Confessing the Right Sin - Fridays dose - October 14th 2011

Fridays dose - October 14th 2011 

Confessing the Right Sin

"Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment" - (Proverbs 12:19, NIV). 

Years ago I remember reading a simple but profound statement that
Cecil Osborne made. He said, "When we are hiding a deeper sin or
fault we tend to confess a lesser one all the more vigorously [or
someone else's]."

For instance, an old friend had been trying to overcome his smoking
habit for twenty years without success. He had been judged for this
by folk in his church for as many years. He had also confessed his
problem endlessly and prayed for deliverance, but no matter what he did, he just couldn't beat the habit.

When he shared his struggle with me I simply asked him, "Why do you need to smoke?"

He looked at me with a blank look as if to say, "Are you crazy, what
are you talking about? I don't need this problem."

He then mumbled a few incoherent words, turned around and walked away. He died a few years later of cancer!

My friend's smoking wasn't the real problem. It was the fruit of a
deeper root. He was confessing the wrong sin. True, his addiction to
tobacco was a problem that needed to be resolved, but it was the
symptom of a deeper problem that, it seems, he didn't want to look at.

The same is true of all addictive behaviors and many of our negative
and sinful actions. We need to be ruthlessly honest with ourselves,
to at least one safe person who won't judge or put us down, and to
God, and admit and confess not only the symptomsbut the causes behind them. We may need to ask God to give us the courage to face these causes and lead us to the help, support, and recovery we need to overcome them. This is the kind of praying that God loves to answer.

As his Word, the Bible, says, "The Lord is near to all who call on
him, to all who call on him in truth." - Psalm 145:18 (NIV).

Prayer: "Eternal Father in Heaven, please give me the courage to
face, see and resolve all the causes behind any symptoms in my life
whether they be behavioral, physical, emotional or spiritual. Help me to find a safe, trusted friend to confess these to. And lead me to
the help I need to overcome. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you all.
Courtesy: Daily Dose Team