Principle 5 (excerpt)

  

AFTER RECOGNIZING THE EXACT NATURE, CAUSE, AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY SIN, I’M NOW READY FOR THE NEXT STEP TOWARD FREEDOM IN CHRIST. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN ORDER TO HELP ME MAINTAIN A TRUTHFUL AND OPEN WALK WITH JESUS AND MAN. THEREFORE, I’M WILLING TO CONFESS MY SINS TO GOD AND ANOTHER PERSON AND IN DOING SO I SOLIDIFY THE TRUTH OF MY SIN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

This principle is the first in the series that I must take in order to truly experience the freedom available to me in Christ. When I confess my sins to God and someone else, I have begun to initiate the process that will result in my no longer carrying the condemnation, guilt, and shame that has burdened me throughout my life (Psalm 32:3).

Principle 5 is also a beginning for healing (Psalm 32:5-7). As these scriptures point out and as I begin to confess these hidden sins, the LORD will begin to heal me of maladies like ulcers, tumors, depression, or illnesses that have afflicted me because of my ignorance or inner conflict that went on inside of me because of unconfessed sin. (compare with (cf) Ezekiel 36:31-35) James 5:16 states "confess our sins to one another and pray for one another so that we may be healed."

Psalm 32:1-5

  1. What happens to me when I don’t "acknowledge" and "confess"? 
  2. What relationship is there between misery and unconfessed sin? Give an example.

Proverbs 28:13

  1. What do the words "confess and renounce" mean? 
  2. Who is the hardest person to confess to: God, someone we have wronged, or ourselves?  
  3. Do I have a hard time telling myself the truth? Does this mean I’m deluded, disillusioned, or deceived? 
  4. What does the scripture mean when it says "not prospering"?

Luke 12:2-3

  1. Why do I sometimes refuse to look at the very things within me that Jesus came to set me free from? 
  2. Can I also believe that there is "nothing concealed or hidden" that God will not reveal to me if I ask? 
  3. Do I truly believe that Jesus wants me clean, without blemish, and white as snow? (Isaiah 1:18; Colossians 1:22)

Proverbs 20:9 (cf Job 14:4; Psalm 51:5; Psalm 58:3)

  1. Is it possible for anyone to make this statement? If not, why not? 
  2. Is this scripture telling me that I need to "get honest with myself"?

John 3:19-21

  1. Why is it that I loved the darkness and hated the light before I came to Jesus? How do I come into the light? How do I remain in the light? 
  2. What does "whoever lives by the truth comes into the light" have to do with Principle 5? 
  3. Have I ever been ashamed because of my sin? Have I ever been elated because of my forgiveness? Give an example of both. 
  4. Romans 6:21 states that I now know the truth and the end results of my past actions. Is this true concerning my conscience today? Am I still proud of my past behaviors? If so, why?

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