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So, now that I have declared war let’s see what we have in the armory.

Paul tells us

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. - 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

For ages “spiritual warfare has been a topic that made many in the church a little squeamish with visions of exorcisms and bodily fluids, but this is not the warfare I am talking about today.

I want to introduce you to an extremely powerful weapon today.

Confession

First – let me be clear, I am not talking about going into a booth and telling a man of the cloth everything you have done since your last visit.

Danny Silk in his book “Culture of Honor” (everyone should read this – especially those in church leadership) uses the analogy of a bucket of paint. When our sin impacts people – it is like you swung a paint bucket around and some folks got splattered.

As to the question “to whom shall I confess?” the answer is: Look around and see who has paint on their clothes. They are the ones you impacted. There is usually not the need to make a public declaration of your confession, because by so doing, you are effectively spraying more folks from what is left in your paint bucket.

Understand, confession is not the same thing as repentance, but that is a topic for another day.

Confession is not saying – “I am sorry what I did hurt you.” Unless they were hurt by some act of righteousness, that is no confession. That is like saying I am sorry you were standing so close when I was flailing paint.

Confession acknowledges fault. “I am sorry I was stomping through that paint puddle and I am even more sorry because you were hurt by my selfish splashing.”

Confession has power that we don’t understand. The word of God declares confession to be a powerful weapon against our true enemy.

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

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. - James 5:16

You see, according to the Word of God, confession both cleans you from all unrighteousness, and heals what has been hurt by your sin. Hallelujah!

Don’t underestimate this important step.

One further thing that I have learned recently is that in our confession – the script should not be “are we OK?” We should actually ask for forgiveness. This may seem silly at first glance, but this is war, and war is extreme! In war there are no short cuts. Here - try this:

Will you forgive me?

You may need to come back later for the answer, or they may never forgive, but that is not your part.

Obviously, in some cases, more than words are necessary. Make any reparations needed, but these two simple steps are power spiritual weapons.

I am sorry. Will you forgive me?

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon

Ben

You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. (Matt 5:21-22 NASB)

During this wonderful passage we call the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes the Law that has been taught to the Jewish people for centuries and begins to explain it a completely new way.

Don’t get me wrong, the scholars of Israel had long been commenting on the holy scriptures, and teachers had been passing on these writings from generation to generation.

As I understand it, and again I am no scholar, much of this writing was putting the laws into keepable methods. (or nearly keepable anyway) They would take every area of life and tell you exactly what you could and could not do.

There were laws about how to handle your money, and your crops, and your kids, your wife, your livestock, your mothers-in-law. (Nothing was intended by the order of that last sentence – honest) There were laws and rules and procedures for everything. A Jewish life was a well-oiled machine.

But Jesus, rather than explaining to the people how they could manage their lives in such a way as not to offend God, took these laws and showed them how in every day life they were offending God even in their keeping of the laws that they supposed He imposed on them.

Later in His ministry He would go into detail about how the best keepers of the law of their day, the Pharisees, offended God by their way of keeping and enforcing the law.

Jesus just finished saying we could not get rid of the laws, now He is going to explain the heart behind them in such a way as to make them un-keepable!

The point? The law is both imperishable and impossible and YOU need a Savior!

Jesus is that Savior, who lived a life that pleased God, died a death that appeased God, and now offers you that life for your's, so you can please God too. [Tweet This]

Will you bow your knee to this Jesus and allow Him to be your Master, King, Boss and God? Do it today!

How? (you might ask) No magic words, no hocus pocus. Simply own (admit) your inability to live a life pleasing to God. Confess everything in your life that He brings to mind that may have offended God, and surrender the CEO position in your life to Him. If you do this with all your heart, He will begin to show you how to change those things you confessed (this is called repentance) and He will guide you into a new life. A full and free life.

If you did that today, let me know! You can direct message me @MrBnd or you can post a comment below.

Thanks for reading today.

Ben

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