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April 3, 2014

April 3, 2014

"You Need a Battle Buddy"

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you.  When a believing person prays, great things happen.”
James 5: 16 NCV

People don’t go to war by themselves.  Fighting alone would be a suicide mission.  You want to have a buddy, a battle buddy, to have your back.

The same is true for us in our spiritual battles.  You can’t go to war against lustful thoughts, dishonesty, addictions or fear all by yourself.  You’re almost doomed to fail if you do so.

If you want to be forgiven God says admit your sin.  Come to Him in your brokenness.  Then take one more step.  Admit it to someone else.  That’s how you begin to find support.

You want to pick a person who will love you unconditionally, accept you completely and pray for you constantly.  You want that person to be the same gender as you are so this doesn’t become a complicated relationship.

In James 5: 16 we hear James encouraging us, “Confess your sins to each other; pray for each other so God can heal you.”  When a believing person prays, great things can happen.

Sin actually functions in a cycle.  You start out asking God for help; He gives you the power to resist it.  Typically, after a while of success, you start getting prideful.  That’s when you will likely fall and the cycle begins again.

You can’t kick that cycle without friends who will pray for you, care for you, encourage you and keep you on track.  When success comes, they’ll help you keep your perspective so your pride stays in check.

That’s one of the reasons that local churches are important.  Yet, even in church it's sometimes hard to develop a friendship.  That’s why we offer Growth groups.  They give you the opportunity to develop friendships that are supportive.

We’ll be signing up for our Growth Groups in just a little while.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to develop a friendship, get the support you need for your life of faith and grow in it through Jesus Christ.

To think you can quit a bad or sinful habit without being honest about it with others is simply a cop-out.  Without the support of others, you’re always more likely to fail.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don