The Power of Confession
I’m an out-of-the-box thinker in a lot of ways, which sometimes gets me into trouble. At other times, my way of thinking takes me from out of the shadows to center stage where I’m most uncomfortable. Yet, lately God seems to be placing me in more and more uncomfortable positions and places. Today’s devotion on confession exposed the concern I have only to have that concern replaced with the fact that when I let God know my heart, He reminds me that I can depend on Him even in my uncomfortableness. And that is where I sit this morning—I serve a dependable God.
I suspect we all know what it’s like to be let down, sometimes it’s merely frustrating but at other times it causes disaster. With all things being equal, I also suspect that we each invariably choose the family member, friend, worker or company who is the most dependable. We’re all looking for people who can be counted on, people who will do what they said they would do, and do it on time.
Often we introverts align dependability with loyalty and either can be to our detriment if we’re not careful. For example, when I make a promise, I do my best to keep that promise, even when circumstances change or when new information arises. But don’t get it twisted; it doesn’t mean I never pick up the phone to ask for help; I just do it less often.
The Bible from cover to cover urges us to be dependable and faithful.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10 NLT
Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 NLT
These were his instructions to them: “You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. 2 Chronicles 19:9 NLT
The last verse reached down deep in my spirit this morning as I’ve been wrestling with some stuff that require I make a decision and follow through with it. Yet, my fear cannot be in people or outcomes, but must be in the LORD only.
And as if the Spirit wanted me to really understand these principles, I read this by quote by Lloyd Ogilvie,
“What if God was only faithful when he felt like it, only dependable part of the time, only loving on special occasions? Thank goodness, He is always faithful to His own nature. The world desperately needs to see that same kind of faithfulness in our lives.
May we be encouraged to remain faithful in whatever God has called us to do. Maybe we need to repent and confess our wrong doing. Doing so leads to restoration and healing. God is faithful; let’s go and do likewise.
God’s Got It…so we can REST—Sin affects every aspect of our
lives. Repentance and confession of sin is necessary for freedom from guilt and our total well-being.
Loving My Life