James 5:16 NIV “Confess your sins TO EACH OTHER and pray for each other SO THAT YOU MAY BE HEALED. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
This content is designed to help us better see what happened to Judas in the hopes that we will take heed. If at any moment while reading this you see these things happening to yourself I urge you and me to immediately pray to God for forgiveness and repent.😊
Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples who had a secret sin in his life. But he pretended that all was well and good. Basically Judas was living a double life. He used to steal money from the provisions that was set aside for the church’s needs. Some may be thinking, “What does this have to do with me?” “I’m not a thief.” Here’s the answer: My secret sin and your secret sin doesn’t have to be stealing to fall into the same trap Judas fell into. Sin is sin to God. It’s all the same. We may not be getting along with other Christians in our church and pretending that all is well and good. We may be secretly watching pornography and pretending to be pure, holy Christians. We may be secretly getting drunk, or using drugs, or fornicating, or lying, etcetera. In God’s book it’s all the same. It doesn’t matter what the sin is if we are not willing to seek help and confess our sins like God says we are opening ourselves up not only to demonic oppression but also demonic possession.
James 5:16 KJV “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Proverbs 28:13 KJV “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Yes, God did say not only to confess our sins to Him but also to confess them to one another. Yes, this can be embarrassing, even humiliating. But what are we more interested in? Looking good to people? Or pleasing God and getting healed?🤔
IMAGINE BEING JUDAS
Imagine briefly being Judas. You know you have secret sin in your life (no matter what is) yet you’re pretending all is good. You’re in the presence of the holy son of God constantly, daily, where the real word is being preached. At some point this becomes torture. Let’s get one thing straight: all are guilty of sin. We’re not picking on anybody here. And we’re not isolating certain sins over others, sin is sin, it’s all no good to God. But if you and I don’t repent the way God tells us to and get help (confess your sins to one another and pray for one another) at a certain point our hearts will become hardened by sins deceptive power the Bible says. (Hebrews 3:8-13) When a person refuses to repent after hearing warning after warning after warning the Bible says God even hands them over to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1:28-32) That’s scary.😳
If you are struggling with any sin stop right now and pray to God. Tell God you’re sorry. Beg for his forgiveness. Ask Him to heal you. And seek real brothers and sisters (if just one) to pray for you and confess your sins to one another.
Once a person’s heart becomes hardened by sin encouragement even starts sounding like harsh chastisement. The person who may have once fought for the church begins attacking it. (Matthew 24:45-51) Others simply separate themselves from God’s people or put them out of their Christian fellowship (church meetings) unjustly. (John 16:2-3) There is a just, scriptural reason for not fellowshipping with any who be called brethren and are not living that life. It’s found at 1 Corinthians 5:11-13:
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 KJV “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”
But the reasons listed here are not the reasons why some separate from other brethren. Some separate from one another over personal issues that can be easily handled through obedience. (Colossians 3:13 Matthew 18:15-20) And sadly they have been blinded by the Devil to believe that God is on their side while doing this.😥 Satan may not have literally possessed such a person yet but they are definitely on that path (if they do not repent).
The Bible says at a certain point Satan entered Judas. (Luke 22:2-6) He became possessed by the Devil. After this happened Judas made a pact with the chief priest to betray Jesus. This was a bold move. It takes power to do anything, right? It took power to do this too. Satan supernaturally empowered Judas to betray Jesus. In fact Judas was so emboldened by the Devil that while he betrayed Jesus he kissed him.😳 (Luke 22:47-48 Proverbs 27:6) Bold indeed! Judas completely lost his mind.
Remember, this all happened slowly, gradually, over time. And how was Satan able to get Judas to do this? Judas was sadly a phony, pretending to live by God’s standards. Had he repented he would have ceased to be false. He would now be real. But he chose the secret path of sin. And look where it lead him.
NOT A GOOD ENDING
After Satan used Judas to do his evil deed (betray Jesus) Judas suddenly realized what he had done. It was as if he quickly woke up from a bad dream, “Oh no, I just betrayed the son of God!”😩 This reminds me of when the Devil hoodwinked Eve in the Garden Of Eden and Adam followed her. The Bible says after they sinned their eyes were opened too and they realized they were naked. (Genesis 3:7) An unusual emotion they never felt before called fear also gripped them both just like Judas. (Genesis 3:8-10) Hmmmmm, it appears the Devil loves to open people’s eyes and give them unimaginable fear once he tricks them into sin.🤔
Judas was now remorseful so much so that he tried to give the money back he was paid for betraying Jesus. (Matthew 27:3-4) What happened to all that boldness he felt while he was doing his evil deed? What happened to all the power Satan gave him when he betrayed Jesus with a kiss? The high was now gone.😞 Satan took his power back. And there was Judas left depressed, confused, powerless, gripped with supernatural fear, and all alone. Once the deed was done the Devil had no more use for Judas. What do you think Satan got him to do next?
Matthew 27:5 KJV “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
Sadly after Judas realized what he had done all he could think about was suicide. He hung himself. Who do you think put the thought of suicide in his head? The same person who put the thought in his head to betray Jesus. But look at how it all got started; slowly, little by little over time. Judas’ harboring unconfessed, unrepentant sin was the beginnings of his undoing. By pretending that all is good and well when he knew it wasn’t killed him. Not only did he betray Jesus he betrayed himself. Living like this guys opens doors to evil spirits. If you are struggling with any sin stop right now and pray to God. Tell God you’re sorry. Beg for his forgiveness. Ask Him to heal you. And seek real brothers and sisters (if just one) to pray for you and confess your sins to one another.
Judas became so overwhelmed by that evil voice (the Devil) in his head that he hung himself. How sad. Imagine being Judas in that moment: you think you’re relieving yourself from all the pain and suffering; the mental torment of knowing you betrayed the son of God, by killing yourself. You think you’re escaping the supernatural fear that now grips you, only to find yourself in the blink of an eye in hell after you die.🔥😳 Do you see how Satan treats his servants? Even his best ones?
After Satan got Judas to do his evil deed he depressed him and tricked him into killing himself as if that would end his suffering. As if in hell he wouldn’t suffer even more, forever!
Mark 14:21 NET “For the Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.””
There are some in rebellion against God who say, “I would never be that stupid. I would never kill myself.” How do you know? It wasn’t in Judas’ plans either. Remember, “SATAN ENTERED HIM.” Once that happens you don’t know what you will do. You are no longer in control. The main thing is to repent! So that when we die we won’t be condemned to hell, forever!😳
Matthew 5:21-22 NET ““You have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘ Do not murder,’ and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says ‘Fool’ will be sent to fiery hell.”
1 John 3:14-15 NET “We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”
If you have and if I have any unconfessed, unrepentant sin in our lives let us please come clean and not pretend that all is well and good like Judas did. Let’s get some help. Let us confess our sins to God first. Then let us find (if only one) real brothers and sisters we can confide in:
James 5:16 NIV “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other SO THAT YOU MAY BE HEALED. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
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