Burden of Confession

God has given me a burden of confession. It started when He laid this on my heart:

Sometimes, when I want something that I know I shouldn’t, I don’t want to cry to God for deliverance from temptation. “I want it, I’ll have it,” is what goes through my mind (either subconsciously or right in the front of my brain). This mostly concerns food, but to what other areas of my life does this apply?

This is a serious sin, Lord. Thank you for showing me. I confess. May I always run to You.

A month later to the day, my sister in Christ, Julie Dibble, wrote about revival and repentance, here: https://juliedibblewrites.wordpress.com/2021/08/19/what-does-revival-mean-to-you/ . God increased the burden.

Since that day, this post has been bubbling and burning in me, to write about sin and confession and repentance.

In the Old Testament, God gives us a picture of living in sin, right from the time of Adam and Eve. He shows how sin leads us into bondage and darkness, when the Israelites were in Egypt. Also throughout the Old Testament, God gives us a promise of salvation. God saved His people from bondage, and brought them out of Egypt. But once in that Promised Land, they needed to fight and destroy the enemy so that they could live in peace. God didn’t just wipe out the enemy for them; they had to “work out their own salvation,” so to speak. They had to continually be on guard, keep up the defenses, and be ready to fight. Sometimes they gave up. Sometimes they didn’t care.

God chose David to be a victorious warrior, to take back the ground God meant for them to have. He and his son, Solomon, set the kingdom up to live in peace. Sadly, Solomon did not keep up the defenses, primarily the defense tool of honoring God and obeying Him.

Salvation gives us peace, a relationship with God. Our responsibility is to follow and obey Him. Sin puts up a wall, prevents us from receiving His blessings (we give ground to satan, Ephesians 4.27). When we confess sin, it’s not that we tear down that wall or take back that ground; it’s that we confess we can’t, and ask God to deliver us.

Our responsibility is to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2.12). We are to draw near to God, cleanse our hands, and purify our hearts (James 4.8). When we confess, purify our hearts, and walk in full obedience to God, we cannot even imagine the blessings He has in store for us.

1 Corinthians 2.9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Daily Confessions

Fall on your face before God Almighty, and ask Him to reveal your sin to you, that you can confess to Him, and receive His forgiveness:

Psalms 139.23, 24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting

  • Did I fail God in any areas of personal conduct?
  • Did I miss an opportunity / did I avoid doing something I should have?
  • Was I honest in my dealings with others?
  • Did I depend on myself or on God?
  • Were my thoughts pleasing to God?
  • Was I wasteful with my time / money / home / people / food / family / friends / other relationships or resources?
  • Did I honor God with my actions?
  • Did I steal?
    • Material items
    • Time
    • Money
    • Joy
    • Name / reputation
  • Did I cause, condone, or promote bitterness or strife for those in my life?
    • Home
    • Church
    • Community
    • Leadership
      • Home, local, state, nation, world

Confessions: Digging Deeper

  • Do I deal with strongholds in my heart? Are they generational? Did I inherit them, or invite them of my own accord? Strongholds may include:
    • Thievery / greed
    • Fornication (inappropriate sex, pornography, etc.)
    • Addictions (food, sex, alcohol, pornography, drugs, video- or other-gaming, gambling, cell phone, etc.)
    • Lying
    • Curious or “familiar” spirits / worship of idols (crystals, figurines, magic/magi, tea leaves, tarot cards, sorcery, etc.)
    • Fear
    • Depression
    • Bitterness
    • Shame (general condemnation of a person as bad or not good enough)
  • Do I invite satan into my heart or home?
    • Movies, videos, TV, games, magazines, books, guests, phone calls, texts, etc.
    • Thought life (vain imaginations)
  • Am I careful in what I teach my children?
    • Purposefully
    • By example
    • By accident
  • Do I call out to God when faced with temptation, or do I decide that I want to give in and do it / take it?

Psalms 107.13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. 15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

When you confess your sin, when you receive the forgiveness God so freely gives, be sure to fill your heart with God and His Word.

Matthew 12.43 – 45 43 When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ On its return, it finds the house vacant, swept clean, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and dwell there; and the final plight of that man is worse than the first. So will it be with this wicked generation.”

Tearing Down Strongholds:

We have no power to take back the ground that satan has claimed in us. Cry out to God, confess, give it over to Him (humble yourself / surrender 1 Peter 5.6). If you or a family member are under the power of sin:

In Jesus’ name, bind satan (Mark 3.27, Matthew 16.15-19)

Pray a hedge of thorns around yourself/loved one (Hosea 2.6, 7)

Cast down false reasonings (2 Corinthians 10.3, 4)

④ Conquer every wrong thought (Romans 12.2, 1 Corinthians 2.14-16).

When you have confessed, repented, and received forgiveness, be sure you receive His forgiveness and don’t take up the guilt of your sin again.  God has removed your sin. Let it be removed and remain removed.

Psalms 103.11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him

Pull down false reasonings with God’s Truth.

Do not let sin entangle you:

Hebrews 12.1 Therefore we also, having such a great cloud of witnesses encompassing us, having laid aside every weight and the sin easily entangling, should run with endurance the race lying before us

Confess and be accountable to a reliable person. (James 5.16) Do you and / or your church need to have a communal time of open confession? God gives us the gift of relationships for so many reasons: one of which is to be accountable to each other, and support and edify one another, in the love that His Holy Spirit pours out upon / within / and through us.

Read your Bible. All the epistles teach us how to live in the Promised Land, how to fight and be ready. That Promised Land is the Kingdom of God, of which Jesus speaks so often. Read the gospels.

For more on sin and forgiveness see these posts:

Hymn: Just As I Am, Without One Plea

Author: Charlotte Elliott
Tune: William B Bradbury

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_as_I_Am_(hymn)  

Just as I am – without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – though toss’d about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

Just as I am – of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
-O Lamb of God, I come!

22 thoughts on “Burden of Confession

  1. Oh Kathy…..you must have read my heart. Thank you for so much scripture here too. I have felt more aware of all my sin as of late. GOD is convicting me……and all of it: thoughts, words, and deeds. I think the closer you walk with HIM, the more aware you are. HE is a HOLY GOD and none of us can stand before HIM. Thank you JESUS for standing in the gap for us and for dying on the Cross for our sins. May we never take our sins lightly……but realize the wretched people we are in need of a true SAVIOR!!!

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    1. Yes, and amen, Maxine! But how thankful we are for the love that God is. I have been reading ‘Gentle and Lowly’ of late, and he uses Scripture to show God’s heart for us – such love! God always seeks us, woos us, pursues us, welcomes us!
      And I agree – the more we know God, the more we see our sin and our need for Him.

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        1. Yes: Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane C Ortlund
          I have not read the whole book (I think up to Ch 4?), but found it to be Biblically based and edifying.

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  2. “When we confess sin, it’s not that we tear down that wall or take back that ground; it’s that we confess we can’t, and ask God to deliver us.” SO true! We certainly can’t “make it up” by our own efforts. Is that what makes it so hard to repent? To be accountable? It is so often that this area seems to be the weakness that keeps the Church from being what we are called to be.

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