If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].
(1 John 1:9 AMP)
MEDITATE AND DIGEST: CONFESS AND REST
As I began to understand my walk into holiness and purpose by the Spirit, I started wondering, “What is my part, God?” It all just seemed to be bleeding together and truly becoming all Him. I remember His Words in my spirit, “Confess and rest.”
What does that mean? While I could never exhaust the beauty and fullness of even one sentence of Scripture, I can tell you what my revelation of it means to me today.
One, stay in open communication with Father God.
We can honestly confess our faults, mistakes, and difficulties to Him continually. He knows it all already, He’s paid for every bit of it on the cross, and personally understands our weakness. That lifestyle of repentance keeps our hearts in check and gives Him room and authority to help us in our time of need by His Spirit.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)
Two, expose my sins and struggles to other believers when needed.
Sometimes confessing it to God alone doesn’t bring the freedom we need. For whatever reason (be it for others freedom and understanding that they are not alone in their war, our own humility, or just because God set it up this way), we need our brothers and sisters to help us in prayer and accountability. Don’t be afraid to find a friend who can lift you up, help you fight the darkness of the old you, give you a fresh perspective, and encourage you in Christ. It is powerful.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16 AKJV)
Three, declare the truth over myself and others.
Confessing the Word of God over our lives and proclaiming our identity in Christ is a mighty weapon in God. When Jesus fought temptation, He said each time, “It is written…” (See Matthew 4.) The enemy will sometimes counter with the Word, but it is always to condemn, get us to prove something, or as some perversion that tries to snare us into compromise beneath God’s best for us. Jesus proved our value and identity already. He has made provision for every promise in God. Now, we stand in a place of receptivity declaring what He’s already done with a confident, enduring, “Be it unto me as you have said, Lord!”
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, (2 Corinthians 1:20-21 ESV)
Rest in these confessions for as long as it takes; for as long as you have breath in your lungs. It isn’t easy. Hebrews 4:11 exhorts us to labor (strive, make every effort) to enter this rest and it begins in that place of tension between deliverance (understanding God’s will/free promise) and breakthrough. It is a mandate, really: New Covenant obedience that trusts God implicitly and moves in agreement with the sound of His voice today. He is pleased with that humility and is asking no less, but He is also asking no more. Believe Him now, Beloved, and give Him all that you’ve got this day.
Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end… For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.
(Hebrews 3:12-14, 4:10-11 NASB)
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
(2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV)
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
(James 1:21 NLT)
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