In case you missed it, I released part of my testimony on podcast this week. You can listen to it here:
I wanted to expand a little on one of the themes – admitting your problems. In my story, I’m telling you about the issues I had as a teenager, but these issues are universal. People of all ages find themselves doing things they ought not be doing. The real issue though, is that few people can bring themselves to admit it.
The Bible speaks about an important topic and it’s called confession. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Confessing your sins is a basic principle in Christianity, so why is it so hard? I know it’s a struggle to come to terms with your own sins. It’s much easier to play the blame game.
You did this to me.
You did me wrong first.
You are to blame.
Sometimes we even struggle to see our own sins. We look at the situation and all we can see is the other person’s faults. Why is that? It’s because we are a blinded by our own pride. We think the best of ourselves and the worst of others. We judge ourselves by our intentions, but we judge others by their actions.
This isn’t Christian. This isn’t the way Jesus showed us to live. We have to break the cycle. But how? We have to confess our sins. We have to admit we are the one doing wrong. We can’t continue to walk in circles. We get nowhere.
The Bible says that Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us. But we have to admit our sins. We have to ask for forgiveness. Why are you not forgiven? Because you haven’t asked. It’s that simple. We have to ask. In order to ask, you must first admit to yourself that you are the problem. You did it. No one else. You.
When I finally came to grips with the fact that I was responsible for my actions, that’s why Christ set me free from the bondage of sin. I had to confess. I had to humble myself. It wasn’t easy, but the freedom that came afterwards was worth it.
What are you holding on to today? Are you blaming others for your problems? If so, there is a wedge between you and the Holy Spirit. God is waiting patiently for you to confess your sins so he can tear the wall down. After all, you built that wall, he didn’t.