Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus – November 8

Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

Good Morning, Lord
By Sheila Walsh

Today I will choose to be open with a trusted fellow believer about one of my failures or weaknesses and let God minister to me through that person.

What comes to mind when you hear the word righteous? Maybe you think of Jesus himself, the Righteous One. But maybe you think of folks trying to be superhero believers. Do you realize, though, that we become righteous by admitting our weaknesses to one another, not by covering up our sins and weaknesses? Do you know that we gain healing and strength when we allow our brothers and sisters to know us and pray for us?

When we try to become superheroes, we hide our failures, we say noth­ing about our doubts, we don't confess our sins to one another, and we don't receive prayer from fellow believers. The result of such feigned perfection is loneliness, and we set ourselves up as an easy target for the enemy. Instead, we who name Jesus as our Savior and Lord must be willing to admit our needs, but so often we feel obliged to grin like Cheshire cats so we will be "good witnesses." This pretense results in isolation from God and one another, not Christian community; stagnation, not spiritual growth; staying stuck, not experiencing freedom in Christ.

© 2010 by Sheila Walsh

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