Testimony Tuesday

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)


We learned last Tuesday that faults are sideslips, transgressions, offenses, sins, and trespasses against God. Sometimes we don't confess our faults because we don't know exactly what a fault is; so what exactly are they?

To sideslip is to move, flow, carelessly pass by, or glide over to one side; for instance wavering between what's right and wrong or being enticed to move to one side over another.
Transgressions are violations of a law or command; like choosing not to do something we've been commanded to do; or doing something you're not supposed to do; i.e., breaking the law.
Offenses are snares, traps, scandals; it means causing one to fall or stumble; for example putting someone in a position to do wrong.
Trespasses are unlawful acts that cause injury to a person, property, or rights of another; an intrusion or unintentional error; for instance, overstepping our bounds in people's lives, or using people for our own personal gain.
Sin is to harm, to miss the mark; a bad deed; like pride, racism, envy, domestic violence, anger, laziness, lust, gluttony.

Faults are sneaky, they are continual, they are tools of the devil to keep us off track. We must also recognize that our faults are more than saying, I’m sorry (2 Corinthians 7:10); we must possess a godly sorrow that will lead us to repentance. If we’re not careful we may overlook faults and forget to pray that they be removed from our lives.

Some of us may be thinking, “I don’t have any faults, I haven’t sinned.” Others may choose not to confess our faults at all. Many may believe confessing our faults will only open us up to judgment. We come to tell you that we may not all have the same struggle, but we all have a fault that we still struggle with. Even when we try to get over them, they still try to come back. Can you relate?

Are you still cursing? Do you still doubt? Do you still have fear? Are you still caught up in sex before marriage? Do you still gossip? Are you still tearing others down? Do you still skip worship? Are you still flipping the bird at people? Do you still tear yourself down? Are you still dealing with anger?

If you are in a place of still, then you are caught up in sinful-offensive-sideslipping-trespassing-faults. See, when we acknowledge our faults we recognize just how important it is to pray! Even when they still try to pop up, we pray fervently that God releases us from them. We pray for healing. We pray that we don’t keep falling in the same trap. We pray for others to get loose from their faults.

We don't have to give in to our faults. We can still pray! Once we assess them, we can confess them, and then we can bless Him for delivering us from them! Just like faults keep coming back, we can keep going back to God, fervently, in prayer. 

We praise God this Testimony Tuesday, because we’re aware of our personal faults, we’re not overlooking nor refusing to confess our sideslips, and we're praying for others struggling in their offenses! It's testimony time!

You may fall into a fault today, but will you still pray for God to deliver you?

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