Our SECRETS will lead to our DEATH

I came across a blog this morning on why accountability in the church is so unpopular and two of the big reason that stood out to me was: one, Christians like their privacy and two, Christians have experienced unhelpful accountability. Looking back at my life one of the major keys that helped me come out of my addiction was accountability. In order for someone to get help with their struggle they have to take the first step of telling someone they are struggling. This is the hardest step for someone to take, but it is the first step to freedom and having victory over our sins. For a lot of people they stop there, and don’t get everything out into the open. I once heard someone say, “Our sickness is a result of our secrets.” I cannot tell you how freeing it is to have all of your sins out on the table and confess them with another believer. James 5: 16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” Confessing our sins is tired directly into our healing, and God uses others to help us in our sanctification (the gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Spirit by which God purifies the sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God, and enables him to perform good works) to become more like Christ. The deep secrets of our heart will continue to kill us unless we get our secrets out into the light and confess them with another believer. Accountability done right is very freeing; accountability done wrong is very hurtful. I’ve been on both sides of the fence with accountability done right and wrong. How bad do you really want to deal with your sin? If you’re ok with your sin, just keep confessing it to God, He will forgive you, but if you want to deal with your sin, and walk in victory, confess it to someone else. When you have a life were you have no secrets, you can live in freedom, and you strike a major blow to the enemy. Accountability done right is when you confess your sins to someone, they point you right back to the Gospel, to God’s grace, they don’t condemned you or shame you. They shouldn’t make you feel guilty, but love you and pray for you. I have a couple of guys in my life, who know my story, and I know their story, and I don’t even want to think where I would be if they were not in my life. I cannot wear a mask with them; I cannot fake it with them, because they know me to well. They can just look at me and know something’s off with me. This comes with years of getting to know them on a deeper level, and they knowing me, and us asking each other the hard questions. What secrets are you holding onto so tightly, because you are scared of letting someone in? Open up your heart to someone and walk into the healing of confession and accountability. Don’t let your secrets kill you.

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