CONFESSION - Let's Begin Again
"The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you." - Matthew 12:37 (NLT) There is no shocking news in the fact that WE ALL HAVE SINNED... ever single one of us. 1 John 1:8 tells us that, "If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth." Unfortunately, there is a lot of people walking around looking like fools. The reality is, it is not necessarily our sins that keep up from experiencing God's forgiveness, it is our own pride and unwillingness to call it what it is and do what we need to do to deal with the real issue... CONFESS.
"But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." - 1 John 1:9 (NLT)
I know... I know... "that is easier said than done, Todd". Bringing yourself to the point of saying that you have done something wrong... or worse yet... sinned, is not an easy thing to confess. You can beat around the bush and water your sin down a little, but the reality still remains... it is a sin and must be dealt with. Before we know it, that "little justified sin" turns into "bigger sins" and we slowly begin to fade into the world. If we spend all of our time talking around the sin, we will never get to the root of our problems and truly find victory and real joy over our struggles. When we get to the point where we set aside our pride and name our sin for what they really are ("Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God." - 1 John 3:4), actually places the sin on a level where we stop denying it and work towards putting it behind us. It places our sin out in the open where we can see it and deal with it... where we can finally put a target on it and destroy it's power over our lives. So... what do we do next? Well, after you have put a name to your sin (pride, selfishness, hard-heartedness, resentment, rage, lust, greed, sexual immorality, dishonesty, gossip, etc.), once you have named it, pray. Pray that God will give you courage to take a stand against what is holding you down and holding you back. It is also important... and this may be a tough one for some of you... to find someone (a Christian) who you can share with and be accountable to. There is a huge amount of freedom when we name our sins for what they really are and win victory over the bondage they create in our lives. My prayer for each of you is that your pride will fall off before it trips you up and destroys the joy that God desires for you to have in your life. I pray that you will find victory over sin and walk through the rest of your life as "more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Romans 8:37 NIV) Blessings to you! Todd Inman Pastor