Going Where the Church Is Not Yet

Confession is a spiritual discipline, a soul-training exercise that God uses to transform our relationship with him and with others. It’s in confession that we examine ourselves and begin to chip away at the ‘truth decay’ of our past. We openly examine our faults, stepping out of denial, confessing those hidden secrets to God and to someone we trust. This week’s devotional reflections center on “confession” and are from the Celebrate Recovery Study Bible. Each day represents a letter in the word CONFESS.

Monday – Proverbs 28.13. “C stands for confess your shortcomings, resentments, and sins. God wants us to come clean, to admit that wrong is wrong, that we are guilty as charged. Confession means that we agree with God regarding our sins. Confession is necessary for restoring our fellowship with God. Our sins have erected barriers between us and God, and also between us and others. As we confess, we’ll find the peace and freedom for which we’ve been searching most of our lives.”

Tuesday – Romans 14.11-12. “O stands for obey God’s direction. First, we confess (admit) our faults to ourselves, and to God. We do that so we can be forgiven. Then we do as we’re instructed in James 5.16: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. We do this so we can start the healing process with ourselves and others.”

Wednesday – Romans 8.1; 3.23-24. “N stands for no more guilt. This principle can restore our confidence and repair our relationships. It allows us to move on from our rearview-mirror way of living that has kept us looking back and second-guessing both ourselves and others. The verdict is in: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified by His grace through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus. So the first three letters of confess compose the word CON. The point is that the con is over. We have followed God’s direction on how to confess our wrongs. The secrets we’ve been hiding are finally out in the open.”

Thursday – John 8.12. “F reminds us to face the truth. After we fess up, we’ll begin to have positive changes in our lives. The first is that we will be able from that point on to face the truth. It has been said that man occasionally stumbles over the truth, but most of the time he’ll pick himself up and continue on. Redemption and recovery don’t work like that–they require honesty–honesty that will keep us from returning to the darkness of our hurts, habits, and hang-ups.”

Friday – Psalm 32.3-5. “E stands for ease the pain. A person who speaks the truth is always at ease. The next positive change that confession brings is precisely this: it relieves our pain. We’re only as sick as our secrets. When we share our deepest secrets, we begin to divide the pain and the shame. A healthy self-worth begins to develop— one that is no longer based on the world’s standards but on the truth of Jesus Christ. Pain is inevitable for all of us, but misery is optional!”

Saturday – Matthew 7.3. “The first S stands for stop the blame, which is another positive change resulting from confessing our sins and faults. It’s been said that people who can smile when something goes wrong probably have just thought of somebody to blame it on. But the truth is that we can’t find peace and serenity if we continue to blame ourselves or others. When we confess, we accept the blame for the wrongs we’ve committed and are freed to move ahead in our recovery.”

Sunday – 2 Corinthians 5.19. “The final S stands for start accepting God’s forgiveness. Once we accept God’s forgiveness, we are able to look others in the eye. We see ourselves and our actions in a new light. In confession, we open our lives to the healing, reconciling, restoring, uplifting grace of Jesus Christ, who loves us in spite of ourselves.”