The Power of Confession

Conflict

There’s a saying I’ve always liked. “We make choices, then our choices make us.” The aphorism punctuates the cumulative importance of choice, and that’s what I like about it—because it’s easy for us to take our choices for granted. If each choice feeds into who we will become, then each choice is momentous. There’s meaning in every step. The Bible also emphasizes this importance of choice. “I have set before you life and death,” God says, “choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19). Each choice is a life-or-death moment. The apocryphal text Sirach makes this choice more concrete and vivid, saying God has “placed before you fire and water; you can stretch out your hand for whichever you choose” (Sirach 15:16).

It seems like a no-brainer. Of course we’ll choose water, right? And yet, so often we choose fire. We want water—we are so very thirsty—but the distortion fields of the ditches and the delusion of inequality makes it hard to see straight. We find ourselves standing in this strange dystopian world where the fire so often looks just like the water.

What can we do? How can we work ourselves out of falsehood? How can we make water look like water again, and fire look like fire?

The answer is confession, a habitual, consistent, effective lifestyle of truthful confession—to yourself, to God, and to others. James tells us: “confess your sins . . . that you may be healed” (James 5:16). Truthful confession heals (or keeps us from getting hurt in the first place). David says, “when I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long” (Psalm 32:3, New Living Translation). Confession pushes back against the lies inside. It’s the first step in wrestling back control over our lives.

But it’s tricky. Confession has been abducted and perverted by at least two destructive false beliefs. In this presentation, Dan exposes the false beliefs that keeps our confessions powerless, thereby keeping us in self-delusion. He then offers guidance on how to get back to pure, empowering, radical confession, confession that re-orients us with God and reality.

For a bolt of electricity to your spiritual life, invite Dan today!

Length:
sermon: 1 hour
workshop: 2 hours

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