The Obsession of Confession

The Obsession of Confession

This sermon will soon be turned into a book, given its magnitude and importance to the Christian life.  Full of revelation and insights, I’ve not even begun to exhaust the subject. And because of that these ten pages of notes were hardly even touched during the actual sermon, but that which came out was truly Spirit led and full of grace and truth.

That being said, I crossed a line in this sermon… as you will hear me do and apologize for. The flesh is full of fear, the mind incredibly nimble and slippery but that’s no excuse.

The other reason a book needs to be written is that there is so much to this idea of how God uses confession to maintain our relationship with him, that I desperately failed to get it across in such a short time.

But if you take what you experience here, and allow it to settle within your soul… then you can take it further by allowing it to settle within your own soul and change you.

There’s one more thing… the benediction song we sang was not the one you will find appended to the end of the written portion of the sermon. I was so out of sorts after what I did, that I instead of singing it, I just went with what our pianist had written on the card.  It killed the mood of the sermon and sealed the failure of its impact. Therefore, stay tuned, as I may decide to re-preach it or add to it here.

My notes for the sermon are below, I hope this is somehow a blessing to you.

 

The Obsession of Confession

 

Jude 20 – 25 (24)

20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Obsession: an idea or thought that continually
preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.
I Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.

 

This verse aptly describes CONFESSION with two objectives:

1) It keeps us from falling

2) It presents us faultless

 

It’s the spiritual life we need to learn, not the physical one.

The physical world is the result of spiritual life. Trying to affect the physical world externally is like trying to fly an airplane by forcing the air around the wings to cooperate. NO, you control how the airfoil engages the wind around it and the net result becomes the magic of flight.

We live in a carnal, physical world but have been save Unto a holy, spiritual world.

We needed a bridge to join the two so God gave His only begotten son to bridge that gap and through confession we are able to receive everything God established in Him, which is “all power in heaven and in earth.”

 

Objective: To objectify the need for confession for both salvation and as a means to receive blessings from God.

 

Adam and Eve sinned and broke fellowship, but they never confessed because they didn’t know how.

 

Had Adam and Eve truly been made wiser by eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would have known what to do immediately upon the transgression. They would have known to confess their sins to God and restore fellowship with Him.

Of course, this was impossible, “seeing” as the very nature of their sin was what blinded their minds from understanding.

2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

So they put forth their own works

to make things right.

 

Instead they tried to cover it up with the work of their own hands by sewing aprons, using the work of their own hands from fig leaves in what they no doubt began to consider “their” garden.

 

The apron symbolizes man as a viable intercessor such as the apron’s worn by many cults of modern culture, so God had to begin teaching them about confession by making them coats of skins.

 

Note: God didn’t give them aprons that simply covered their genital area, but rather “coats” that covered their entire being. Someday we will wear robes of righteousness.

 

Revelation 7:9-14

[9] After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; [10] And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. [11] And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, [12] Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. [13] And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? [14] And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. …

 

 

I can’t be dogmatic about the following statement but the more I study, the more the following concepts helps the Bible make sense.

 

It doesn’t appear that they “ate an apple,” rather Eve fornicated with the Serpent and produced his seed, possibly the line of Cain, as alluded to in Genesis 3:15.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

 

And later in Genesis 6 Satan’s fallen angels join-in to fornicate with the daughters of men, producing giants in the earth, ultimately birthing Nimrod, through the line of Cain, who established cities and the foundation for the occult world and all false religions of today.

 

And maybe that’s got something to do with the entire Bible being obsessed with warning us against sexual sin as symbolized in the Bible through references to brides, fornication, adultery and harlots.  

 

It also reveals Satan’s seed fighting against the woman’s seed (Christ) to destroy it.

 

God then chased them out of the garden, lest they eat of the Tree of Life and live forever in their transgression, eternally locked away from fellowship with God. So, He proclaimed the gospel to them in Genesis 3:15 and set in motion the hands of time that would come to be known as the history of the world, broken into two testament, all the way up to now.

 

What does all this have to do with confession? It resonates as the foundation of the war that rages around us and the bottom line to that war. Confessing that Jesus is Christ and Christ is God is what opens us up to eternal truths and a lifting of the scales from our eyes to drink of the water of life.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirtst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

It explains the history of man in light of Lucifer’s proclamation to overthrow God in Isaiah 14 and resolves Romans 5:14 in a way that makes sense. Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

 

It’s why the Lord says that when a man’s heart is so defiled and their conscience so seared that they deny God in their whole being… God gives them over to a reprobate mind, a reference to sexual dissonance.

 

Confession is spiritual consummation and NOT confessing Him as Lord is spiritual deprivation and suicide.  Also, if you read Song of Solomon in light of this… you will see a beautiful representation of the holy love of God enveloping His bride when she lays her confessed heart at His feet (a Boaz and Ruth reference) in humility and full submission to His will, bringing to mind Abraham’s wife Sarah when she called her husband “lord.”

So having conjured up this beautiful picture of confession, let’s consider the obsession of confession that ought to accompany the Christian life.

Confession – 44 times in Bible, 44 = “Judgment”

 

* It happens in the Soul: Confess Sins to God (first for forgiveness unto salvation, then for fellowship)   Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Prov 28:14 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

* It happens in the Spirit: Confess Faults to the Church –
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

* It happens in the Body: Confess Jesus to Others Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

 

Now, let’s try to understand the idea of confession.

 

So what is Confession? It’s the heart-act of acknowledging and accepting Christ, wherein you are at the same time denying and refusing Satan and his lie. Combined with obsession, this is the essence of
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.

 

Confess: Admission, acknowledgment; a guilty plea….
To give thanks and praise,to acknowledge and celebrate.

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

 

When we confess our sins, we are saying “God is most high and we are placing our trust in Him. When we don’t confess them, we are going in the way of Cain (Jude 11) and are exercising our will, not His.

 

Confession is a surrendering of our carnal will to His holy will.

 

Why does this matter? Because the carnal mind is death, but the spiritual mind is life and peace. Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

1 Timothy 2:1-2  I exhort therefore, that, first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peacable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

What is the truth? The truth is… we need a mediator to take our confessions to God… and that is the role of Christ.

 

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

So Confess your sins…

8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

God’s commandment to women to be mild-mannered and subjective… as a perpetual reminder that they are prone to transgressing, when seperated from the man from which they were formed.

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

11 Let the woman learn in silence (quietness, meekness, not a busybody) with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (Here God is setting up the role of follower and leader, the most effective way to rule and reign. Hence we become His bride.)

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. (Jesus is the author of our faith, we were created in His image…)

14 And Adam was not deceived, (to cheat and mock) but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (rebellion, sin) (God is pure, we are the ones who have sinned against Him)

15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. (God’s mercy endureth)

  1. (The Antonym to Confess) Deny: To deceive, disappoint, fail, refuse and lie
  2. Eve was deceived… Deceive: To cheat and mock (She cheated on her husband and on God with the serpent) Deception is always Satan’s first step towards causing us to fall.

 

  1. Which caused her to transgress… Transgression: Rebellion, sin

 

So to understand confession we must first recognize it is the spiritual means by which we receive. Hence we must “pray/ ASK” of God, in order to receive forgiveness through confession. The very act of asking for forgiveness, subjects us to Him and aligns us with Him. It is the runway our blessings land upon.

 

Second, we must recognize that sin is what leads to a need for confession.

 

It was the process of Eve’s deception that led to her transgression.

 

James 1:12-16 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

 

Transgression is the process of birthing sin. Literally and figuratively.

 

We see the both the cycle of sin and of human life embedded in Eve’s transgression…

 

  • Temptation: Despair or testing  (Sensual attraction is a type of temptation)

 

  • Drawn away of one’s own lust: Marriage is God’s provision for this
  • Enticed: Consummation – The marriage bed, undefiled
  • Conception of lust: Conception of a baby
  • Sin The sin nature of any human
  • The playing out of sin: The continual act of acting upon sin in any human
  • Death: The end result of sin

 

 

 

So God cursed Eve with pain during childbirth, to remind her of this process. To remind us all of the pain of death through sin.

 

Dana served God with faith, charity and holiness in sobriety when Caleb and Halley were born. Her child-bearing experiences in both instances were relatively painless and effortless. Even she will attest to this, I’m not just being insensitive. We praise God for this promise, it seems to have been born out faithfully, in her case.

 

Third, it helps to integrate the bigger picture from the beginning.

 

Here, Adam is a picture of Christ and Eve is a picture of fallen man. And their offspring, Cain and Abel, are a picture of free will.

 

We are born into this world without condemnation on our record until such a time as we rightfully and knowingly commit transgress against God, through the process of the Transgression cycle we see in James 1.

 

Then we are condemned until such a time we find ourselves willing to acknowledge Christ as God, and ASK forgiveness, whereby accepting him.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

In so doing we are condemning Satan, the tempter, by transferring the guilt and payment of our sin to Christ and the bruising of His heel on the cross which in turn bruises the serpent’s head.

 

Our confessed sins intensifies Satan’s torture and further condemns his kingdom of fallen angels and false prophets… as raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; as wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
~ Jude 13

 

CONCLUSION

You see, confessing our sins to God is an unseen tool that empowers us with His Spirit while at the same time chasing away Satan. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

“James” is derived from “Jacob,” meaning Supplanter, to trip up or overthrow.

 

The book of James speaks much about our faith and ability to “overthrow” the devil. To Supplant him with the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

Confession is our life-line to God. It’s what binds us to Christ. It’s how we make room for the Holy Ghost. It’s our path to righteousness in Him.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

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Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

 

So most of all, confession to God, through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit is how we enter into His courts with praise (forgive us this day our trespasses) because by aligning our hearts with Him through confession, we give our God great joy. And that joy of the Lord IS our strength.

 

This is the obsession we ought to have with confession.

 

Closing Hymn:  Nothing Between My Soul and the Saviour

 

Nothing between my soul and the Savior,

Naught of this world’s delusive dream;

I have renounced all sinful pleasure;

Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between. Nothing between my soul and the Savior,

So that His blessed face may be seen;

Nothing preventing the least of His favor,

 Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

 

Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;

Habits of life, though harmless they seem,

Must not my heart from Him e’er sever;

He is my all, there’s nothing between.

 

Nothing between, like pride or station;

Self-life or friends shall not intervene;

Though it may cost me much tribulation,

I am resolved; there’s nothing between.

 

Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,

Though the whole world against me convene;

Watching with prayer and much self-denial,

I’ll triumph at last, with nothing between.

 

The Obsession of Confession is to this end…


Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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