Confession: Running Back To The Foot Of The Cross


The Lion Loosed

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)


The Lesson Learned

Believers are to be ready at all times to acknowledge and confess our failures to God when His light exposes them to us. And He remains faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Those who flee quickly to the feet of Jesus in repentance save themselves from a world of hurt. We were never meant to remain the same – wallowing in the pig pen of our own poor choices.
True repentance is not to be merely a confession rather it is to be a change in the direction of our ways. As we run to the feet of Jesus, He cleanses and purifies us as well as strengthens us through the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord Jesus. My Mother used to say “‘I’m sorry’ is worthless unless accompanied by change” – right? We don’t want to keep repeating the same wrong. Even though we continually fall, the goal in Christlikeness is to be falling less and falling forward, Amen? That is one way we can tell we are progressing in our faith. We are all sinners and we all need repentance or we would be home with the Lord. Not one of us is perfect. Not one. Genuine repentance is a heart change. Further, God’s grace was never intended to be abused.  
As believers in sweet Jesus, our forgiveness is promised and absolutely assured. God is always faithful to His promises and loving toward all He has made. Like the prodigal’s father, He is ever looking for our return. Indeed, He tells us that as we begin to turn, He will turn us. Jeremiah 15:19 A (NIV) states: Therefore this is what the LORD says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me.” The word “repent” and “restore” are the exact same Hebrew word. It simply denotes a movement back to the point of our departure. As we begin to turn, He begins to turn us. God desires to “make up for the years the locusts have eaten” in our lives. He is the Master of making beauty out of our ashes – we need only to turn. Our forgiveness is promised and absolutely assured because God is always faithful – even when we are not.
Our sins – while they are many – His mercy is more. He forgives the believer’s sin because of the “atoning sacrifice” which the Lord Jesus has made. When a believer fails to ask God for forgiveness, he lacks the sensitivity to all the ways he causes his Father grief. Furthermore, the Lord Jesus Himself taught His followers to seek forgiveness daily. We do not even know the depth of depravity of our own beings – but God Who knows even the motivation behind our actions – graciously points out things in our hearts that we are not even aware of.

Heart Savor

The Lion Roars

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:23-24 (NIV)

  • We are never to be lacking in zeal but keep our spiritual fervor serving the Lord.
  • We are to be zealous for the Lord’s great Name – through His power for His glory.
  • Create in me a pure heart and a steadfast spirit Oh Lord.