DEFINITION: Confession is acknowledging your transgressions to God and agreeing with what He says about your sin. Biblically, it is also verbally and mentally agreeing with the promises of God’s Word.
FACTS ABOUT CONFESSION:
Confession is necessary in order to receive forgiveness. “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).
You are not required to confess to another person. Jesus Christ is the mediator between you and God, so you can confess directly to Him. Some people find it helpful, however, to confide in a spiritual leader to help them confess and deal with their sins. If you do this, prayerfully select someone who will keep your confidences. You should, of course, confess and ask forgiveness of anyone you have wronged.
Public confession is not necessary in order to receive forgiveness. In fact, public confessions are sometimes disruptive in a church fellowship. Confessing your faults and asking for prayer as mentioned in James 5:16 is different than confessing specific sins. For example, you might say “I need prayer for a problem with unforgiveness” rather than specifically pointing out the people in the church you are unable to forgive!
Confession is important in claiming the benefit of the promises of God. You receive salvation by confession. Other spiritual benefits such as healing, peace, deliverance, financial blessings, etc., are also received by agreeing verbally and mentally with the promises in God’s Word.
DEALING WITH CONFESSION:
Confess your sins to God in the name of Jesus. Each day, confess your known sins, and God will forgive you of them as well as those behaviors you do not recognize as sin. He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9). Confession is part of the model prayer that is to be prayed daily by believers (Matthew 6:9-13).
Do not keep confessing sins of the past. Once confessed, God forgives you. The Bible says that God takes your sins and casts them as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12) and remembers them no more (Isaiah 43:25). If you bring those sins up again, God does not remember what you are talking about!
Confess the promises of God. Let the words that come out of your mouth agree with what God says in His Word regarding your healing, deliverance, peace, finances, etc.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT CONFESSION:
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord–and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:2-5)
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.(Psalm 103:12)
Read David’s great psalm of confession: Psalm 51.
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. (Isaiah 43:25)
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
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)