I Corinthians 15:10 & 11 TLB
10 But whatever I am now it is all because God poured out such kindness and grace upon me—and not without results: for I have worked harder than all the other apostles, yet actually I wasn’t doing it, but God working in me, to bless me. 11 It makes no difference who worked the hardest, I or they; the important thing is that we preached the Gospel to you and you believed it.
That phrase “God poured out such kindness and grace upon me” got me thinking about grace being an element of confession. That led to wanting to make a list of what I should confess but that wasn’t going well. Then I read verse 10 again and suddenly my focus changed from the first part of the phrase to the last part “—and not without results.” It changed my whole idea about what I should be confessing and finally led to this:
• IF my confession begins to sound like the list of what God hasn’t done, isn’t that an insult to Him?
• IF my confession is a list of things I don’t like about myself, isn’t that an insult to what He has done?
• IF “the” enemy can, he’ll use those words to destroy my confidence that God is working, and steal the grace from my confession.
• THEN I’ll give up my list! God already knows the things that need changing in my life and He’s promised to remove them. I’ll go for the short and sweet version, the confession of grace.
I just need more of you, Lord.
That’s a True Confession.