Just Admit It
To many of us, the phrase “confess your sins” triggers a ton of religious baggage causing us to shudder in fear and shame, and to others, it is a beautiful practice. Either way, I think this post will be hope-filled, and this practice will be helpful.
If you’ve ever felt distant from the voice and heart of God, then this series has been and is for you!
My sins, O God, are not hidden from you; you know how foolish I have been. (Psalm 69:5)
When I did not confess my sins, I was worn out from crying all day long. (Psalm 32:3)
But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing. (1 John 1:9)
And the list of scriptures that refer to confession go on and on and on. My friend Jamie George said this past weekend, that “Sin is the reminder that we’ve left home. We’ve chosen fear instead of Love.” Is that true or what? We are to “confess our sins” to God and to each other, not out of fear but out of Love. We know this, when we hold in our sins, it leaves us with a tired and heavy soul. But when we let it out, we find freedom.
Remember, confession doesn’t mean that we plead for forgiveness and put Jesus back up on the cross everytime we mess up. He’s already payed for these things!!! There’s no need to ask for more grace or forgiveness because “IT IS FINISHED” Jesus said. Grace just IS.
Confess: 1. Admit; acknowledge
When we confess our sins, we are simply admitting our wrong way of thinking that led to fear and reaction. When we confess, we are acknowledging that we’ve left home (sin) and want to choose love next time.
When we confess our sins to the God who holds no record of our wrongs and has obliterated all of our shame through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can DECLARE that we are loved NO MATTER WHAT!
Because of who Jesus says we are, we can confess our sins with joy, declaring HIS victory and love.
If prayer is simply aligning and realigning with God all day long, and confession is an important part of prayer, then confession is just another vehicle for aligning and realigning to the heart and voice of God. Remember...confession isn’t earning love from God, it’s living into the unending love of God.
10000 MINUTES PRACTICE:
Practice confession this week. All day long, keep in alignment with Jesus as you confess your sins, acknowledge where you reacted out of fear rather than out of love. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to those places today, then confess them with joy knowing who you are in Him!
Bonus: Is there something that you haven’t confessed, and you’re feeling weighed down by it? Confess it to Jesus and a trusted journeyer.
Text “10k” to “55678” if you want weekly text reminders to your phone. We’ll be sending out a few encouragements a week to help you practice Jesus all week long!