By Mark Verkler
Most of the time we think about confession as telling God about how we sinned and that it was wrong. Many people will say, God, please forgive me, but really the thing God wants us to do is simply agree with Him.
One kind of confession is to agree with God when you sin. 1st John 1 says, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Christianity traditionally has been called the great confession; not because we’re confessing sin every second, but because we have a great confession about being in Christ, about our salvation, and about all the promises He gave us.
Think about your confession as agreeing with God. From the beginning. God has said, “agree with Me.” The enemy comes in and says, “No, don’t agree with God, agree with me!” Our confession is powerful. What do we confess with our mouths? Jesus confessed, “before Abraham was, I am.” That was a confession that agreed with God.
Here are some impactful confessions:
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I am God’s workmanship created in Christ unto good works.
I’m a believer and the light of the gospel shines in my mind.
One of my favorite stories about confession was told by a great author named Neil Anderson back many years ago. At the end of his seminars, he would hand out these confessions about who we are in Christ. Neil said that a man from New York wrote him in a letter about three weeks after a seminar and said, “Dr. Anderson, I so appreciated your seminar, I learned so much. But the thing I was most excited about were the confessions of who we are in Christ that I got at the end of the conference. I went home and started memorizing them and meditating on them and speaking them out loud and saying them in the mirror. And about two weeks after the conference, I was coming home very late from work and three men mugged me outside of the subway. Out of my mouth pops this confession: I’m a child of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.” He said, “Dr. Anderson, the main guy looked at me and said, ‘what did you say?’ So of course, he repeated it: I’m a child of God and the evil one cannot touch me. And they said, ‘okay,’ and they took off.”