Creatures of Habit: Confession

Day 4 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Confession: The Hunger of The Habit 


“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:3). You’ve felt it. The pit in your stomach. The pain. The ache of separation. The conviction. When left alone, the guilt of sin leaves us depressed and paralyzed. So, what’s the cure? 


Confession. 


As daunting as confession seems in advance, its God’s remedy for a broken heart. 


While confessing your sins is critically important to humbly approaching the throne of God, there is perhaps a more important confession. Confessing “Jesus is Lord” is the foundation of the Christian faith. Scripture promises that the result of a genuine confession of the Lordship of Jesus is that, “you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). This is the same confession that Peter made, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).


We are born with a longing for eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Therefore, the assurance of salvation satisfies the deepest hunger of the human heart—Eternity with the Creator. 


Many religions practice confession. What sets apart confession for the Christian is WHO our confession is directed to. Real value is found when confession is directed toward the only one who can save. Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one comes through the Father except through him (John 14:6). 


When we reach out to Jesus, we have assurance that we will never be put to shame (Romans 10:11). The fear of shame scares many away from the Holiness of God. But God welcomes us into his presence with humble confession. Our brokenness is made perfect through his unconditional love. That’s the good news! 


No matter what you have done, God is standing there with open arms. You are not too far gone. His grace has no limit. You do not need to earn your way back to God with good deeds. Confession is the cure. 



  • Have you confessed Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you live that confession out on a daily basis?


Stop right now. Make this foundational confession: “I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and my Lord and Savior.” Now, take a deep breath, embrace the gift of God’s grace, and go live it like you mean it. 


Today, read Romans 10:9-13 and Matthew 16:15-18.