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Goodbye Lies, Hello LIFE

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

– James 5:16 (NIV)

Have you ever heard this lie resonate in your heart and thinking? The lie that says, “If I tell anyone this one thing, they may not love me or like me anymore.” Everything inside us screams “No! Don’t do it. Don’t tell anyone what is hidden on the inside of your heart or you just might die.”

The enemy can be crafty that way can’t he? The enemy is deceitful. He can convince us that if we keep it inside and don’t allow anyone to hear or see that hidden secret from our past, we will be much better off. The truth is, the damage has already been done. The longer I hide it the worse it gets.

Healing can only take place once we say goodbye to the old secrets that have slowly rotted us from the inside out. Like the old saying says, “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” When we say goodbye to the destructive life-taking secrets from our past, our Father rewards us with a life-giving and loving embrace. He says, “My child, I love you just the same.”

In recovery, healing takes place when we say goodbye to the sick life that was riddled with secrets from a broken past. Then our Father, who has our name written in the palm of his mighty hand, takes hold of our broken heart and begins the healing process. As the book of James reminds us, we confess the secrets “so that” we may be healed.  When we surrender to our Father, His new truth offers a wonderful new hope that says, “Yes, you can do this! With my help as your Father, you can do all things! Confess what is hidden and enjoy a new and victorious life.”

What a beautiful picture of health and healing we can all embrace. No one said it would be easy, but it will be so worth it!

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