God asks for confession so that we may release our sins to Him. 
August 23, 2017, 5:00 AM

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8

For the first time in history, we are living in a world saturated with technology edited and filtered to perfection.  Social media can be fun, but it can also be dangerous.  With each photo on Instagram or status update on Facebook, we are creating an image of how we want the world to see us.  Naturally we want to show our “best selves” to the world.  But the truth is that if we exposed what is behind the filtered photograph, we may see a very different picture.  Our culture does not place a high value on vulnerability.  We edit and we filter and we often create appearances that cover the truth of who we really are. 


Being vulnerable simply means to be exposed.  It is uncovering the truth about who we are and what we are struggling with.  This does not mean airing our dirty laundry on social media or to anyone who will listen, but it does mean trusting God and His faith family enough to be real about our struggles. From an early age we are taught not to be vulnerable.  In fact, our culture often glorifies being the opposite of vulnerable.  We are rewarded when we show strength, not weakness.  Basically, the world wants us to have it all together, hold it all together, and document our amazing ability to keep it all together on social media!  This societal pressure can make us guarded and protective of our real selves.


But God asks us to do just the opposite.  He asks us to acknowledge our sin, pour out our hearts to Him, and confess our sins to one another. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 We can live in secret shame and try to hide our sin from others, or we can do what God asks us to do and be vulnerable.  As we learn to walk with God and trust Him, our vulnerability will increase.  We can be vulnerable precisely because He can be trusted.  The vulnerable acts of acknowledgment and confession are the first steps in moving from shame to healing.  Confession does not necessarily have to be admitting our sins to God or others, but it can also mean talking about something that causes embarrassment or shame. 


Sometimes our greatest shame stems from the sin of others. God wants to make us whole.  But unless we are honest about the whole of who we are, He cannot change us.  Jesus did not wait to die on the cross until we had it all together, He died while we were still sinners.  We must believe that He is more powerful than our shame or any consequence that might come from telling our truths. No one likes to feel exposed or weak, but as we risk being vulnerable in the way that God asks us to be, our trust in Him will deepen.   God takes the shadow of our shame and shines a light on it.  As we share our secrets, when we find the bravery to confess to God and to each other, secrets lose their power over us and God reclaims His proper place in our lives.


It is scary to risk being vulnerable with others, but God wants to use our vulnerability as an avenue for healing.  Can you think of an area of your life that God may be calling you to confess to someone in His family that you trust?  Our identity is not found in our sin, but in Christ alone.  God asks for confession so that we may release our sins to Him.  Otherwise, we hold onto sin and its load becomes a heavy weight to carry.  What do you need to unload today?


This is my Prayer: Father God, I want You to have the power in my life, not my my secrets.  Lord help me to believe and live like You are more powerful than my secrets.  Increase my bravery to confess where there needs to be confession and to trust where my trust is weak. Jesus thank you for giving me Your family to walk beside me as I confront sin in my life, but most of all, thank you for giving me Yourself.  In Your name, Jesus. Amen.