There is a saying, “Confession is good for the soul”. However, it is a challenge. We can be free by acknowledging our wrongs and starting on the right path. It is the only way to be free. If you have a stronghold in a certain area, prayer and fasting is the answer. The disciples asked Jesus after He cast out a demon in a man (Matthew 17:19-21), “Why couldn’t we cast out the demon?” Jesus told the disciples it was because of their unbelief; this kind of demon would only come out through prayer and fasting.
1 John 1:19 says if we confess our sins, God will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We can also confide in someone godly that we trust:
James 1:5 says confess your faults and pray for each other so you can be healed. The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.
We want the kind of confession and sorrow that leads to repentance. It is good to admit and feel bad about what we have done, but unless action takes place for change it will lead to destruction.
2 Corinthians 7:10: New Living Translation 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There is no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
A great example of confessing and making a turnaround is the parable Jesus gave on the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. The prodigal son’s father was wealthy. Our Heavenly Father owns everything. The prodigal son asked for his inheritance. God has blessed us with some things we asked for. The prodigal son wasted all his money on women, drinking, and living wild. Many of us have mishandled things God blessed us with, done things our way, and forgotten about God. After he wasted all he had, he began to be in want. He was hired to feed the pigs. He got so low that he wanted to eat what the pigs ate. Many of us can say sin has brought us down. Doing things on our own can fail, and material things can run out. The prodigal son came to his senses and went back home to His father. For many of us, it took coming to the end of ourselves to realize that we could not make it without God. The good news is his father saw him from far off, was moved with compassion, ran to him, threw his arms around him, and kissed him. God is waiting for us with open arms when we are ready. Our Heavenly Father is compassionate and will not condemn us as many people do. For those who are not saved, you can make your confession through Romans 10:9-10, and God will welcome you into the family of God. The prodigal son repented. His father cleaned him up, put him on the finest clothes, and threw a feast/party. Our Heavenly Father restores us once we turn to him, confess, and live a life in obedience to Him.
Confess! Get Up Out That Mess!
Prayer: God, thank you for your unfailing love. I know you take pleasure in giving me the kingdom (Luke 12:32). I repent for forgetting about you and letting other people/things get my affection. I confess my sins, turn from evil, and now I am clean. I return to you, God and today you will restore double to me according to Zechariah 9:12. I give you the praise, glory, and honor in Jesus’ name!