Can freedom be found through confession? I believe it can. After going through my inventory in Step 4 God revealed to me things in my past where I had fallen short. In effect, I was the root of a lot of my troubles. Instead of choosing God first in my life, I chose other things as sources of comfort. I discovered through this journey of mine, in order to have a healthy life, I must choose God before all other things. Now through Step 7, I know I must confess my sins to God so I may be forgiven and cleansed.
It took months for me to realize I had been putting myself before God. I worried more about what people in the world thought of me than what my Creator thought. I concerned myself with how I could control the people, situations, and outcomes around me instead of seeing that God is in control of the entire universe. I believed I could change the people who hurt me instead of seeing how God was changing me through my hurts.
I discovered through this journey of mine, in order to have a healthy life, I must choose God before all other things.
Realizing this through carefully walking with God through the first seven steps of recovery, I found freedom. I am free from being a people pleaser, now I am a God pleaser. I am free from the burden of trying to control and freely allow God to be the controller. I am free to understand that I am being transformed by the blood of Jesus every day. He is my redeemer and through my confession of sins to my Father, I am purified and forgiven.
1 John 1:9 reminds me of this important truth.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
You see, I am not perfect. I strive to be, but until I am on the other side of this world I cannot be perfect. I am flawed, but I need God to redeem me and purify me.
Take me to the next post in the series.
Think About It:
Have you found freedom from your sins? Why or why not?
How has God changed you over the last 7 months?
Are you seeking God before all other things? Explain.
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Journal About it:
Follow along in the My Journey Journal© (subscriber password required) and write about how the questions and scriptures today resonated with you. As you write, thank Him for showing you the way in your journey.
Pray About it:
As you think and write, say this prayer with me.
Thank you for showing me the freedom you offer through confession. I praise you for your faithfulness to forgive me of my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness. Without you, this is not possible and I thank you for that.
In Jesus' name,
Talk About it:
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