Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 109
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Michael addresses an issue that plagues almost every Christian still to this day… the proverbial confession of “sins I am not even aware of.” It is interesting, isn’t it, that we would perceive something to be that we are not sure if it exists, or not.
That’s what comes from being obsessed with sin.
Do We Need To Confess EVERY Sin?
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. --I John 1:9
In the Old Testament times, a sacrifice was made available that would cover any unknown sin. God provided for the fact that man sinned unknowingly. God is absolute, and sin is sin. It is interesting that those who dogmatically say we must confess every sin have only confessed every sin of which they are aware, not every sin. The Apostle John was a holy man who stayed next to Jesus, was the first at the tomb, was loved by our Lord, and is referred to as the apostle of love. Yet in Revelation, in the presence of Jesus, he falls down in fear as a dead man. Ultimately, trying to confess every sin is impossible. Not everything that is true is truth; a teaching may come from Scripture and be true but not truth. How do we tell the difference between the two? Teaching that lands at our feet and tells us what we must do is not truth. Teaching that ends at the feet of Jesus and explains what He does for us is truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; few doctrines are truth. We have all witnessed how easy it is for people to become obsessed with confession and, in so doing, to neglect a focus on Christ. We have a sacrifice that is for unknown sin, Jesus. There is no hindrance between the believer and God.
How, then, does a sin come to mind to be confessed? As I said before, we have only confessed according to our perception. Often I counsel people and see in their lives sin with which God is not yet dealing; if I were to bring up that sin that God has not yet brought up, I introduce it without power as mere judgment on my part. When God reveals sin to a person, the revelation comes with the power to be free. Confession is then a delight. God pursues His purposes with a measureless I.Q. we can think of as well over 999 trillion. His conviction will come in an orderly manner, for He knows when, where, and in what order to work. God will convict as needed, and the believer will confess and experience the freedom that was always his in Him. In the meantime, he has a sacrifice for every sin.
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
How many know someone that dogmatically tells everyone that we must confess EVERY sin? But, if they acknowledge ANY sin they have, they confess SOME and then throw in the “sins I am not even aware of” confession. Or, perhaps, they throw in the “all the sins I have committed” confession. That really brings them peace, doesn’t it?
Michael gives us four important things to remember in relation to sin, God’s conviction, and our confession:
1. We have a sacrifice that is for unknown sin, Jesus.
2. There is no hindrance between the believer and God.
3. God’s conviction, if and when God deems it necessary, will come in an orderly manner, for He knows when, where, and what order to work.
4. God will convict as needed, and the believer and experience the freedom that was always his in Him.
Well, amen. The freedom that is a believer’s experience in Christ is what the one who is obsessed with sin truly wants anyway, isn’t it?
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