This chapter is going to be very useful to me as I apply it in my life. As I read through this chapter several times, I realize that I think of myself as a good person. My faith in the Lord is strong. I have been told that I am “spiritually mature” in my outlook on life. I know of one BIG sin in my life that I am confessing of and repenting of during this chapter, too. It’s going to take some time talking to the Lord about it to get it taken care of. But as Stormie mentioned in the chapter, I am one of those people that have a hard time seeing the small, hidden sins, and I am in great need of God bringing those forth so I can confess.
I can be very black and white at times, so I like to think that I have a good grasp on right and wrong. With that in mind, here are some things that I picked up on in this week’s chapter…. First thing that I highlighted in my book “It’s realizing that you can’t make anything happen, but you can surrender your life to God and let Him make things happen.” Try as I might in my daily life, I find that things usually work best when I include God in the plans. His plans usually work much better than the things that I try to do on my own. I am a type A, administrative type. I am a doer. I don’t like to sit back and wait for someone else to do it, especially at work. I do it myself. I need to spend some time with God, listening to His plan for my life, His plan for my work, His plans for me. I need to stop doing and start being still and listening.
This makes me squirm… “In order to see positive changes happen in your life, you have to be open to the cleansing and stretching work of the Holy Spirit.” Am I being deceived about myself and my life? I think so. I just can’t see it, but I can feel it…. that nagging sensation that there is something that I am just not seeing…. I guess that is the feeling I have been having lately…. the Spirit trying to stretch me and mold me. Nudging me toward God to the next step….confessing. I have no clue what sins are buried deep within me sometimes. I feel the Spirit trying to flesh them out though.
“But I finally realized that all sin is sin, so I confessed my resentment to God as sin – and the moment I did, the feeling of sickness in my body left. ” I have a feeling that will be my testimony soon.
The concepts of confessing and repenting are lessons that I am working on with my daughter. She can be one of those people who are “professional apologizers” and I am trying to work with her on her level of understanding about that repenting means intending to never do it again. Not just saying sorry to be forgiven if you truly don’t feel sorry. I liked when she said, “Repentance means being so deeply sorry for what you have done that you will do whatever it takes to keep it from happening again.” When I confess, I truly feel that way. I don’t want to do it again, and I try my hardest not to do it… my black and white kicks in. When I know it is truly wrong, I know it and don’t want to do it again.
So, I am off to do some serious discussion with the Lord about what I need to know is in my heart that needs confessing. What are your thoughts on this chapter? What does it bring out for you?