Confession

January 3, 2010 at 1:56 am | Posted in Confession | Leave a comment

Therefore confess your sins to each other. James 5:16 NIV

The Word of God makes
Confession and repentance a cornerstone of making us right with God.
It is an integral part of becoming born again:
We confess our sins,
Believe in Jesus death and resurrection as payment for our sins,
Commit to living with Christ as Lord of our lives,
And we are saved.: Salvation

Thereafter,
Confession clears away lies and distractions
In our walk with the Lord.
“If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
And purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 NIV: Sanctification

For this reason confession is the first in the Steps to Freedom.

The question is sometimes raised….
Why can’t I just do this in private?
Why do I need to do it with an encourager or prayer partner present?

There is Biblical support for public confession.
“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.”
James 5:15-17 Message.

The evil one likes to work in secret.
he likes to keep us in the dark.
But the Bible says…
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
But whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Prov 28:d13 NIV

Testimony:
A couple of years ago,
I suddenly began experiencing:
Intrusive, negative, sinful thoughts.
They were unlike my usual sinful thoughts,
In their frequency, intensity and duration.
For several days I could not get them out of my mind.
They were there as I went to bed
They were there as I got up.
They were there as I worked.

Finally I confessed my thoughts out loud to a Christian friend.
It was as though something CRACKED in the spirit world
The confession broke the power of the sin.
I was free of the thoughts.
I was free of the guilt.
I was free of the shame
May the Lord be praised,
For His promised Freedom from guilt and sin.

Dalene

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