There is something about confession that can leave you feeling raw and vulnerable. And even empty. Yesterday, I confessed that I've been making excuses for my actions.
Almost immediately, my feelings wanted to overwhelm me. The very thing I talked about yesterday—the way my feelings create a false reality that I react to—was flaring. They did not like being exposed.
Many times I have made a confession about something—often in a pious way, proclaiming my reformed nature—only to regress back to my old behavior. I don't want that to happen again.
"Think of the last thing you prayed about [confessed]—were you devoted to your desire or to God? Determined to get some gift of the Spirit or to get at God?" (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).
Feelings will not be quiet; they will scream loudly, demanding to be heard and acknowledged—and validated! They will squawk about how we deserve to be treated certain ways, how we are entitled to our own happiness, and so on.
"For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,"
(Romans 8:6 NASB).
Abiding in Jesus in our only hope for victory!
If you would like to read a great post, by Brooke McGlothlin, chock full of scriptures to combat lying feelings, click here.
Pick out one and meditate on it today.
Can you relate to the void that happens whenever we give up something sinful and try to do right? What have you done to push through? What verses were your refuge during these times? I'd love to read your comments, if you care to share!
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