Romans 10:9-11 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Do you believe that? Why? If you didn’t do that, then what was the alternative?
So, what is confess here? What does that mean?
Is it a one-time event and your saved?
It’s pretty convenient with a once-saved always saved mentality. BUT, was it an event? Did it ever actually happen? When you said it, did you mean it? And what did you mean? The big question that I have had for myself was, did it stick? Meaning, when I first asked Jesus into my life – I didn’t get completely transformed and I was still a sinner - and not in a – well, everyone is a sinner – everyone tells a little white lie now and again – or whatever lame excuse I have had – to say it is of this world and everyone does it, so – I’m not going to worry about it. But something did change inside of me.
The Holy Spirit convicted me, like nobody’s business. And over the years I have gone through one trial after the other – fighting tooth and nail sometimes to hold onto what God tells me is against His nature, is against His will and completely against the Plan that He has in store for me.
So, let’s look at what the word confess means: (again Merriam-Webster)
: to admit that you did something wrong or illegal
: to talk about or admit something that makes you embarrassed, ashamed, etc.
: to tell (your sins) to God or to a priest
Ok – this all sounds pretty much like I screwed up and hey Jesus, I believe in you, will you get me out of this. Or – Mr. Priest Sir – it’s been years since I got busted for something, but here I find myself in this mess again – because someone caught me. Doesn’t sound like anything having to do with the transaction that is said to take place in the bible, to me…
But is that all the word Confess means?
1: to tell or make known (as something wrong or damaging to oneself) : admit <he confessed his guilt>
2a : to acknowledge (sin) to God or to a priest
b : to receive the confession of (a penitent)
3: to declare faith in or adherence to : profess
4: to give evidence of
Those last two hold some weight with me.
To declare faith in or adherence to. Anyone want to give me a definition of adherence?
So, what if – confessing with our mouth was just the first step? What if we are to continue to confess – or give evidence of?
Matthew 7:16, 18-20 You will know them by their fruits.
18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
I’m going to hold the magnifying glass to my life right now. Here I was, saying I was a Christian – addicted to porn. Here I was, saying I was a Christian – going to strip clubs.
…Nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.
I had to live with that. I had it buried, I had to confess to God that I was doing wrong and that I once and for all wanted to be free from that sin. The Holy Spirit spent years on me – but the devil kept telling me, it’s ok. Society told me, it’s ok. Even some friends, told me – it’s ok. But it’s not and the bible tells me it’s not. God tells me "it’s not" and that still small voice, told me – it’s not.
Psalm 139:23-24 - Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
I wasn’t acknowledging the wrong that was deep in my heart. The selfish desires of my heart.
Jeremiah 17:9 - “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
I read the bible often. And words are put upon my heart so frequently now and often I get overwhelmed by promptings where I am needing to tell someone something, but for so long it was out of my comfort zone.
But I must continue to confess, profess, proclaim and acknowledge my savior.
Mark 16:15 - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
What if you see a close friend of yours committing a sin? What do you say, what do you do?
So, a couple weeks back, I asked a friend of mine if he felt convicted about living in sin. Something that was plainly written in the bible. He told me, “nope”. Now – one of two things could have been going on there. Either he was too embarrassed to tell me yes or the sin was so deeply rooted that he simply didn’t know right from wrong. It’s not for me to judge, but simply to present the truth, in love – whether it’s hard to hear or not. Let the Holy Spirit guide you.
This weekend, I’m going to refresh in Pathways. Lifestyle management course that I went through back in 2005. I have no idea what I’m going to be doing there. Some past things that I have learned:
God works on me, every time I step into that room. I receive such overwhelming, life-changing blessings. Now, it happens outside of there too – more and more frequently - But only because I listen to the Holy Spirit. He keeps working on me and I keep listening.
I say none of this to brag. I am telling you this, because of who I was and who I am, with Jesus. It wasn’t a once saved and now I coast on salvation. He keeps wanting to work in me and on me and I just can’t help it, but I want Him to. I ask Him to. Sometimes I even drop to knees and call upon Him to. Sin sucks man. It sucks the life right out of me. But it also sucks the life out of you too. I want to plead with each one of you – to put a prayer request out right now. Something that keeps troubling you or even something that you are newly dealing with and need prayer on. Something that you know you can resolve without Jesus at the helm. Step out on faith, right now… and we will pray over it, for each one of you.
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge;
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,
21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth
To those who send to you?
22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
23 For the Lord will plead their cause, And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.
26 Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, One of those who is surety for debts;
27 If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?
28 Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.
Jeremiah 23:30 - “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor.