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A Confession of the Heart

 

What do you think of when you hear to confess? Have you heard the phrase, “Confession is good for the soul?” That’s not just an old wise tale and something the old folks used to say. Have you ever poured your heart out to someone? Many of us are consumed with fear and are scared to be open, honest and vulnerable to “bare their souls”, not even to their spouses. A spouse is supposed to be a confidant and a best friend, someone you can trust your deepest, darkest secrets. On the other hand, you may think of a family secret, something you don’t want anyone to know; it may be something that you would only share with your closest friend.

A better question would be: How will confession help and improve my life? Let’s take a moment to see what confession means in the Greek:

In Greek, the word confession means “to say the same” and signifies an agreement or consent. It is used often in a legal context in which a man agrees with the statement of another such as conceding or confessing to something before a judge. Likewise, confession is an act of agreement or promise in a court or legal contract.
Now this is something we can relate to, right?

For example: The police officers bring in a suspect for questioning about a robbery at the First American Bank on 15th Street. The officers escort the suspect to the interrogation room, and ask him a series of questions. The first two hours, the suspect denies any wrong doing and holds strong to his story. However, the police officer finds a witness, the wife and the child of the suspect. The witness identifies the suspect and recognizes the tattoo he had on his left hand. They bring the wife and child in: when the suspect sees his family, a feeling of great shame and remorse comes over him. After an hour, the suspect is ready to plead guilty to the bank robbery, and is willing to write a confession statement. He is willing to write down the details of the crime and his involvement, plead guilty to the robbery, and accept the consequences and responsibilities of his actions. He is now at the mercy of the judge.

Does this give you a clear picture of what a confession is? This is the message Paul is relaying in the scripture. This is the kind of confession Paul is speaking about. We can see the suspect gave a confession: He changed his mind, and decided:
1. To acknowledge that he has committed a crime or
2. To admit you are at fault in some way (you’re wrong)

Also, you can see that the Bible confirms God’s Word:

Psalm 32:5 says: I acknowledge my sin unto you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and YOU forgive the iniquity of my sin.

Psalm 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plentiful in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When You Hear the Enemy Coming

When you hear the enemy is coming, take God at His Word, believe, receive and act upon this: Ephesians 6:12 King For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (human beings), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

There are four things the devil does not want you to know: The power of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, the power of forgiveness to close the doors in your life; the power of prayer and the power of the written and spoken of God

Remember who is in control of all things: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment you shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

Luke 9:1 Jesus Christ gave them (those who follow and obey Him) power and authority over all devils.

Check your relationship with the Lord: James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds)

Fight on your knees in repentance, faith and prayer, and watch the devil flee. There is power in the Name of Jesus!

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Philippians 2:9-11
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Anything brought before the Throne of Heaven in faith in Jesus Christ will be heard and answered! It’s time to active our faith and cause the devil and his minions to run and tremble at the Mighty Eternal Name and Power of Jesus Christ!

Forgiveness vs. Deliverance

I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and the Lord impressed upon me something that is very significant. Many people go to church Sunday after Sunday with feelings to rejection, abandonment and fear. Many are forgiven, but not delivered from the shackles of their wounded souls. There are those who have been rejection by a mom or dad, a sibling, a boss or a co-worker, a pastor or a group of believers. The sting of the rejection is real and still plagues the life of many. There are those who have poured themselves into their children, their work, or their ministries to seek approval and affirmation from others. There are those who seek out the approval of others to feel the void of their rejection in their hearts.

We are unable to share our faith because we are injured in our hearts. The pain of that failed marriage or our unruly children; our dads did not love us the way a man should his children; the overbearing boss takes us for granted. We begin to exalt our denominations, and point out our distinct differences and how one is better than the other. When, in fact, both suffer from rejection, abandonment and fear; both are ineffective. Neither group of believers is able to help each other because the issue is the wound in the heart. The fear of rejection cripples us to the point that we stay right where are, and we focus on outer appearances because that’s where we are safe and secure. However, hearts of His people are still bleeding because our affirmation solely comes from Jesus Christ alone, not things that we do or the people that affirm us. What happens when we don’t receive the affirmation that we think we deserve? If no one ever pats on us the back, do we still have the joy of the Lord or does it cause us to stop everything because someone does not respond the way we think they should?

There is a difference in being delivered and being forgiven. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. However, in James 5: 16, Confess your trespasses[e] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be HEALED. Notice, God forgives us when we confess our sins to Him, but He HEALS us when we confess to another brother or sister in the body. Jesus Christ, the Deliverer, wants you to be in close and intimate relationships with one another, just like He is close and intimate relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Confession to another is a process in which another person walks you through and helps you discover the root of your rejection, abandonment and fear. Our brother or sister in Christ in the vessel our Great High Priest uses. The Holy Spirit brings to your remembrance what caused you to be rejected, abandoned and fearful. In that moment of our complete understanding and submission, it is then, our Deliverer comes in to HEAL our broken hearts. Jesus says in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He (Father in Heaven) has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

Many are wounded in the church, and unable to help the hurting outside the church. Confession is not only good for the soul, but invites another believer, the Holy Spirit and the Deliverer to bring us to a point of true freedom. Many are not free because we are not effectively communicating with one another. We may be forgiven, but we are not delivered. Many are hurt, and do not know what to do, who to turn to, and are going through the motions to look like Christians, but in fact, are a wounded soldier wandering aimlessly in the wilderness! This is Christian counseling is its best! It is a Divine calling.