One might wonder why often times they have confessed a sin, and yet are still met with the same challenge as if they gained no power over it. We often times think of confession as something WE have the power to do, but this is not so. Father has to grant us the ability to confess. Let’s take a look real quick and see why this is so.
The word Confess in the Greek means “To acknowledge or to AGREE fully”. G1843 I also find it interesting how in the Old Testament the word confess is used this way.
- To say the SAME thing as another, to AGREE with another
- Not to refuse, not to DENY
- To DECLARE
The list goes on!
So then what are we AGREEING FULLY with?
John 16 verse 8 tells us, “when he, the Comforter is come, he will reprove the world of *SIN*.”
Father is trying to reprove us of our wrong by presenting it before us like he did with Jacob during his time of trouble. David also made this same confession when they wanted to kill him for having such little faith.
When we are in a state of rebellion and sin we are not capable of acknowledging our error without Gods spirit revealing it to us, this is why we cannot confess by ourselves God has to grant of repentance. This is one of the functions of the Spirit. If the Spirit has then revealed that sin, and we do not acknowledge our sin, and instead continue to make excuses for it, we are not in agreement with God. 1 Corinthians 3:9 tells us that we are to be co-laborers together with Christ. This means to work fully, agreeing, and having ONE mind, and ONE goal. Scripture also tells us in Romans 12:2 that, we are to be transformed by the *renewing* of our mind. The word renewing means to “COMPLETELY CHANGE for the BETTER.”
We cannot work together with God, when we are constantly walking in our own flesh.
“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.”
So then if we do not see our sin as enmity with God, how then can we make a true confession? We cannot. This is why we have to ask God for a NEW HEART, and this is exactly what he has promised to give us. Ezekiel 11:19 says, “And I will give them ONE heart, and I will put a NEW SPIRIT within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh.”
When we begin to recognize our condition and the harm that our sin has caused, we will feel the sorrow of repentance, and TRUE Confession will follow.
2 Corinthians 7:10
“For GODLY sorrow worketh REPENTANCE to SALVATION. . . but the sorrow of the WORLD worketh DEATH”
David States in Psalms 34:18
“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;(the stoney heart) and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit (Mind).”
Only when we agree fully with what the Spirit has diagnosed us with can we relate to this Psalm.
Sadly, most confess only to avoid punishment, and this is why they are met again and again with the same destruction. When our hearts are changed by conviction, and a true repentance is had, the things of this world will no longer tempt us to sin. God has given us this little thing called guilt which is actually the spirit chastening us.
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
We must TRULY confess our sins, with the confession of the heart and then “He is faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:19)