Last week, Pastor Kevin started us on the journey to understanding the discipline of confession.
What is confession? - (Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary) - It’s admission, declaration, or acknowledgment, that is a significant element in the worship of God in both OT and NT. The majority of the occurrences of the term can be divided into two primary responses to God: the confession of sin and the confession of faith.
The freedom we find…confession frees us to leave the solitary confinement of sin so we can experience the freedom of being healed.
Today, I want to drive a few more points home as well as our key focus this morning and that is, to apply it liberally!
Have you heard of that phrase growing up, “Apply Liberally”?
It meant to apply something (medicinal ointment or a food topping) generously, bountifully, lavishly…
Think of it this way, would you want a cake where the baker applied the frosting in a stingy manner? I’m thinking nope! I didn’t get “in shape” from that, ha!
All joking aside, when we look at the truths of God's word, these are the most important things there are! So, Apply Liberally!!
Sermon in a sentence: Jesus poured himself out bountifully so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Don’t get trapped in a prison of your own making, He’s already provided our freedom! Confess it!
So, let’s look at those two primary responses mentioned above - the confession of sin and the confession of faith.
1. Let’s look at the confession of sin first.
1 John 1:9 - But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Check this note out, this verse confirms that if we do but one thing (confess our sin), God will do four things:
(1) demonstrate his faithful love,
(2) demonstrate justice by counting our sins paid for by Christ,
(3) forgive us for every sin, and
(4) continue a deeper work of cleansing from all aspects of sin’s defilement.
Last week, we spoke on the scripture James 5:16 (but I want to look at the context here, it’s so powerful) - James 5:13-16 says,
13 Are there any believers in your fellowship suffering great hardship and distress? Encourage them to pray! Are there happy, cheerful ones among you? Encourage them to sing out their praises! 14 Are there any sick among you? Then ask the elders of the church to come and pray over the sick and anoint them with oil in the name of our Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will heal the sick and the Lord will raise them up, and if they have committed sins they will be forgiven.
16 Confess and acknowledge how you have offended one another and then pray for one another to be instantly healed, for tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer!
Catch that? Our offenses towards each other are sins too! - The story about Grandpa and church member. -
Our confession is powerful for us and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Apply it liberally!!
2. Now, the confession of Faith -
Many of us have probably heard of the Roman Road to salvation? It is a simple yet powerful method of explaining why we need salvation(Ro 3:23, 6:23), how God provided salvation(Ro 5:8), how we can receive salvation(Ro 10:9,13), and what are the results of salvation(Ro 5:1, 8:1).
Romans 10:9,13 -
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
-The heart believes and receives the gift, then mouth gives thanks to God! (V10)
This week we’ve been reading about the events leading up to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. He told us that the same spirit that raised Him to life would dwell in us. Have you confessed the name of Jesus?? Do you acknowledge Him each day? He’s alive, making intercession for us. Let us apply this promise liberally!
Romans 8:38-39 -
38 So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. 39 There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!
This is the Hope that you have, our Living Hope is Jesus. Now, let us give God some praise!