Friday, July 27, 2012



When I was a brand new Christian God stirred me up to start a fellowship in our Army Barracks.  We went door to door in the three floor barracks and invited everyone.  The Day Room was cleared and we circled the chairs.  My friend Kathy would come and play "It Only Takes a Spark to get a Fire Going."  It was the one song she knew.  Then we would go around the circle and confess our sins, and pray for one another.  James 5:16 was the only verse we knew for a model of ministry.  We were just young and foolish enough to believe it.

James 5:16 (MSG)
16 Make this your common practice:
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other
so that you can live together whole and healed.
The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

We would go around the circle and soldiers would confess.  One shared about drugs, another about alcohol, and another about his latest illicit affair.  One horrific story of debauchery followed the next.  Men wept while their friends prayed.  One night the Army Chaplain came to see what we were doing.  He stood with his mouth open as men honestly shared the deepest sins of their heart with one another.  This was way outside his normal military realm of experience.

The amazing thing is that confession opened the door to relationship.
Relationship opened the door to encouragement and accountability.
Encouragement and accountability loosed the fruit of transformation.

The hardest thing was to open up and let it out.  The devil can hold us in bondage and beat us up with our secrets.  Our secrets separate us from the rest of the human race and are the seedbed for feelings of shame, guilt, and unworthiness.  When our sins see the light of day in the presence of trusted brothers and sisters they lose their power!  The hardest thing is to open up, and let it out!

God gave us a wonderfully progressive promise through James.

Confession to Others + Prayer = Healing and Wholeness

I pray you open your heart and mouth today and begin enjoying the liberating power of freedom through confession and prayer.  Be brave and honest.  Open your heart to someone you trust.  Let their love and prayers lift you to the throne of grace where true healing and transformaion take place!

Your Brother

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