Summary: Confession is an invitation to undergo Liberation Treatment! There is poor health and well-being in the church and community-at-large. The answer to holistic well-being is addressing psychological and spiritual blockages
“I Have Something to Tell You” (Confession – Sermon 7)
Scripture: James 5:13-20 (The Message)
Text: James 5:16, Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.”
Liberation Treatments are becoming commonly known treatments for people suffering with Multiple Sclerosis. The condition known as Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCVI), according to Dr. Paolo Zamboni, Italian founder of the Liberation Treatment, is a condition where the jugular and azygos veins are blocked which could be one of the causes of MS. He believes that Liberation Treatment repairs the blocked veins that are connected to the central nervous system.
The protocol for treatment requires that
-- Patients must sign a consent form stating they understand the risks
-- Assess the patient’s condition prior to treatment
-- Procedure is outlined
-- After procedure, the attending physician will discuss results with patient, further assessments to evaluate effectiveness of the treatment and blood thinner prescriptions are provided for a time after the procedure.
Today we’re going to look at confession. Confession is an invitation to undergo Liberation Treatment! There is poor health and well-being in the church and community-at-large. The answer to holistic well-being is addressing psychological and spiritual blockages not visible to the naked eye. In the Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan, N.Y., there is engraved the words: "All healing is of God; physicians only bind up the wounds." This is a work that God does with our involvement through confession and forgiveness, the end result leading to a relationship with God that is free of blockages and obstructions.
Addressing these blockages will help attain a healthier YOU! There are risks of course:
• You could become contagiously joyful!
• People could look at you ‘strangely’ and think you’re ‘odd’ or you ‘have a few loose screws’ if you know what I mean!
Confession started at Golgotha which, as stated by author Richard Foster, “came as result of God’s great desire to forgive…Jesus knew that by his vicarious suffering he could actually absorb all the evil of humanity and so heal it, forgive it, redeem it…This was his highest and most holy work, the work that makes confession and the forgiveness of sins possible.”
Professor and Southern Baptist minister Dallas Williard explains that “Confession is one of the most powerful of the disciplines for the spiritual life. But it may be easily abused, and for its effective use it requires considerable experience and maturity…”
We must be careful not to understand confession as telling the deep dark secrets and sins of your life to every person you meet. Some people like to tell because of the emotional and social attention they get from it. There’s almost a sense of pride in telling their gory story. Confession is an act that makes attempts to mend, make well and move on. It should be carefully shared and selectively divulged with very trustworthy people who know what to do with your story.