – Celebrate Recovery
by: Stephanie Rasbach | June 28, 2017
Have you ever read a scripture and wondered how it really applies to your life? Well, for me, this was one of those scriptures:
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
I understood the words but didn’t know how I would receive healing – what healing would look like or what I needed to do to receive it.
At Celebrate Recovery, I’ve learned in life that every decision made is a “yes” to one thing while a “no” to others. So in making decisions, there are always things we gain and things we lose. So it is when we decide to share (confess) our sins to another person.
Confessing our sins to another allows us to lose/stop 4 things and gain 3 things.
4 Things You Lose
1. You lose living in isolation from others because in sharing (confessing) your sins, you have invited a person you trust to walk life along side you. You have given them permission to speak into your life. Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV – “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
2. You lose an attitude of un-forgiveness as you experience forgiveness from God and another person which allows you to love others more. Luke 7:47 HCSB “Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven, and that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” You can only give to others what you have already received.
3. You lose our prideful attitude. Proverbs 16:18 NIV “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” James 4:10 NIV “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:6b ESV “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” When you willingly seek God, you naturally have a decrease in pride and increase in humility which makes you moldable and usable by God.
4. You stop living in denial. When you’re honest about your life, shortcomings and all with a safe person, you can quit living in a fake reality that you made for yourself and are now able to live life on God’s terms – not your own. Luke 8:17 “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Living an honest life is a transparent one and facing and confessing your sins leaves nothing to hide.
3 Things You Gain
1. You receive healing as promised in Scripture. Isaiah 53:4-5 ESV “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.” The healing you receive can be physical, emotional, financial or relational. Nothing is too small or too difficult for God.
2. Your chains are broken and you can now live in freedom! Psalm 107:14 NIV “He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness and broke away their chains.” John 8:36 “So if the Son set you free, you will be free indeed.” Looking for freedom anywhere else is false freedom. Only in Christ can you be truly free!
3. You gain the support that you were created for. Even in the beginning, God knew it was not good for man to be alone and so He created a partner for Adam in Eve. Genesis 2:18 NLT “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”” This was just the beginning and an example of your need for relationship and support that you can only receive from those you love and who love you.
So, if you need help building a support system or want to learn more about confessing your sins to another to receive healing, check out Celebrate Recovery at 6:30pm every Tuesday at First Baptist Orlando and begin your journey toward growth and healing in a safe community. The hardest step is the first one – walking through the doors for the first time. We look forward to being a part of your growth and healing journey.
Author: Stephanie Rasbach | Celebrate Recovery Coordinator