Sunday, August 05, 2012

The Power of Confession

Confession moves us forward into the future that God has for us. Confession opens the door to blessings from the Lord and allows us to experience more of Him. A person who does not practice confession is someone who will miss much of what God has for them.

When I talk about confession, I am talking about two things: (1) confessing our sin and our need for the Lord & (2) confessing God's goodness towards us. This can be done individually between you and God and it can also be done corporately.
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. - Proverbs 28:13-14
The person who practices confession will experience prosperity: in whatever form God decides to prosper them - in their soul or physically or both. The person who humbles themselves before the Lord through confessing their sins to Him will find mercy. The person who has a healthy "fear" of the Lord will find blessing. While the person who hardens their heart and does not humble themselves before God will end up living a rough life. 
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. – James 4:10
Are you ready for God to lift you up? Are you ready to move forward in the destiny that God has for you? Then intentionally and regularly engage in times of confessing your sins to the Lord and confessing God's goodness toward you. This act of humility will take you to a whole 'notha level with God.

When we confess our sin to God, His response is not to yell at us, beat us up, mock us, and drag us through the streets. He doesn't sneer at us and say, "I will make you pay." No! Jesus has already paid the price of our sins. He was already dragged through the streets and beaten. God's response to our confession of sin is forgiveness, restoration, and moving on in Him. HE LOVES US.
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
Do you know the joy of forgiveness? If not, then practice confession and you will experience this kind of deep joy and peace. 

Why not not right now? Get alone with your loving Heavenly Father. Confess your sin and your dependance on Him. Confess His goodness towards you and experience the power of confession.

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Eric Jones is the Lead Pastor of Evident Life Church: a spirit filled, Bible based, family integrated church in Gilbert, Arizona. Pastor Eric Jones is also the Director of the East Valley House of Prayer.

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