“It will be a lifelong struggle for her.”
The words of my friend hung in the air and hit me in the stomach. She was speaking of a sin issue, and too many of us talk in these terms.
“He will never overcome this sin.”
“Mom has always been that way. She’ll never change.”
“He’ll never become a Christian. He is too set in his ways.”
These are confessions, but are they true? We have considered our confessions over our circumstances and been challenged to speak in terms of faith and hope. Now we think about the words we speak words over one another. Are we speaking words of life and truth?
When we declare statements like the ones above, what have we done with the words of Jesus?:
“I came to set the prisoners free.”
(“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me…He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19))
“I will give you hope and a future.”
(” ‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” Jeremiah 29:11)
“I restore and recreate, exchanging your old life for a new one.”
(“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17))
We have all heard that it is a terrible crime to speak words of death over children, such as “You will never measure up”, “You don’t have what it takes”, or “You will never be as good as your sister.” However, things we would never tell a child, we speak to ourselves and others on a daily basis. Remember, life and death is in the power of the tongue. What “adult” disbeliefs are we confessing? What false confessions have been touching our lips?
Oftentimes we are hardest on ourselves.
“I am irreversibly damaged.”
“I am sinful and dirty.”
“I am unloved.”
For those of us who battle thoughts like these, may we be directed to hear God’s heart:
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 1:4-5)
“Do not call anything impure that God has called clean.” (Acts 10:15)
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (I John 3:1)
“You are my son [daughter] whom I love; With you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)
I see in Scripture a call to speak life + hope + encouragement over each other, not despair. And this most certainly applies to ourselves. Make an effort to identify the false confessions you are making over yourself, and guard yourself from this as you would a little child. Challenge yourself to walk in the light of the truth about yourself. Wash yourself in the water of God’s Word and listen to who He says you are. Declare it over yourself, first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and as needed throughout the day. Believe it for those in your life, and take the opportunity to speak faith and truth over them.
Sisters, it is time for True Confessions.
Meditate: “Finally, [sisters], whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Heb. 3:13).
Consider: What false confessions are we speaking over one another? Over ourselves?
Listen: “You and I” by Shane & Shane (lyrics below)
|Artist: Shane & Shane
Album: An Evening With Shane & Shane
Title: You And I
Clean I call you clean
I came to clean you and it’s done
Here’s a call to all who’ve
Felt disqualified to run
Pleasures flowing here and there
From my right hand
What’s mine is yours
Come behold all of who I am
You and I will run
You and I will run forever
All is done
You and I will run
Come with what you do not have
And buy what’s undeserved
Feast and drink, the bounty’s great
I know you hear
But have you heard
Have you heard
I’ve called you clean!
I am dirty
That’s what I’m wanting
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(2 Corinthians 5:21)