Confession to God is the process of thinking through things carefully until we come to the place where we think and speak the same as what god thinks and speaks about us and our situation(s). (Confession: From a Greek word meaning "to speak the same," also meaning to "assent," that is to consider something care- fully and then come into agreement.)
Confession is a much larger concept than simply admitting when we have done something wrong. Confession and repentance are necessary after we have sinned; however, confession is a powerful spiritual weapon to use against sin when it comes to us in the form of temptation. When sin comes to us to tempt us into sinning, sincere confession puts God to work on our behalf to send away the sin according to I John 1:9.
Tools to help us get our thoughts and our words in alignment with God:
- Ask yourself the question, "What would Jesus say about me and my situation?"
- Answer the following questions from God's perspective as though God were speaking to you:
- What effect is this __________________ having on my relationship to God?
- What effect is this __________________ having on the fruit of the Spirit in me?
- How does this ___________________ make me feel about myself?
- What effect is this ________________ having on my relationships to those that are closest to me?
- What good thing that God wants me to have in my life is this _______________ trying to steal, kill or destroy?
- Make sure that your answers agree with the Word of God from the Bible and His heart of compassion towards us.
- Now declare the answers that God has given you for the five questions above.
Now, continue confessing and declaring the answers to these questions whenever needed. If you are finding and speaking what God would speak, you are speaking the truth. God and all of Heaven will support the truth.
Confess and declare the truth no matter how you feel. If you will persist in this process, eventually your mind and your heart will come into agreement with God’s truth.
- Confession requires a simultaneous commitment to obedience or the confession is merely meaningless words that will result in an unstable life.
As you persist in this process, you will mature and you will become better trained to discern good and evil. (Matthew 7:21-27; Hebrews 5:11-14; John 7:17; 8:31, 32)