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The Lenten Journey 2018: Good for The Soul

IBW_Evita-3_8x10Confession is Good for the Soul
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9 NKJV

 

John, Jesus’ beloved disciple, pens a letter to the early church to share with them the markings of a true follower of Jesus Christ. In this letter he provides clear characteristics of one who is in fellowship with Christ. As true followers of Christ, we cannot effectively follow Him and live in opposition to His character. As he shares, he informs the reader this message is not of his own. This is the word the disciples have heard from Jesus Christ himself and it is this message he is sharing with them.

In the natural we understand we cannot live in opposition to our natural design and expect to live a healthy life. For example, our human bodies were not made to consume foods that are not healthy for us. Though we may enjoy partaking of them, over time they are harmful to our bodies. If we consistently have a poor diet, we can suffer from serious complications. We can experience weight gain, sluggishness, lack of focus and loss of strength. Each of these things contributes to poor health and eventually death. If we want to eliminate these things, it becomes necessary for us to do a detox. The goal of a detox is to remove all the harmful toxins from our system in order to return our bodies to optimum health.

The same is true for us in the spirit. When we allow ourselves to be consumed in sin, we begin to live in opposition to God’s will for our lives. As a result, we experience a breakdown of our spiritual lives. We become sluggish and apathetic in our spiritual disciplines. We live burdened by the weight from the sin consuming our lives. We have no strength to fight the daily battles. We lose focus because our attention becomes diverted seeking to please flesh over the spirit. Continuing with these unhealthy patterns can lead to the death of our futures and destiny. However, the word gives us hope of ridding ourselves of the toxins of sin.

As John states, we can confess our sins. Confession is good for the soul. Confession allows us to purge our spirits of every sin and weight. In exchange we can take in the forgiveness and cleansing power of God to renew our spiritual lives to optimum health. Through confession we can restore our relationship with the Father. Confession yields wholeness.

Reflections:
1. We need to confess our sins in order to purge our spirits.
2. Confession of sin opens us to receive forgiveness and restoration for our spirit.
3. The way to optimum health in the spirit is to allow the power of God to cleanse us.

Prayer: Merciful God, we thank You for loving us beyond our faults. We come before You confessing our sins. We do not want to carry the weight of it any longer. We pray now as we confess, detoxing our spirits, that You will cleanse us of all unrighteousness. We pray You will forgive us and restore us to wholeness in You. Thank You for making us new. It is in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Pastor Evita L. Smith
Kingdom Seekers Community Church
Stockbridge, GA

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BELOVED,

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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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