How to Confess Your SinsJames 5:16Confess 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.” (KJV)

If you want to know how to confess your sins, it is as easy as confessing your faults.  I will give you examples of how this works.

But first, I would like to present a different way of looking at what we consider sin is.  We all have faults.  However, we don’t really look at faults as sin.  We look at them as things we need to improve on. This is true, but it doesn’t make us realize that our faults are sin and so we won’t recognize the need to confess them.

The bible talks about sins of “omission” and sins of “commission.”  Omission being sin we commit without trying to or even without knowing it.  I am not talking about addictions.  These are not sins of omission.  Sins of commission we know it is wrong to do, but consciously make  choice that this is what we plan to do.  Sins of commission have to do with what you know.

The bible tells us if we truly know God, we won’t live a life of sin.  Sure, we will still have faults.  But this is why we pray daily to be forgiven.  And we have to practice forgiving others if we want to be forgiven.

In addition to confessing our sins to God, the bible also instructs us to confess our faults to each other so that we can be healed.  What do you recognize in your life as a fault today?  Then, you can go to God and confess that to him.

Did you also know that you can be in an ordinary conversation talking to someone about what you would like to improve about you?  This is confession your fault.  But it is good to share your faults only with someone who can provide you with proper guidance or encouragement for getting better.

I wanted to start eating right everyday to improve my health.  I also wanted to start a routine exercise.  I told my daughter about it.  Now she makes sure I am staying on track by challenging me and regularly asking questions about what I have eaten for the day.

Confessing your faults to others, gets things out in the open and opens up the opportunity for others to help you.  You then have a support system.

If you have financial problems because of your spending habits, you can talk to someone who is good at managing money and let them know that you would like to be better.  They can help you by putting a plan in place for you to follow and you have to cooperate.

If you have emotional issues or personality conflicts with people, you can confess that issue to someone close to you and the can help you get over those things.

The key to confessing your faults is confessing to the right person or people.  You want to talk to someone who genuinely cares about your well being and has the right knowledge to help you get better.  Sometimes people who love us don’t have the answers and so the answers we get are inaccurate and don’t benefit us.  This is why I stress this.

Lastly, even if you don’t know who to talk to and your desire is to get better, you can Pray to God and ask Him to lead you to the right person or information that will help you.

If you are willing to know the things that are wrong and that are hindering you in your life, God will show you if you allow him.

 

Dealing With Peer Pressure Effectively

Dealing With Peer PressureWe are all dealing with peer pressure every day.  We usually think about peer pressure as teenage peer pressure or pressure from a particular group of people to get a person to act a certain way or do a certain thing.  Our society is built on a foundation of peer pressure that is causing people to have mental and medical conditions.  In the words of one man, People “spend money they don’t have to impress people they don’t like.”  It’s not an exact quote.  Peer Pressure is a real force that drives real action but did you know that we don’t have to give in to its influences?

The media says we should live our lives “this way” or “that way” or that we have to have “this” be “this” or wear “that.”  At one point the media said we all have to be skinny, have long straight hair as a woman to be beautiful, then they said it’s okay to be big.  If I write a book and a lot of people know about it, then I must be an expert.  What is sad is that we believe and buy nearly everything the media says whether we admit it or not.

We are told what holidays to celebrate and how to celebrate them . . . even to the point of what type of education is best or acceptable. We determine what is good or bad, valuable or invaluable by our attitudes and esteem toward a given thing.

At one point, being African American, I would never have worn my hair any other way than “straight” and long.  When short straight hair cuts came in style, I cut my hair and wore a nice, straight style and received many compliments.  We even let society tell us what kind of man or woman to date.  This is how we came up with socio-economic status.  And it does have its place within proper perspectives, but I say most of us are mentally controlled by “status quos” and don’t think for ourselves.  We don’t even read for ourselves.

We are told today that if we are not on Facebook or Twitter, our businesses will not be successful.  So everyone has bought in. It used to be MySpace.  There will be new technology coming out and we will all move to it as soon as they tell us to.  You have to ask yourself, “How did businesses become successful before Facebook and Twitter?”  We as a society determine what is valid as a whole using the media as our guide and we agree upon it to make it a norm.  Allow your opinions to be those you formulate on your own and not because  everyone else is doing it.

Tips for dealing with peer pressure:

Let’s just take some time and think for a moment . . . who created books before there ever were any?  Men. How did they know to create the books?  Who told them to?  They were inspired with an idea.  They shared it with those around them and it caught on.  Just because an idea you have has never been done before doesn’t mean it won’t work.  Computers and most major technology, especially the Internet had to have buy-in from the people.

Peer pressure is all about influence. Who is doing the influencing?  Why are they able to influence people?  We all have equal opportunity to influence.  You can influence people by not being influenced.  It is said that people with the most money have the most influence. You know why?  It is because people give them and their money that power.  That is not real influence.  Once you run out of money, you run out of influence if that is the case.  My family lived at one point in a really bad neighborhood influenced by heavy drugs and alcohol, yet we chose not to be involved as pre-teens and teenagers.

Peer pressure is all about how you think about what other people think, have thought or will think about you. You have to not care.  Not in a bad way.  It is truly freedom to be able to live by your own values and not be concerned about what people will say about you.  When we get to this point, we are free.  This takes a great deal of stress off of us.

Lastly, you have to value yourself so much that it doesn’t matter who it is, if it is wrong, it’s wrong and you don’t have to go along with it. Dealing with peer pressure involves the ability to think properly about situations and put them in the right perspective.

The Need Pray For Your Pastor

Pray For Your PastorNever underestimate the value of praying for pastors.  Pastors are people, too.  It is not just a cliche.’  During the past recent years, I’ve learned the most I ever learned about praying.  I know that prayer works in any situation if you allow it to. Read more

Powerful Affirmations For Success

Affirmations For SuccessUse these affirmations for success daily by reading and reciting them to yourself.  There really is Power in your tongue and extreme power when we say the right things.  These are bible scriptures that I took and personalized for daily devotion and thought I’d share them with you.

 

Joshua 1:8 I meditate the word day and night. I read it, I study it, speak it, I hear it, confess it and obey it and I make my way prosperous by doing so.

Matthew 6:33 I seek first the will of God and what He requires of me and all of my needs are met.

Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.  I think only good thoughts.  I say only what agrees with the word of God because I meditate on what is right.

Deuteronomy 8 The blessing is on me.  I don’t work for the blessing.

James 3:2 I am perfect because I say the right things.  I control my whole being and things around me by what comes out of my mouth.  God’s word comes out of my mouth.

2 Peter 1:3 Jesus put me in position to receive my inheritance.  I have everything I need to live a life of Godliness so that I can be generous on every ocassion.

Romans 5:17 I have an abundance of grace through Jesus, Christ.
Acts 6:15God’s glory transforms me into His likeness.  I reflect the Glory of God.  My face looks like that of an angel.

Ezekiel 16:7 I grow like a healthy plant, strong and tall.  My body is well formed.  My hair grown fully.  I am dressed with the finest clothes and jewelry, my skin is soft and silky.  I wear the finest materials fit for a queen.  My beauty is dazzling.

Matthew 17:20 Because I have faith like a mustard seed, I speak and command troubles to be cursed from their root causes and they obey.

Galatians 3:13-14 I have been redeemed from the curse of the law.  I walk by faith and receive my inheritance.

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord makes me rich without sorrow.

Deuteronomy 8 I am blessed – the anointing of God through which divine favor flowsI am blessed – I have the power to produce and reproduceI am blessed – I am redeemed from the curse of the law

Genesis 2:4-19 God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it and He gave me dominion and authority over all things.

Deuteronomy 8:18 It is God who gives me the power to get wealth and by that power I command my daily efforts to prosper.  My soul prospers.  My spirit prospers.  And no weapons formed against me prosper.  By that power, I operate in my gifts and callings.  By that power, I speak to mountains and they obey

Genesis 1:27 Because I am created like God and in His image.  I am like Him.

Psalms 82:6 I am a God and I operate like God.  I speak like God.  I talk like God.  I look like God.  I say what God says and I get the results that God gets.

 

Proverbs 18:21 I have the power of life in my tongue.  And I use that power to speak life to everything around me.  Life to my bank accounts, life to my body, life to my family and to my household and everything that concerns me.

3 John 2 God wants me healthy and He wants me rich.

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