Can You Readily ‘Confess Your Faults’ to Someone?

by | Jan 20, 2016 | Purpose & Identity

I love the book of James. It’s my favorite book of the Bible because it gives us so much practical instruction about how to live our lives.

But what I love most about the book of James is that it’s so “in your face.” It lets us know that, even as followers of Christ, we’re not going to have an easy life and that there are certain things that are mandated of us.

One of my favorite passages is James 5:16, which says, “Confess your faults to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much” (MEV).

Confess your faults to one another. That’s a tough one, isn’t it? But why would something like that be so difficult if the love of Christ is in us?

Could it be we’ve built a wall of invulnerability around us, that we don’t want to others to see we’re not perfect? Could it be we don’t want people to think we are weak and need help at times?

Fellow Christ follower, that’s exactly where Satan wants you, living in vain conceit and believing you can solve all of your own problems. He wants you isolated and unconnected to keep you in a turbid state. “He who separates himself seeks his own desire; he seeks and quarrels against all wisdom” (Prov. 18:1).

After all, who needs advice from others? It’s your life, right?

Pastor Ed Garvin at Calvary Assembly in Orlando put it best in a recent sermon when he said: “Distance and rigidity are greatest in the church. The enemy knows how powerful if the church and its members became honest, transparent and open with each other. … God wants you to live in breakthrough, not in insecurity and bondage.”

You see vulnerability in some great servants of God in the Bible. Moses suffered from a speech impediment (Ex. 4:10); Elijah feared Jezebel so much so that he fled to escape her (1 Kin. 19:3); and Peter had a huge problem with anger. Those shortcomings didn’t prevent them from obeying God and doing His will.  

So, instead of “so-called believers” confessing their faults to one another, it seems that all we want to do is bicker, backbite and nit-pick at each other. You can see it all over the Internet. In fact, my last two newsletters are a prime example.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about “touching God’s anointed.” A good subject, for sure, and it received more than 2,400 shares on our charismamag.com page. But many of the comments were contentious, mean-spirited and selfish instead of godly. Many seemed hell-bent on tearing me and others down.

Then there was last week’s column, in which I asked if there is a spiritual gap in your life. That one received 115 shares. I wonder why. Could it be that no one wanted to be transparent, to be vulnerable or to talk show about personal weaknesses? It kind of shows where we’re at as Christians and why the world has a certain perception about us, doesn’t it?

I know very well that I need help every day to be a better person, to be a better Christian. I always try to be as transparent as I can. God’s Word says I should. And I’m not talking about, “Bless me Father, for I have sinned.” I grew up in the Catholic Church, by the way.

I’m not suggesting that Christ followers should get on message boards and reveal their entire lives to everyone out in the open. We certainly need to use discretion and not spread palaver.

But we all have different life experiences, and God can use those experiences to encourage others. Perhaps you’ve been through trials and tribulations where God revealed something in His Word or through a friend that benefited you. Wouldn’t you want to share that with other believers?  

It is crucial for those mature in their relationship with God to connect with callow Christians. If you feel as if you can’t trust anyone at your own church with your problems (which, unfortunately is the case many times), there are many outside organizations that can help if you need to talk and need spiritual counseling.

Through my work here at Charisma Media, I’ve gained many connections and can point you in the right direction. Please feel free to write me at shawn.akers@charismamedia.com. Please, don’t try to work it out yourself. Pray that God will send you someone who can help. He will always be faithful and expedient to answer that type of prayer.

If you’ve made mistakes, messed up and are struggling with something, keep in mind that everybody does those things. You’re not alone, and the like-minded want to help you. Help yourself by being transparent.

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles (Ps. 34:17).

And as I always like to say, “there is that.” {eoa}

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Franklin Graham Issues Stern Warning: ‘Judgment is Coming’

Franklin Graham Issues Stern Warning: ‘Judgment is Coming’

Evangelist Franklin Graham delivered powerful remarks before Friday's 50th annual March For Life event, warning "judgment is coming" and urging Christians to "lift up" Jesus' name to reach a lost world. Graham, who heads the Christian relief organization Samaritan's...

Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’

Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy: ‘We’re Here to Glorify God’

Avid Chick-fil-A fans were recently served up yet another reason to love the iconic fast-food brand, as former CEO Dan Cathy spoke in-depth about the company's quest to "glorify God." Cathy, now chair of the board after his son Andrew Truett Cathy became CEO in 2021,...

Why Christians Need to Declare a ‘No Competition Zone’

Why Christians Need to Declare a ‘No Competition Zone’

We’re in the height of sports competition time around the world, aren’t we? In the United States we are getting all ramped up towards the Super Bowl. And then in the basketball world, it’s March Madness. Then somewhere along the way, it’s The Master’s golf tournament,...

How to Enter Heaven’s Courtroom For Spiritual Warfare

How to Enter Heaven’s Courtroom For Spiritual Warfare

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the second of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

Prophecy: A Year of Revival, Prosperity and Taking the Land

Prophecy: A Year of Revival, Prosperity and Taking the Land

As we have already entered into 2023, here are some prophetic thoughts about this year. This year has clearly been marked by the Lord as a time to prosper, to take back land and to see His glory. As we fully embrace a kingdom mindset, we will see these things take...

RECENT ARTICLES

Troy Black Shares A Message to Help You Fight For Faith Again

Young, old, rich or poor—nobody is immune to the feeling of brokenness. Jesus' life, death and resurrection on earth is a constant reminder that death no longer has a sting. Fear and hopelessness...
Kevin Sorbo’s Transformative Encounter as a Teen with Billy Graham

Kevin Sorbo’s Transformative Encounter as a Teen with Billy Graham

Actor Kevin Sorbo is known today for his roles in faith-based movies, like "God's Not Dead" and "Left Behind," but the iconic "Hercules" star's Christian roots took form at an early age. Sorbo recently told CBN's "Faith vs. Culture" he first read the prophetic book of...

7 Forms of Functional Cessationism

7 Forms of Functional Cessationism

In this article, cessationism refers to the doctrine, practice or belief that the ascension ministry gifts and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit ceased with the early church and do not function in the present church age (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 12: 4-11). The...

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

We all have the same amount of time—four hours a day, seven days a week. And the longer I live, the more I discover that time is too valuable for us to waste any of it. That’s why it is so important that we learn to live on purpose, for a purpose. The truth is if you...

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the first of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

Monday night, Jan. 2, 2023, God drew our nation to prayer as Bills player Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest on live tv. Could this have been the largest spontaneous prayer meeting in the history of our nation—beginning with players on the field, spreading to...

Pin It on Pinterest