Step 5

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5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 

“Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16

So now it’s all out on paper, even our most sordid secrets!  It can be overwhelming to consider both the good and bad aspects of our lives all at once!  At first it can be difficult to discover ANY assets, and our liabilities cause us to feel intense shame.  We would rather hide most of it from God, even ourselves, and especially from another human being!  Examining the exact nature of our wrongs and admitting them can be a huge RELIEF!  When we can release ALL of our problems to God, He can handle it!  Through Christ’s shed blood on the Cross, we are forgiven!  When we finally get honest with ourselves, we begin the road to recovery.  When we get the courage to “let it go” in the direction of another trusted human being, the chains of bondage are broken!

A.    Principle of Confession:

  • Psa. 32:1-5                      James 5:16
  • Gal. 6:1-3                         Prov. 28:13
  • James 1:21

B.    Examples of Confession:

  • 1 Sam. 15:24                    Matt. 3:1-6
  • 2 Sam. 12:13                    Acts 19:13-20
  • Luke 15:11-32                  Neh. 9:3

C.    Need for honesty:

  • Rom. 12:17                      Heb. 4:12-16

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