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Confess

Weekly Devotionals

Confess

Nehemiah 1:5-7

5 And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.

 

Although many of us have heard of the importance of confessing our sins, we often forget the significance of the person we are confessing to and don’t necessarily think about what the end result will be after our confession. Some of us may have confessed before just so we won’t have to feel guilty anymore but there is much more happening when we confess our sins with an understanding of WHO we are confessing to.

In our passage today, the prophet Nehemiah confessed the sins of his people, the Israelites, as well as the sins of his family and his own sins. He did this when the nation was in trouble and he knew it was because of their own sins. Their sins were causing danger in their community and there were repercussions that could not be controlled by anyone. Nehemiah knew he had to pray to God not only because He knew God was the only one who could help but also because He knew God’s promises and what would happen if they changed and remembered God again – God would help them.  They were being asked to stop doing things that would simply satisfy their immediate selfish needs and remember God and their eternal identity in Him. They were asked to remember the things God had done to keep them from death and slavery because He loved them.

We don’t confess our sins simply to stop feeling guilt but because we know we have a Maker – an eternal Father who loves us and wants to give us life and love that does not end.

We also confess our sins because we know it gives us freedom from trying to cover up things we know are wrong and creating a new identity for ourselves that isn’t real. It frees us from living a false life and keeps us connected to Truth. So, in a way, confession of our sins also protects us because it keeps us from going down paths that can lead to confusion within our own minds.

Without confession, we would end up thinking we need to take matters into our own hands to protect ourselves from getting found out. We would be ignoring the fact that God forgives and is really the only person who could make things right when we messed up. We would be choosing not to believe that God is fighting for us to get through this life in peace and joy knowing He will save us.

Brothers and sisters, I encourage you to confess your sins to God and to one another when you mess up because we have a Father who is full of mercy and love for you and will fight for you the way He always has from the beginning of time to make things right. I encourage you to enjoy the freedom we have been given when we own up to our actions and allow God to do His work to transform us AND the people around us.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the cooler weather!
With love.