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Take off the Mask

DevotionsTake off the Mask

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 man has great power to prevail.

 

One of the devils main strategy to keep us down in sin is to make us feel confessing our sins is a terrible idea. The devil makes sure we keep wearing masks of sins and guilts, making our lives full of unhappiness and unnecessary delays.

 

One truth you must know as a believer is that you are a legitimate son of God. Sonship is not lost. A son can lose access to his father’s wealth because of Ignorance or disobedience, but a Son can never stop being a Son. The mask we put on when we refuse to confess our sins deprive us of access to the Fathers kingdom. Until the prodigal son removed the mask of sin and guilt he could not access his father’s abundance.

 

The devil struggles so hard to make sure we keep our masks on because he knows Sins survive by keeping them secret.

 

Once sin is exposed its power over a person is lost

 

The devil also knows that when we confess our sins to God and to fellow believers, he (the devil) gets punished and we become justified. Romans 12:11 (And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.)

 

Remember you cannot hide anything from God. As faithful stewards, we must give accounts of all we do. One of such account is to constantly report your failures to God. God is not out to punish you for your sins, He is rather available to deliver you from the consequences of your sins and He comes in to deliver you only when you open up to Him. (Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”).

See also  Those who fear him

 

When you take off the mask you do not lose your crown

 

It is very important we take the bold step of exposing our sins to trusted believers also. This puts the devil to a complete shame because he knows you will certainly be healed! (James 5:16).

 

 

Prayer: 

Lord Jesus confessing my sins to a brother can be so difficult. I pray you reveal to me the mystery behind confessing my sins. Give me the grace to confess my sins to my brother just as you have said, for I know I have victory over the devil. Amen

 

Meditation: 

 

John 13:7-10

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

 

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