Most believers feel incredible peace when Jesus’ new life is first birthed in them. As a result we want stay close Jesus, enjoying His deep peace & direction. We love the confident sense of being secure and on track in life. This is the core of the gospel. God is real and wants us to be in life changing relationship with Him! WOW!
Who wouldn’t want that? What gets in the way most often? What can fog it out faster than anything else? The answer: our own sin. It often comes without us noticing. Like forgetting to check your tires and being surprised when one is sitting flat in the morning.
This past Sunday we examined a spiritual discipline that can keep this from happening while keeping us spiritual strong in Jesus. The discipline is intentional confession of sin.
1. Why It Matters: Storing Unconfessed Sin is Dangerous to Our Lives.
Psalm 32:3-5 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. See also vv. 1-2, Psalm 38:4-8 and Proverbs 28:13
Is 59:2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
- We still bear the effects of sin. Hidden sin festers in our soul and can result real heaviness in our emotions, mind and even physically.
- Sin still hurts our relationship with Jesus. Though true children of God, our sin brings fog in our relationship with Jesus that moves us from blessing to discipline.
- Coming clean is a life long journey.
2. What is True Confession? Humble Agreement with God about Your Sin and the Need to Turn from It.
1John 1:5-10 …6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth… 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Cf. Psalm 32:5
- True confession is a holy transfer. Jesus takes the full weight of our sin and gives us His goodness in its place.
- It means embracing God’s attitudes towards your sin. God hates sin because of its impact on us. That is why He wants us to turn from it and seek His help to clean up and leave it behind.
3. How Should We Go About it? Embrace the Discipline of Ongoing Confession of Sin.
Heb. 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
- Humbly confess your sin to Jesus: Jesus gives ultimate powerful forgiveness when we confess to Him. He is the only source of this.
- Humbly confess to those you sin against: Seeking forgiveness of one we hurt brings healing to us and makes reconciliation possible.
- Confess & pray with trusted spiritual mentors: This step is especially helpful when we struggle to shake a repeated sin and need the prayer and encouragement of one further along in the journey with Jesus.
- Make True confession a regular habit AND a spontaneous response: Never stop. Plan regular times to reflect and confess in your life just like you plan regular times to shower and shave. However, whenever you realize you have blown it, don’t wait, deal with it then through genuine confession
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