I Confess: The Spirit Filled and Pentecostal Confession Box for Non Catholics and Catholics Alike, Our New Confessional
I’m not Catholic but I’ve always liked the idea of a 'confessional'. It could hold great benefit for typical Protestant, Spirit-Filled, Charismatic, or even the Non-Denominational Christian.
There is great freedom in confessing our sins one to another. We should speedily sprint to ask forgiveness from those we’ve hurt. We should also be quick to forgive ourselves; however this can be easier said than done. Protestant Christians please understand...Yes, it is true, confession and forgiveness NEVER requires a special man-made meeting place or building, and forgiveness is freely given and available to all through Christ. The idea of the confessional can only serve as a public reminder to keep short accounts with God, and those He places in our lives.
One slight change in the 'confessional box' theory for the protestant Christian; no priest, or licensed minister would be required. No one hidden behind a veil. Instead there would be one very large 7 X 7 mirror buffed to a high glossy sheen, allowing nothing to be concealed. Also no seat would be made available and certainly no darkly lit room. Visitors may stand or kneel, and possibly a breezy little hospital ‘type’ gown could be made available upon request (to give a true Adam and Eve transparency experience; however this would be optional of course). The protestant confessional would be brightly lit, as the noon day sun.
One other slight change, a scripture would cover the wall in golden letters…
Both freedom and knowledge strengthens the one who embraces the meaning of this scripture.
Regardless of where we run to, no matter how dark or light the surroundings, He sees and calls our name because to Him “…the night shines as bright as day” (Psalms 139:8 - 12). Like Adam and his wife Eve there in the Garden of Eden, the revelation that all they are, and ever will be, is laid open and bare before His eyes (Gen 3: 7-13)...
And still, He loves us. While we yet had death and sin chasing us, overtaking us, and condeming us to an eternity without Him, God prepared the way to bring us home.
The Power of Confession… (No Special Room, Box, or Ritual Required)
Confession is declaring the truth, snatching back the power that shame and guilt once held over our heads. It’s standing in the light of day with nothing hidden, naked and unashamed, because Christ covered us once and for all. It is as if God holds out His welcoming arms, embraces us and wraps the brightest, most extravagant robe around us.
He knows us, He loves us, He covers us, He forgives us completely, and then something incredible happens. He rips down the veil from the confessional walls, allowing us to enter and exit freely.
“…What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands... ” (Psalms 8:4-7, NKJ)
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SING ALONG ...
MIGHTY TO SAVE by Hillsong Australia
Everyone needs compassion,
Love that's never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.
Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.
Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.
So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.
Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We're singing for the glory of the risen King...Jesus
We Fall Down by Donnie McClurkin
We fall down but we get up
We fall down but we get up
We fall down but we get up, oh yes
For a saint is just a sinner who fell down
But we couldn't stay there and got up, sing...
Get back up again
Get back up again
For a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up
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