Have you ever known someone that continues to struggle with the same issue in their life over and over? I’m sure we all do. It can be a sin habit, unforgiveness, low-self esteem, bad relationship or career decisions or simply not staying put in one place long enough for God to change them.
Israel disobeyed the Lord to enter into the promised land and traveled around the same mountain for 40 years! If we don’t want to go around the same mountain for our whole lives then what needs to change?
To have a new life we have to learn new ways of living.
Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. – Ephesians 4:23-24
Change isn’t easy. We have to let God change us, we have to put on the new life. New Life is messy. Ever seen a baby being born? New life is messy and sometimes gross! To change we need the messiest of all sacraments, confession.
Confession? Isn’t that just a Roman Catholic thing?
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. – James 5:16
We are only as sick as our secrets. Confession brings forgiveness and freedom.
Adam and Eve after they disobeyed God felt the wait of their sin and hid. “I’m not staying in this church. There’s too many rules.” “Don’t tell me how to live. It’s nobody’s business but mine.” Sound familiar? It’s all just fig leaves. Covering rebellion with a blame-game smoke screen of “I’m being mistreatreated” or “I don’t believe that way.”
Adam blamed God & Eve, The woman you gave me asked me to eat it. Eve blamed the serpent. The snake didn’t have a leg to stand on. (haha) The shocking thing is everything they said was true but they took no personal responsibility, no repentance.
Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.
– Ezekiel 18:30-31
Life’s too short to travel around the same mountain for years. We must repent, change the way we think, and seek the Lord for new ways while we have time.