Satan is an accuser. His arrows (Eph. 6:16) are his accusations, our sins.
His greatest weapon against us are our worst acts.
Sin, while separating us from God, also fills the enemy’s quiver with arrows a plenty and his aim is our minds.
But here’s the thing – as Satan is sure to accuse us of our sins so that we are chained to despair, God is faithful to forgive, break our chains and free us to follow Him.
I’ve found one of the greatest mistakes I’ve made in my life is to fail to habitually confess my sins. This isn’t because I’m not saved, but because I’m much like Paul and I find myself at times doing what I hate. Saved people still have a struggle on our hands, in these “in between times” of the “almost, not yet Kingdom” that battle continues to rage. Yes, we are justified before God, but practically we are still living in sanctification, we are not yet fully sanctified. We must keep in mind that in this life of being sanctified we are still becoming the person God has created, saved, and redeemed us to be.
Yet this takes time and in this time, confession of sin should always be a constant in our daily rhythms of life. Yet confession of sin is actually deeper than we think. Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher, once quipped, “True faith, wherever it exists, produces works; and, among the rest, a bold, constant, consistent confession of Christ.”
When we confess our sins, it isn’t just a confession of sin but a confession of Christ. We are giving God our mess and confessing with our mouths we believe he is able to free us for joyful obedience. This isn’t some self help act of getting right with God. This is a confession of sin to disarm the accuser while we surrender to the Good Shepherd, trusting that we are always being made new.
Just as our sins worry and plague us each day, so are God’s mercies new each day. Confession of sin and of Christ are gifts the Spirit leads us into that remind us, “God sent Jesus not to condemn the world but to save the world”.
The Way of Jesus isn’t, “look at the mess you’ve made of your life Luke. How pathetic. God certainly couldn’t love you. He’s going to be a disappointed divine Dad in you until you get your life back.”
Instead, I would submit The Way is more like, “I know your deepest hurts, sins, and sufferings Luke, and this isn’t the life I created you to live. Turn to me, look to me, find forgiveness of sins, healing of hurts, hope in sufferings.”
So I confess, not because I feel guilty, but confession frees me for joyful obedience to follow the One who was obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Col 2:15, “he disarmed the rulers and authorities”. Our sin brings with it a debt that must be dealt with. Humanity has neither the means nor power to deal with this debt. God, however, does, and it is through himself, offering himself as the one who stood in our place, nailed to a cross, offering us atonement with God for sins with the forgiveness of sin.
Jesus has disarmed the enemy, may we never arm him again with our sin, therefore may we be faithful to confess our sins as we confess Christ.
Luke is Pastor of Discipleship to the community of saints, in Christ, at Nashville UMC.