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Confessing to God is the beginning, not the end, of facing reality. Our relationship has been scorched by my sin, erecting a barbed wire fence blocking any reunion and bloodying me in the attempt. But confession makes healing and restoration possible, and it can be done anytime, anywhere, alone or with another.

It’s like a garden hose with a nozzle on the end. The water (Holy Spirit) is on and the pressure is in the hose (calling me to repent so we can be intimate again). God’s desire to be close to me is plain and consistent, yet there is no restoration, no release. But when my desire joins his; when I am finally willing to look at the truth of my action and I confess, acknowledging reality, my surrender opens the nozzle and lets pure, clean water flow over my wounds, and healing begins. 

“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”  – Psalm 32: 3-5


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I often experience the recognition of and desire for beneficial outcomes before possessing the maturity to receive them. When God answers my request with “no,” my flesh encourages me to hear, “You can’t have that,” or “Never!” But the Holy Spirit has shown me that the real nature of his response is frequently, “Not yet.” He withholds providing what I’ve asked for, not because the request is wrong or out of a desire to deprive me, but rather his wisdom is waiting to give the good outcome I’ve asked for until I’ve grown to the point where saying “Yes” will truly be the full blessing he loves to give. And that makes me love him even more.

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