Sin can be embarrassing. There are things you do that you just don’t want anyone to know about.
You create a boundary that holds in sin. You believe it is safe. You believe it is secret. No one knows.
God knows. His word tells you what to do with it.
James 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.
God says you shouldn’t bind yourself to that sin but loose yourself from it.
The confession of sin is one of the hardest acts you will ever do. I know because I have done it before. I discovered that God’s promise of healing far outweighed my fear of embarrassment.
One other thing I’ve noticed. Confession of sin will loosen others to also confess.
Don’t keep things to yourself – no matter how embarrassing.
If your marriage is haven’t problems share it with your church. If you’re addicted to porn, it’s embarrassing but confess and start healing. If you can’t control your mouth then confess it and start healing.
I know this may step on some toes but one thing I just don’t understand is the unspoken prayer request. In my opinion it sounds like something embarrassing. I’m not saying just blurt it out. Use some discretion and get some healing.
Abba, Your word is healing. Following all that You say is meant to heal and complete me. Teach me Your ways, in Jesus name, YES&AMEN
The lesson at church camp was about boundaries. It’s a subject that touches the youngest to the oldest. Each of us has a boundary.
One teacher put “Caution” tape around the seats where the class would be held. The boys stood around and looked at the tape and tried to decide what to do.
Finally one boy lifted the tape, went under it, and sat down. Another boy followed suit. And another and another until they were all sitting down.
Prov 22:28 Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.
That’s the way it continues to be with God’s word – it has given boundaries that should not be crossed and slowly, one by one, they have been.
The line has been crossed when it comes to the abortion, same sex marriage, and the respect of God.
Once the boundary has been crossed or moved it is extremely difficult to return.
Do not cross the boundaries Father has given. Others will but you must keep yourself from doing it. When you stand before God and give your account, He isn’t going to accept the excuse that everyone else was doing it.
That didn’t work with your parents – it won’t work with Him either.
Abba, help me to see the boundaries You have given and not cross them. Give me the strength to encourage others to stay also. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
Isa 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
As great as the service with no lights was – the next night was even better.
Pastor Todd expounded and explained the word of God to the simplest degree. The Holy Spirit moved and reasoned with everyone in the worship center. The result was a 45-minute altar call!
I honestly have never seen so many teenage boys and girls crying in my life. They brought their friends to the altar, hugged each other, and prayed.
Todd offered the mic to anyone that had a testimony.
I listened as kids cried and shared their hurts and pains – divorces, the death of a parent, and the concern over a friend.
I learned that God’s grace and power does not run out or run low.
His promise to dismiss sin and replace it with forgiveness and love does not run out.
God’s love and grace did not run out with the end of church camp. Both stand ready today to change your life!
Come reason with God and listen to what He has to say to you. Find the forgiveness you need to make your sinful life as white as snow!
Abba, Your grace and love are addicting. I need it every day! I need the cleansing every day. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
On Wednesday night at church camp a storm rolled in just as the preaching started. The lights flashed once and a few moments later went out completely.
It didn’t take long for 455 people to get noisy in the near pitch black room. Some were a little disconcerted about what to do. Others were a bit nervous because of the dark.
The speaker calmed everyone and gave many something to do – get out your cell phones and turn on the light.
A majority of the congregation had a cell phone and did just that. It was one of the most awesome services I have ever witnessed.
Alter call brought many forward to pray and seek God.
It is written let your light so shine before men, Matt 5:16
Each born-again believer has the Light inside them – a light that needs to shine in the darkness of this world.
Your Light drives away darkness and calms the fear of those that see it.
Share the Light of God’s word with someone today!
Abba, I will let my light shine today. In Jesus’ name, YES&AMEN
Today’s devo comes to you from Daniel Springs church camp in Gary, Texas.
When something goes wrong and you get the blame, don’t you feel like running away or crawling into a hole and pulling the dirt over the top of you?
There are many times I’d like to run away and hide.
Gen 16:6 And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence.
Perhaps Sarai thought this would get rid of her mistake if she caused Hagar to run away. So she was very mean to her.
Hagar ran away, taking Ishmael with her. Now Sarai doesn’t have to look at them. The boy is not around for Abram to be a father to, and the problem is solved.
But God found Hagar and sent her back!
You cannot run away and hide from your problems or from God. You cannot run away from sin.
In Eden, Adam ate from the forbidden tree. He then tried to hide from God. It didn’t work.
Confession is the only remedy for sin.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Abba, I have made many mistakes in my life. You sent Your Son to pay for my mistakes. I confess them and You have cleansed and forgiven me, in Jesus name, YES&AMEN
Today’s devo is coming to you from Daniel Springs church camp.
Something I’ve noticed is that people like to blame others for their mistakes. I’ve especially notice it in today’s youth.
To blame someone else is an attempt to keep you from making a mistake. But it is a bigger mistake than the original. In fact, now you have made two mistakes.
Gen 16: 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me.”
Abram can be accused of going into Hagar so the she would conceive but that was only at Sarai’s request.
Your sin cannot be blamed on someone else. This tactic was first used in Eden when Adam blamed God and Eve for his mistake.
Eve then blamed the serpent.
The serpent had no one else to blame.
It is written that we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Cor 5:10
You can blame all you like but there is no one to blame but yourself.
When you accept Jesus as your Savior, He takes all the blame on Himself for you.
That is a great feeling knowing that in Christ and before God I am blameless for my mistakes.
In Jesus name, accept the Lord as Savior. YES&AMEN
The problem with mistakes is you do not know the entire consequence of what will happen.
You and I don’t have the Godly foresight to see what the future of a single action can do.
Gen 16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me.”
Though Sarai’s intention was to give herself a child, the result of her action gave her a wild man, who would be against every man and every man’s hand against him. (Gen 16:12)
You will often lose sight of the future in a moment of sin. Sin is able to camouflage the consequences. Sin will also torment future generations.
In the case of Abram and Sarai, when they had a child of their own (Isaac) the son of Hagar (Ishmael) made fun of him and harassed him.
I believe in generational curses.
The lifestyle you set up and live today will affect your children. From there it will affect your grandchildren; and on and on.
You can turn the tide by proclaiming Jesus as Lord of yourself and your entire household.
Don’t let a single mistake ruin your future. Look to God in Jesus name, YES&AMEN