Time to Chat

Several conversations lately have been ones of women confessing.  Have you ever shared something that had been gnawing a hole of guilt in the pit of your stomach for weeks, months, even years?  Afterward, there was a huge sense of relief and freedom, right?

It’s refreshing!   It’s the shedding of light into those dark crevices of the soul that brings healing.   Before we can be honest with God or another person, we first are forced to be honest with ourselves and the depravity of our own hearts.

 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked;  Who can know it?  ~Jeremiah 17:9

To share is risky and vulnerable. Cautiously, we take off the mask to be real.  We allow a trustworthy person to delve into the cobwebs of the heart.  It’s like a friend showing up unannounced.  Dishes are piled high, toilets and floors need cleaning, and the dust bunnies are big enough to carry us away.  The natural response is to be mortified that our friend has seen our house in this condition; but we not only let the friend in to see our mess, we invite her in to help clean it and hold us accountable to keep it clean.  THAT’s confession!

Jesus IS our intercessor and of course wants us to confess our sins to Him with a repentant heart.  But He strategically places people in our lives to be His hands, feet, ears, and mouthpiece.

No matter how long ago or how far removed, those sin-cobwebs continue growing and wreak havoc if they aren’t swept out.  If you are consumed by shame or regret, pray and share, and let the healing begin.  No doubt, God’s placed someone trustworthy in your life who can listen and love without passing judgement.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  ~James 5:16

God already knows our hearts better than we do.

I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.  ~Jeremiah 17:10

He knows all of our yuck, yet He chooses to love us anyway.  That’s where grace and forgiveness come into the picture.  Jesus sheds light over our situation that yields life!  He gives freedom!  There’s unexplainable peace!

Let Him in and trust Him to love you, imperfections and all.  If we were perfect, we wouldn’t need Jesus!  We would simply save ourselves.  But Lord knows that’s impossible, so He gave Himself.

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.  ~Proverbs 28:13

6 thoughts on “Time to Chat

  1. Tina says:

    Just being transparent about my past sins, or current convictions, have carved the way for some of my deepest friendships. I have nothing to fear just being ME – broken bits and all! 🙂 Amen.

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      This is true! You make a great point! As we become transparent to share our yuck, we begin healing, and the friendship is taken to a new level of closeness. God has a way of doing that! I love it!

  2. Caroline McGinnis says:

    Love this it is so true and I agree with Mary that we are either in recovery or denial. And that the first step to recovering is to tell the truth no matter how hard it may be. If we are not going to be honest with ourselves first then how are we to be honest with others. It’s like if we don’t love ourselves then how do we love others. but to do any of this we need Christ as our teacher and what a great teacher and leader He is.

  3. Mary says:

    SO true!!! I’m reminded of what Mike has said many times in his messages to the church: “We’re all either in recovery or in denial!” And recovery starts with telling the truth, however ugly it might be — to God, to ourselves and to someone we trust. Just as you point out, it’s what our Father calls us to do.

    What often keeps us from following through is our fear of what WE think others (even others we trust) will think of US. But we need not fear the thoughts or judgments of others when we obey God. Because He loves us “no matter WHAT…,” we can trust Him in the same way, regardless. His plans for us are designed to “prosper [us] and not to harm [us], plans to give [us] hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV). The enemy, on the other hand, would have us remain in the shadows, secretly burdened by our sense of guilt or shame, chained by our fear. If we are ever to “BE the light,” we must first SHINE the light on anything that remains in the dark.

    THANK YOU, Rivera, for ministering to us all as you do, so faithfully. Your message is once again “spot on!”

    Love and blessings to you and yours!!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Thank you Mary! Again, YOUR words minister. “The enemy, on the other hand, would have us remain in the shadows, secretly burdened by our sense of guilt or shame, chained by our fear. If we are ever to “BE the light,” we must first SHINE the light on anything that remains in the dark.”
      So well said (or written)! 🙂 Blessings all over you!

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