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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

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As I mentioned the other day, I was in a bit of a funk. This particular funk came about in a period of convergence. I am not talking about some astrological event. I am talking about a much more terrestrial phenomenon. Though it has some similarities as I think about it.

Over the course of the last few months, I have said yes to a few people, while not pruning my existing schedule. All those ‘yeses’ seemed to converge on my calendar, aligning a number of schedule orbits.

When these orbits align themselves like this there is a pretty natural consequence. Pressure builds.

There is a sin that “easily besets me” as the scripture says, a temptation that tiptoes up and knocks on my door from time to time, that I normally can withstand pretty well, but in times of these schedule convergences, my resistance lowers and I buy in to my old friend enemy self-pity.

Now my problem here is that I don’t always see it as the ferocious enemy that it is. It presents itself as a cuddly kitten that clearly needs to be entertained and embraced. It feels like an old friend.

The tricky part about self-pity is that often times the ones who love you allow self-pity, unlike other, less ‘godly’ sins. My wife would never suggest I head down to the strip joint to let off some steam. My brother elders would not tell me to get drunk and forget my problems. But in my clever presentation of self-pity, I can elicit others to fuel my own self-destructive behavior.

The real point I want to make today is that there are sins in our lives, (clearly self-pity is one for me) that we don’t recognize as deadly, and so we allow them to slip into place, and begin their destruction of all that we have built. Once in, they set up house keeping. Paul calls it a stronghold.

We must identify these as sin and begin to hate them. We must go to war with them.

Sin – any sin – leads to death at some level. [Tweet This]

Remember James’ progression?

But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. - James 1:14-15

  • Temptation of our own lust
  • Sin is born
  • Death is harvested

These ‘little’ enemies must be destroyed or they will eat our lunches. (and hey – I like lunch)

My self-pity and your _______________  is killing us.

This means WAR!

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

Let’s mix it up today.

Ben

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