Confession is an interaction with the Lord that we live by throughout our Christian life. We need to confess daily and even moment-by-moment in our walk with the Lord in order to maintain our fellowship with Him. My question is:
“What do we do when we confess, yet know that we are going to commit the same sin again?”
In our group time, we had this feeling and saw there are two ways that we deal with this. The first was that we would confess and, as a result, we have a huge feeling of hypocrisy. This was because we knew that we would commit this same sin again. The second was, instead of putting this thought aside, we would just refuse to confess a certain sin, thus distancing ourselves from the Lord.
However, the Lord showed us the natural feeling we had did not matter – all we need to do is confess!
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
In regards to the extent of our confession, the Lord always wants us to deeply touch Him. Sometimes it is not so delightful to just say to the Lord, “Lord, I am sorry!” and then carry on our daily practices. To actually touch the Lord in a deep and exercised way is much sweeter to Him. The more deeply we touch the Lord through our confession, the more we regain our fellowship with Him, thus touching His person and allowing a deeper mingling to take place.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me.”
If the enemy calls you a hypocrite, all you have to say to him is, Satan, even if I commit this sin once again, all it will do is draw me closer to the Lord next time I confess!
I realised that no matter what we do, confession is crucial in maintaining a proper relationship with the Lord. When we confess, it clears our conscience (the window to our spirit) which allows the Lord to touch us, thus allowing His life to flow into us.
Ephesians 3:19 “And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.”
Lord, we want live a life of confession in order to maintain our fellowship with You in our spirit. Fill us, Lord!
[Sharing by brother D. Titchener from his enjoyment in the recent 2012 Students Training in Bower House]