Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
James 5:16 AMP
A friend visited my Church and after the service, she offered to take me to lunch. I declined and instead sat her down then proceeded to confess my sins. She was surprised but listened and let me confess. That was my 5th or 6th confession about this particular error on my part. Her response was that most people would not admit what I had just told her, not to talk of confessing so honestly.
Another friend I confessed to, listened and laughed and proceeded to remind me about the grace of God and what MY response to her was when she confessed about a smilar error a while ago.
I remember confessing to my Mum and she straight up laughed at me until she realised I was serious. She asked me if I was still doing what I just confessed. I said I was not. She said okay and encouraged me not to stay where I was.
I told two others and one, in trying to encourage me made me feel horrible because the example she used was right but it just did not work. Despite her explanation and in theory, I understood but the reality was something else. I still flinched as I type. The other one advised me to go see a Prophet…
The last person I told, responded with Scriptures. One of the verses she shared that helped me was…
“This “realm of death” describes our former state, for we were held in sin’s grasp. But now, we’ve been resurrected out of that “realm of death” never to return, for we are forever alive and forgiven of all our sins! He canceled out every legal violation we had on our record and the old arrest warrant that stood to indict us. He erased it all—our sins, our stained soul—he deleted it all and they cannot be retrieved! Everything we once were in Adam has been placed onto his cross and nailed permanently there as a public display of cancellation. Then Jesus made a public spectacle of all the powers and principalities of darkness, stripping away from them every weapon and all their spiritual authority and power to accuse us. And by the power of the cross, Jesus led them around as prisoners in a procession of triumph. He was not their prisoner; they were his!” – Colossians 2:13-15 TPT
I am sure you are reading this and wondering why I told so many people (yes, I wonder this also). You see, they were people that needed to know for many reasons. Some were told for my sake and others were told for their sake. The important thing is that I confessed!
When we go left or choose the way of death, the Devil loves to hold us in condemnation. He enjoys laughing at us and weighing us down with guilt, shame, regret. It is his wish that we remain under that weight, unable to stand up and receive the gift Jesus freely gave…
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.” – 1 John 1:8 NLT
When we sin, it is wise to confess. Open your mouth and speak. When we confess, we release ourselves from the burden that can be so crippling.
“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” – 1 John 1:9 NLT
There is an opportunity to alleviate the burden of sin from our shoulders. The truth is, we have ALL sinned…
“If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts”. – 1 John 1:10 NLT
Expose the darkness that threatens to choke you. Confess your sins. There is freedom when you do. Practically, you will find that you are not alone like the Devil wants you to believe. There are people who are willing to stand with you and help you through and back home to peace. You will also find that God does not condemn you. Only the Devil does that.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death”. – Romans 8:1-2 NLT
The truth is, when we confess, we free ourselves and the lies of the enemy are exposed. Sometimes, when we confess, the enemy still tries to use people to make us feel worse but that is where we believe what the Word of God says. When we confess, God uses people to remind you of His grace and loving-kindness.
Confess! You will feel better! You will feel free. Understand that no one has the right to condemn you. Not one person! Speak up and receive the peace of God! Walk out of the prison you put yourself in!
“Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new person. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new”. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 TPT
Remember this and know peace!
Love and Blessings,