Why is confession good for the soul? It clears the air, squares up the ledger, almost like an internal audit... where we take inventory and stock of our shortcomings and see the great need to be replenished, restored and reconciled. It feels so good once we unload the heavy burden that plagues our conscience. In our relationship with our Heavenly Father there is no doubt that through his divine mercy He made propitiation for our sin stained condition, through his sacrificial lamb; ie: his only begotten son. Jesus Christ provided the way for us to be reconciled to Him for all eternity, if we receive the Gift by believing. This prayer of confession is often referred to as the Sinners Prayer, when we confess our sins and ask God to forgive us and ask Jesus to come into our heart to be our lord and savior and confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God raised him from the dead, etc. we are then saved! it's an amazing transformative prayer that through faith changes us immediately, we don't deserve it, we can't earn it, and it's a fact that God did all the heavy lifting for us! We just need to see our desperate need, confess our sins and accept the Gift. Now does that mean since that work has been done that there is no further need to confess as believers in Christ?There are some televangelists who are teaching that we don't need to confess anything once we are saved. That we are made " righteous " forever once we believe in Jesus and It's all under the blood already so there is no reason to be confessing to God our sins. I actually heard that while visiting a church last weekend. I admit I like the sound of that...and yet it didn't sit well in my soul. I decided to pray and thought I wonder what Jesus thinks.....in Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus teaches us the model of how to pray "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, (sins) as we forgive our debtors.( those who have sinned against us) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Did you catch that? Jesus told us to confess our sins to the Father! Why do we need to confess? It clears the air, introspection, take inventory of our shortcomings and see the great need to be replenished, restored and reconciled. Friends I believe the amazing grace is activated at the bent knee of a repenting sinner who has a broken and contrite heart. That brokenness shouldn't stop as a believer who remains a sinner, should it? Let's look at Luke 18:9-14 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. I see this tax collector as a man who understood his condition, that he was desperate for God. He knew how bad he was and what he deserved. There are some who have a difficulty reconciling the old and new testament covenants, yet Jesus says he didn't come to abolish the old but to fulfill it! Consider this, ever since God first created man he has bestowed on him the most precious gift ...free will. Yes, Free will! What is it? That gift is yours and mine to either accept or reject fellowship with Him by accepting or rejecting Jesus Christ. I do believe that gift of free will affords any of us the right to walk away from the gift by turning away and wondering off. May we never become apathetic or passive luke warm pharisees when dealing with our sinful state. Rather be broken and contrite before our father.
2 Timothy 4:3. Thanks for letting me share. God bless you! Randy Young