by Yvette van Niekerk
Ezekiel 18: 31 MSG “Clean house. No more rebellions, please. Get a new heart! Get a new spirit! Why would you choose to die, Israel?”
When we are unable to confess our wrongs and sins, our countenance changes. We have darkness over our faces, and it may seem we are sad. It seems we are feeling condemnation and because we fail to repent and ask forgiveness of our sin, our countenance changes.
Psalm 34: 5 MSG “They looked to Him and were radiant; their faces will never blush in shame or confusion.”
Admitting to my mistakes and feeling sorry enough to want to change gives me the relief I need, and I don’t have to hide from my mistakes. I seem to confess my wrongs regularly, and I am constantly repenting of my ways. When I fail to confess my sins. I feel I have erected a wall between myself and God.
Repentance means “turning away and deciding not to do it again,” in effect am saying “Yes, I did this, I am sorry and won’t do this again.”
Ezekiel 20: 43 “Then you will look back at all your sins and loathe yourselves because of the evil you have done.” When I do not repent, I do struggle with feelings of self-loathing. These feelings wreak destruction in my life and I struggle to regain my self-esteem.
I have come to a point in my life where I ask the Lord, God to reveal anything I should be confessing. I ask God to show me my sins so that I can confess them. When I confess I feel my sin is lifted and I feel my heart is being lighter, and I feel free. God knows the secrets of my heart Psalm 44 verses 21.
Father, Lord as King David prayed, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.” Psalm 51
Please show me anything I am hiding and help me to see it and confess it to you, so that I may repent and receive Your forgiveness. Psalm 31 says “blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” Please help me to always confess my sinfulness so that I am able to say “see if there are any wicked ways in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Please forgive me, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Father God today I want to be obedient and simply accept the gift that You have given me. I am trading my tired and worn-out life for a new one today with Jesus Christ. Today I surrender all my faulty plans for Your perfect plan. Lord, please help me to abide in you so that you can abide in me. Father today I am embracing the new life available to me. I don’t know how things will work but I beg You hear my call. I accept the Lord Jesus Christ to renew my life today. Amen