originally written in 2009 for All Saints Church
We don’t usually fall into sin – we jump. In fact, we often take a step back so we can get a running start.
Pastor Arron Chambers
Remember Who You Are
“You are such a good Christian. I know you will do the right thing. You’d never sin.” If I hear that one more time I’m going to scream! Jesus Christ said, “There is only One who is good.” (Matt. 19:17) I can personally tell you, that I’m not the “One.” If Jesus didn’t even consider Himself to be good why would anybody think that we as humans can be good enough to do the right thing?
I stand before you a “Sinner.” I’ve sinned more than many and less than some, but there is no getting around it: I am a Sinner. I’d like to tell you that I’m one of the rare ones who simply falls into sin on occasion. Unfortunately, truth be told, I’ve walked into sin. Jumped into sin. And yes, even stepped back to get a running start into sin.
There was a time, not long ago, that I would never have admitted that I was a sinner – an imperfect human being. I would have zealously hidden that piece of information in my heart. For years I desperately buried my sin and imperfections from prying eyes. If no one could see them then they weren’t real was my logic. Out of sight the wounds, from my sins, began to fester infecting me from the inside out. My insides burned from the toxicity of my hidden sins. My refusal to reveal my sin to others made me sick. I think that the stress from all the sins, secrets, and imperfections that I had stuffed inside my heart played a major role in my having a Stroke at the age of 32. I had become toxic to myself and my body revolted. God did not intend for us to carry our burdens all by ourselves. That is why He sent Jesus!
James 5:16 reveals what happens when we open up about our sins and imperfections: “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
DISCLAIMER: I am not advocating that you stand up in the middle of the Healing Service (or any other Church service, for that matter) and confess your sins and imperfections to the entire congregation. James wrote that Scripture to the New Testament churches which consisted of small intimate gatherings of friends and family. This allowed and encouraged confession between friends. During the times that we live in, it is more appropriate to make a confession to your Clergy person, a trained Prayer (Lay) Minister, or a trusted Bible Study Group. We need a safe place where we can be truly open and honest about what we have done and are doing.
Confession can be seen as a scary thing. Where people think that once those words of confession have been let loose from your mouth there is no taking them back. You can’t gulp your confession back down and hope that the other person will forget that you ever told them. Once you confess that’s the end. It’s all over.
Wrong! That is a skewed perception of the freedom that is inherent in confession. The awareness of our toxic insides – that leads to the admission of our sins, secrets, and imperfections – is actually a beginning! It is the beginning of the healing that Jesus wants to do in our lives.
Jesus healed me when I confessed my sins, secrets, and imperfections to a trained Prayer Minister during Inner Healing appointments. I still stand before you (on this side of eternity) as a sinner, but through Jesus I can stand as a Forgiven Sinner. Set free from my sins, secrets, and imperfections – made whole through our Healer!
I encourage you to take the first step, with me, towards your own “beginning.” Jesus is ready and waiting for you!
Until next time blessings and healing