Confession is Good for the Soul
Ever had one of those spiritual "Eureka!" moments? Well, I just did and I've just got to share!! Here it is: Confession is good for the soul - for MY soul! Confused? Well, allow me to explain...
First - a bit of history: From 1999 - 2007 I was part of a nondenominational ministry. It was a great church. I learned a lot and grew by leaps and bounds. Sadly a little before I left, things began to take a not-so-good turn. Subtly at first, then not so much so, the focus began to shift to prosperity. Let's just say, it was the word of faith movement gone awry. I only mention this because one of the things we did often at this church was to make confessions; meaning we searched the scriptures that were relevant to whatever issues we were facing and we would declare them daily, both as a church and individually. The unspoken premise was that by declaring God's word we could get him to do what we wanted done...
Fast forward - October 2007, I found myself back in my home state. For those who have seen the movie The Wiz, coming home was comparable to the scene at the end when the wicked witch had been killed and all the workers begin to sing and dance and celebrate their freedom. The actors are in these costumes then at one point they unzip come out of the costumes as the people within emerge. It's a perfect picture of being freed from bondage. I hadn't even realized I was in bondage, but as I time passed it became clear.
So there I was; spiritually burnt out. I ran from anything and everything that even hinted at prosperity, confession, and all of that. My spiritual pendulum had swung to the opposite end of the spectrum and that was fine with me... for a while anyway. In time I came to the place where I could "eat the meat and spit out the bones." [translation: hold on to the good and let go of the bad]. I started to sense the power I gained from confessing God's word was missing, but it had been so distorted that I hesitated to go back there. I needed to adjust my perception and recognize that confession is not about hurling His words back at Him and making *demands on Him as though He is in any way obligated to do my bidding.
So, this morning I remembered Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." (NKJV) and it hit me. Confession is not for God at all, it's for ME, to remind ME of what God has spoken concerning my life and help me remain focused and encouraged while He perfects everything that concerns me! (Ps 138:8) BOOM! How cool is that?!
I'm excited about getting into the Word to see what it says about the things I'm experiencing right now. I'm more excited to start speaking that Word out loud over my circumstances and situations and to watch God work it all out for His glory!
What about you beloved? Is there something you used to do early on in your Christian walk, something that helped you grow in Him, that you stopped doing for one reason or another? I have the feeling that if we are willing to adjust our perspective and pick those things back up, God is willing and able to do amazing things on our behalf. Are you game?
Have a blessed day!