ODM DAILY 20 August 2022 – LIVING WITHOUT DIRTY SECRETS (GUILT & FEAR)!
TOPIC: LIVING WITHOUT DIRTY SECRETS (GUILT & FEAR)!
A policewoman found herself having to decide whether to arrest her best friend’s son for a terrible crime. The mom was trying to love her son by keeping him out of juvenile detention, or prison. She was pleading with her friend not to effect the arrest!
But if she had succeeded, I’m not convinced that the young man’s life would have gone well. He would have been harbouring the guilt of this dirty secret for ages. He would be constantly remembering what a terrible thing he did; he would be always afraid of someone finding out his secret, he would have to live in hiding not being able to truly confide in another or be fully transparent to friends, he would likely act out his guilt and shame through addiction, depression, or by fully giving in to evil.
When we protect others or ourselves from consequences and we refuse to confront bad behavior, we often unintentionally curse them or our lives to never get resolution or growth from our actions. On the other hand, if the policewoman were to arrest the son and bring the son into juvenile detention, then there is no more secret.
There’s no more hiding. The Holy Ghost wants you to PRAYERFULLY CONFIDE in someone that DIRTY SECRET OF YOUR LIFE WHICH IS GIVING YOU GUILT AND PAIN (Do so only to someone you think will not turn it into mockery against you). Today’s scripture says Vs. 16 says, “Confess 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.” In the sight of God, we are all forgiven sinners! Trouble is that some men consider themselves less sinful than others or holier than others. Hear Judah Smith: “Nowhere in the Bible, however, do we find God distinguishing between levels of sin. God doesn’t share our rating system.
To him, all sin is equally evil, and all sinners are equally lovable.” Wow! So confess, forsake that sin and make peace secretly with God but if you must, then talk to someone! Don’t live in guilt! ONLINE – “MORNING FIRE with Bishop Chris” – Today 7am (Nigeria time) via Facebook & Youtube.
PRAYER POINTS:Take Song 2: Higher ground… 1. In your own words, pray about today’s word as led now.
2. Lord, I refuse to live in GUILT or FEAR! I confess the following sins to You now (mention them).
3. NOBODY is better than me! I refuse to live in fear and self condemnation! I receive grace to live right and live pure!
4. 1 John 1: 9 – I confess my sins before God, He has forgiven me according to His Word and I am determined to forsake them. Therefore, Satan, carry your loads of guilt and fear out of my life NOW!!!
5. Pray in Tongues and declare that YOU ARE FREE from guilt and pain!