Tuesday, January 12, 2016

7 ways HONESTY can revive your Christian walk.

1. You can triumph over your trials.

When you are honest, you defend righteousness. On the contrary, standing up for unrighteousness means loving your life. The bible teaches us not to love our lives or renounce our faith even when faced with death.

So we certainly shouldn't love our lives when we, well...aren't faced with death.

And again, loving your life is standing up for unrighteousness, which is dishonesty.

When we honestly share our stories, we are able to defeat our biggest obstacles. The areas where we struggle most are conquered by the blood of Jesus and our willingness to testify of His goodness. We boast in our weakness, to glorify His strength.

And it doesn't matter how you struggle. We all have issues.

And they overcame and conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, for they did not love their life and renounce their faith even when faced with death. (Revelations 12:11 AMP)

2. You can be healed. 

When we admit our sins and pray for each other, our deepest wounds are healed. We are restored from the pain, suffering, heartbreak and tormenting that would otherwise cloud our minds and dictate our entire lives.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16 ESV)

3. It simplifies things.

When you're always blaming someone else, the situation becomes more complicated. Admitting our problems is a sure way to locate the root of the issue. It's simple.

For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
(2 Corinthians 1:12 ESV) 

4. You don't have to find the words to say. 

Honesty is the only language the Holy Spirit speaks. When you're not being truthful, you're not being used by God. 

When you create an environment for Him, He will guide you. The key is allowing Him to reveal Himself in you and through you.

For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10:20 ESV) 

5. You get to know Jesus. 

When you identify what you're going through, you can identify what Jesus went through. Jesus gave us irrefutable evidence to prove we have an escape route for every temptation we face, so we do not have to keep falling into the same sin.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but one who in every aspect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15 ESV)

6. Honesty leads to more honesty.

I remember learning as a kid that the problem with telling a lie is that you have to tell another one. When you're honest, the truth will guide you. You will not be destroyed by the consequences of lying.

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. (Proverbs 11:3 ESV)

7. You will appreciate people more. 

Has someone ever told you what they're struggling with and you gain a whole new love for them? 

You probably never would have guessed if they didn't share their shortcomings with you. We all fall short of the glory of God and we come in a wide array of dysfunctions. Our unique weaknesses are what makes us useful to one another.

Let's refuse to live in fear of telling the truth. 
ALL TOGETHER NOW! (But differently.)

Therefore having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:25 ESV)

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