True Confession

Quite often I see Christians who are struggling with sin in their lives, perhaps given over to addictions of one sort or another. I have seen them live in defeat because of a lack of understanding of how to free themselves. Help is always available, but the individual must be willing to take the first step. That may involve getting professional help, but the first step is up to the individual. The first step is confession.

It may not be easy to confess our sins--to mention with the mouth our shortcomings, our transgressions, our SINS, but for the Christian it must go far deeper. Proverbs 28:13 tells us, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." We may even be able to agree with God about our sin as I John 1:9 says, " If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." But what about forsaking that sin?

Let's be specific. What is that sin that does so easily beset you? Is there something in your life that you could name as sin, but yet have not forsaken? Have you given in to unhealthy habits that hinder your testimony and your own personal spiritual growth? Have you claimed defeat or worse yet, tried to justify your sin?

It that's the case, don't expect to prosper. According to Proverbs 28:13, you shall not. What about Psalm 66:18? "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Those are pretty strong words. Isaiah 59:2 gives us this bit of information. "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." Be sure God wants to hear. Be sure God wants to heal.

Certainly there may be times when sin entangles and entraps us, and even controls us. There may be times when we need to enlist the aid of a brother or sister in Christ to help us. Certainly sin can and will enslave us if we allow it. If need be, seek out those that can help--a pastor,a Godly spiritual leader you can trust, but the simple answer is to FORSAKE your sin.

God can use you. God wants to use you. Christ has won the victory. Don't shortchange His plan for your life by allowing satan to win the battle. Seek God's forgiveness. Seek His cleansing. Walk with Him daily. Let Him guide and direct you. You will never, never regret it.

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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

It is so much easier to see someone elses sin! It is harder to look inward and actually admit that I have a problem with sin. Thank you for the scriptures! I needed them this morning.


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Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

Thanks for this hub which challenges me to look deeper into my heart and mind. Love it!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! Well written, informative and concise. Good read my brother, I claim 1 John 1:9 daily.

blessings...


tinamarie9884 6 years ago

Lifegate no one could have said it better than you did. Very well written, I am glad that I stopped by.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

We live in a day where the word sin is not a popular word. No one likes to think of themselves as sinful, and yet until we see this we cannot know the need we have for God. sin not only entagles, bust strangles us...Great hub..thnx


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks All, for your comments and input. I'm glad to hear from each of you.


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Faithful Daughter 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

I John 1:9 is one of my most favorite verses in the Bible. If we could unharden our hearts and humble ourselves before our Lord; if we could surrender our sin(s) and strive to live in His light; if we could deny ourselves and follow Jesus we would see how merciful and forgiving our God is, but only if. I love the message. Thanks!


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub which presents timeless truths to live by. By God's grace we can overcome sin in our lives. Thank you for sharing this great reminder. Blessings to you and best regards.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

FD,

Yes, only if--but with God all things are possible!

Cristina,

Thank you for your comment and truth. Good to hear from you!


"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Brother... thank you for writing this and we are sinners who are set free through Christ. In a Church we attended recently the reference to sin was " a mistake" rather than calling it what it truly is "Sin". The wages of sin is death, let us all remember "the truth will set you free" Time we all own up to sin... we all have it.

Blessings and Hugs


His daughter 6 years ago

So true! We should so desire a relationship...an intimate relationship with the Father that we would desire for Him to show us anything that stands in the way of that! The desire for His presence needs to be far greater! God bless.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Quill,

We really do need to call sin what it is--sin. So many people sidestep today.

HD,

It's that desire for an intimate relationship with Christ that will help keep us from sin. You're so right!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Quill,

We really do need to call sin what it is--sin. So many people sidestep today.

HD,

It's that desire for an intimate relationship with Christ that will help keep us from sin. You're so right!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

I agree with Quill. It is a pride thing when we try to soften sin by calling it a "mistake." It is only when facing the hard truth that we can sincerely fall on our knees in sincere repentance and guilt and ask our Lord's forgivenss, which He is always and ever so generously ready to give to the humble in heart.

Love, peace and hope in Him,

Forever His,


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

RevLady,

You're so right! The truth may be hard at times, but it is still the truth and must be dealt with. Thanks for stopping by.


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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

Repent in the New Testament means to turn in the opposite direction. What I see too often is a person confessing their sin but making no concerted effort to turn away from that behavior. And, if we are talking besetting sin, it has become a HABIT. Habits, as we all know too well, take time and effort to overcome. Time to cry out for grace.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jeanie,

Proverbs tells us that we must confess our sin, but also forsake it. God's grace allows us to form new habits to replace the sinful habits. You're absolutely right. Thanks for stopping by.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Yes, where to or more are gathered in His Name, there He will be. There have been times in my life, where finding spiritually grounded people to pray with me...did release the burdens of care. It was amazing, that just after we prayed, the huge load dropped, and I was able to stand up...feeling light as a feather:) Another good hub, lifegate:) Thank you!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Heart,

Amen and Amen. Thanks for checking in.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I think why confession is so difficult is because in the deceitfulness of sin one convinces themselves that it isn't necessarily sin or as you said it is justified one way or another. If it is confessed it is admitting it is sin and therefore acknowledging that it has to go. I think that this is why it is one of the biggest steps of being delivered because in the middle of an addiction the weightiness of the sin is largely discounted to protect it.

Encouraging hub and invitation to "come out from among them" and be made whole.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

Good points. We don't like to admit to sin, but in God's economy, it's absolutely essential.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Amen! Confession really begins with accepting the truth rather than the lies that keep us in the dark. The thing is, nothing is hidden from Him, and what we are confessing to, He already knows. He's just waiting for us to acknowledge it and want to do something about it. Peace.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

A M,

Well said. Thanks for the input!

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