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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dire Disconnects: Confess to Reconnect

Christmas light looking in our neighborhood, Dec. 2010

Did you do it? Take the challenge, that is! Today I’m excited to share how to reconnect our “Dire Disconnects” through confession of sin. This very simply means acknowledging or admitting that we’re not perfect and have made a mistake. Wrong committed. Made a poor choice. Missed the mark. Fallen short.

Confessing to reconnect enthuses me. For one, it reminds me of my awesome husband who extended God’s grace and forgiveness to me over 13 years ago when I confessed my not so good girl ways to him when we began dating. Second, embracing confession has truly FREED me…from guilt, regret, shame, feelings of worthlessness, impurity, uncleanliness, etc. Finally, as my Daddy says, “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” So, if we’re woman enough to face our shortcomings, we’re already over the hump to resolving our “issues.”

Calling sin for what it really is—SIN, separation from God, death-earner—RECONNECTS spiritual “shorts.” Confessing sin enables us to push past problems and move on toward liberty, greater purpose, and significance. Real and genuine living. Full and abundant life kind of stuff. Opposite of the pit-wallowing, messy, try to cover it up or feel perpetually shameful about garbage.

Amazing timed lights in tune to music, Christmas 2010
Confession of sin gives us hope and purity from any and everything wrong we’ve ever done or will ever do. “All” leaves no exemption for THAT (unmentionable) sin. God’s faithfulness and justice provides TOTAL FORGIVENESS and PURIFICATION for me, for you, for everyone who brings their “stuff” before Him to be covered by the precious and perfect blood of His Son, Jesus. We must just bring it. Confess it. Utter it. Say it. Call it like it is—SIN. I’m sorry, Lord. I thought _______, I said _______, I did _______. Will you forgive me and make me clean and brand new?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Initially, we confessed our need for Jesus to forgive us when we became believers. We received His gift of ‘take it to the bank’ eternal life, secured. We also received the Holy Spirit in our hearts—the presence of Jesus WITH US, IN US—so we can have guidance, be convicted of sin, understand God’s word, and possess His kind of peace even in turmoil. Nevertheless, just like our earthly homes never seem to remain picked up or meticulously clean without regular maintenance, so our hearts and minds also need to be kept up. Regular confession of sin, like daily/weekly housecleaning, restores our hearts and bridges ongoing “connection” with the Lord.

Let’s bring it, sisters! Confess to Reconnect!

Related Posts:

Dire Disconnects from Artificial to Authentic: A Challenge to Consider what we Cherish
Dire Disconnects: Bridge to Connection
When we Drop the Ball: An Intro to Head and Heart Disconnects

2 comments:

  1. Amen and amen!
    I need to confess that the roots of my current depression are anger, disappointment and a lack of trust in the Goodness of our GOD.
    "LORD, please forgive me and clean my heart as only YOU can!"

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  2. Lord, I pray for Jess today. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Refresh her with JOY in your presence. Lord, remind her of who you are and the benefits of following you...(Psalm 103)...forgiveness, healing, redemption, love, compassion, satisfaction, renewal, righteousness, justice, divine revelation, grace, patience (slow to anger), and gentleness. May you overwhelm her with your goodness and presence in her personal life TODAY. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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