Confession

As some of you may know, God has given me a gift with song interpretation.  Sometimes, when I am listening to a song, He will show me a sign language and/or drama interpretation for it.  Recently, He gave me an interpretation like this for a song called, ‘Freedom,’ by Run Kid Run. 

Last Sunday, before Canvas, I was worshipping God and thanking Him for the interpretation.  As I was overcome by emotion, God put a halt on it.  He asked me, “How can you be rejoicing over the freedom I have given you, when you are so bound by something so small?” 

He was referring to an issue I’ve recently had with a certain person.  I’m not sure if it was out of jealousy or insecurity, but I had had an immense dislike of the person for no reason.  It caused animosity and tension that was very tangible.

 God spoke to me and told me that these feelings had nothing to do with the other person and were all me.  He told me to go to them, confess to them, and in doing so, He would eliminate any ill wills and restore a relationship that shouldn’t have been broken in the first place.

 I followed His instruction, as hard as it seemed, and He was faithful to do as He said.  The person was very understanding, and was glad that I came to talk.  We prayed together and are on our way to becoming great friends.  The best part is that God has removed all the sinful feelings I had toward the person.

 So…if you are wondering why I decided to share this with you, here it is.  I think that there are others who may struggle with the same problem.  Having bad feelings toward someone for no reason is not of God.  It is something the enemy uses to cause division in the body of Christ.  In a time when unity in the body is more important than ever, I encourage you to look to God for healing.

 Read James 5:13-20 it tells us to confess our sins one to another that we may be healed.  I can say that this is true.  I confessed first to God, then to the person, and God has removed my sinful feelings and replaced them with a desire to befriend this person, so that we may grow in Christ together.

 I urge you all, to follow James’ instructions, as I followed the same instruction given to me from God directly.  I have faith that God can restore any broken relationship that may exist at Canvas or elsewhere.  God can do anything.  And we can do all things through Christ.  Philippians 4:13

 I know this wasn’t the deepest blog ever written, but I know God has a purpose and a plan and sometimes it’s very practical.  God can use Canvas in a mighty way.  Let’s rebuke any discord so that we can unite for the greater vision of Christ and His kingdom.

 Love and prayers,

Ashleigh

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2 thoughts on “Confession

  1. Ashleigh, I applaud your courage and willingness toward obedience to God…it is often that we find the struggles within ourselves begin and end with something entirely internal as opposed to outside causes. When I read “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis, it gave me a perception of how the enemy works in a more tangible way, thus imparting a newer understanding of how to do spiritual combat given the armor outlined in Ephesians 6.

    God was also showing me that the focus of my mind was important…what and where my mind was occupied. All too easy to allow our minds to wander and be filled with the wrong things. It is critically important to watch our thought processes and what we read, listen to, and watch. Thank you for the reminder!

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