Are you a Thief?

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

So I am having a conversation with a friend of mine yesterday and I hear something that I just have to share.  He was telling me a story of a conversation he had with a friend of his about being robbed.  Not in the way that you are probably thinking.  We all do it …….. We steal from our brother or sister.  You think …. What does that look like?  Simple,   the scenario goes like this.   You sin and you keep it to yourself.  (You’re only as sick as your secrets)  You meet with your brother and he says, how are you doing is something wrong?  You say, nothing is wrong we are all good (poser) what you have done is several things.  You have robbed your brother of the opportunity to bless you with his ear or bless you with comfort or bless you with wisdom.  Most of all you have robbed him of the opportunity to pray for you so you may be healed.    Get the picture?  By keeping your stuff to yourself you have In essence stole from your friend and gave to the enemy.  You have given the enemy something that he can hold over your head.  Wouldn’t you rather steal from the enemy and give to your brother?

So confess!  Pray! Be healed!  Allow your friend to bless you,   don’t steal from him.

James 5:16-18 Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

 

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