100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 21
You Are Freed From Sin (Romans 6:7)
If you are just joining the 100-Day Identity Makeover journey, I want to welcome you! This is a perfect day to get started! The next ten days bring cause for great transformation and celebration: transformation through the renewing of your mind, and celebration when you consider this new life Jesus has granted you!
When I used to participate in a women’s Bible study group, I was asked by the teaching director if I would prepare a message on one of the upcoming week’s Scripture study. The Holy Spirit had already prepared me for this invitation to teach, so I gave her my yes and began studying. Funny thing is, I was really hoping to get out of having to follow through with the daunting task of stepping into the pulpit, and since I knew that my assigned week was typically a time of snowfall in our area, I was hopeful that I wasn’t going to teach my peers at Bible study! Well, it did snow and the class was cancelled, but the teaching director called to tell me that she would push my lesson back a week. My yes still stood!
After the teaching director announced to the Bible study leadership that I would be filling in for her in one of the later classes, one of my friends shared with me that the announcement caused her to feel jealous. I was surprised that she felt the need to share her heart. Knowing her as well as I did, I was certain she had already taken the matter to the Lord, so why did she feel it necessary to also share that hidden feeling with me?
Here’s how I processed that quick exchange: My friend had something against me in her heart upon hearing of my appointment to teach. She asked the Father in heaven to help her deal with the emotion of jealously. She came clean and told me that she was jealous at first but is now happy for me.
I was jealous at first, but I’m really happy for you now.
Done. No more ill feelings. No more trying to hide how she really felt. It was confessed and it was gone.
Question: If confession is the quickest route to living free from the burden of sin, why is there so much resistance to our going to God in confession? What are we trying to preserve? Let’s consider some possibilities of why we choose not to reveal the sin that is at work within us.
- The sin is an enjoyable companion or it puts me in the company of those who also entertain the same sin.
- The sin actually gives me a feeling of control in at least one area of my life.
- I don’t want to ruin my reputation of having it all together.
- I don’t want to be punished.
- I am ashamed.
- It’s only a small area of compromise.
Justifying, hiding, fear of man, wanting control, and enjoyment of the pleasure of sin… If anything going on in your life falls into one of these categories, you are gently reminded that you are freed from sin when you confess it to God.
I remember the night I learned that I was not good enough to be welcomed into heaven when I die. When I understood that I had been born into sin and the only way to be cleansed of it is to believe upon the blood of the spotless Lamb of God, I went to the altar to pray and ask God to give me this cleansing and new life in Jesus. Even though my salvation occurred at a young age, I still remember the tremendous sense of relief that overcame me. God’s supernatural work of instantly creating a pure heart within me was a freeing experience.
Child of God, we have much more discovery ahead of us, but, in the meantime, don’t wait another second carrying around the unnecessary burden of sin. If you have already confessed your sin but keep rehearsing your record of wrong, that’s condemnation, and it has no place in the life of the believer. We’ll talk about that more in the coming days. But, it you are rehearsing thoughts of unconfessed sin, you have conviction, and it means the Holy Spirit is drawing your attention to that which keeps you separated from God. Come clean and be freed.
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Pray and ask the Lord to show you anything that is not pleasing to Him. Come into agreement with the truth found in 1 John 1:9. Write a journal entry about this Walk It Out challenge.