You’ll never guess what I’m about to confess.
There’s no need to try. I’m about to tell you.
Perhaps you usually think of the word confess like this: “confess your faults one to another” that you may be healed (James 5:16). But that’s not where I’m going with this devotional word.
I’m using the word, confess in more of a positive way to declare faith and adherence to scriptural principles. These quick confessions are designed to give evidence and admit to repeated attempts at doing right.
I encourage you to make these your own and expand this list.
1. Confessions of a frequent giver: It’s been my life pursuit to give more than I get. However, I’m finding it difficult to out-give the generosity of our gracious God. Proverbs 28:27 tells us, “He that gives to the poor will not lack…”
It’s not what you’d do with a million dollars if a million were your lot; it’s what you’re going to do with the dollar that you’ve got. Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you…” (see Luke 6:38).
2. Confessions of a frequent thinker: God captured your mind when you were saved. Satan wants it back. Romans 12: 2 teaches us to not be “conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Scripture counsels: “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy” – think on these things (Philippians 4:8)! As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (see Proverbs 23:7). So what should you be thinking?
3. Confessions of a frequent kneeler: The altar is not a place of disgrace. It’s a place of added grace. Hebrews 4:16 encourages: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Really, it’s pretty simple. If you need more grace, you seek His face. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
Confessions, confessions – God wants to hear them all. If you have some negative ones that you need to make, God has made provision for your forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. If you have positive ones that give Him praise, He is worthy of that too!
Do you have any positive confessions of faith that you’d like to share publicly? Are these three confessions a part of your Christian journey?