Confession, Repentance, Mercy…
When a person finally hits bottom, wether it be with drink, pornography, eating, drugs, cheating on their spouse, sloth or any number of other sins, once the bottom is hit there is usually one of two paths that lay ahead. This is a general rule, which will apply to most all, but not a hard-and-fast rule that applies to 100%.
Turning to God is one of the paths and the another is suicide. If you don’t think suicide is one of the more used paths explain why we are experiencing an explosion in youth suicides right now.
When a person turns to God they have a chance at getting out. As we discuss time and again, honesty is the key. If a person is willing to be honest with themselves, well, they have a really good chance at meeting God, getting their back and turning things around. If they are not honest with themselves everyone around them will be lied to about what is happening. If a person can’t be honest with themselves, no one stands a chance at getting the truth. The enemy loves to play tricks on us and keep us from being honest with ourselves.
Psalm 55:3 – NKJB
Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the oppression of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble upon me,
And in wrath they hate me.
This is how the broken mind thinks. The enemy usually puts something in the path to trigger these thoughts and then the flood gate opens.
We can overcome this in simple terms. Confession, repentance, mercy.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where we are either honest with ourselves, commit suicide or continue lying to ourselves and the whole world. There may be other options, but not sure what they are or what they could be.
Once the “fearless moral inventory of ourselves” is made, it is not uncommon for a person to become deeply sad or even depressed. This is the part that keeps most all people from digging deep and exposing the parts that keep us chained to our sins. Once the truth is revealed and shared with another human being, before God, we can ask for mercy and forgiveness from our Father. He will happily grant us favor once the picture is completely filled in.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. ~I Corinthians 15:10 NKJB
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. ~Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJB
It is not us, it is only the will of God that grace and mercy reign. While our lives are filled with sin there is no room for God through confession, with our mouth to another human being, our “God basket” now has room for God to enter our lives. If a person fills their coffee cup to the rim, there is no room for cream and sweetener. If our lives are filled with sin there is no room for God. Confession makes room.
Either the Gospel is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.