From an early age I realized it made no sense to lie to my parents, especially to my mother. My mom had a special relationship with the Holy Spirit wherein she would know things before I even told her…see why it made no sense to lie. This is similar to my relationship with God…since He already knows my thoughts before I am even aware of them (hence, my actions as well) then it made no sense to me to lie or hide things from Him. For me, a lie is a lie (there is no black or white). Even if I told a lie, consciously or unconsciously, to not hurt someone or to get myself out of an unfavorable situation, or even get myself into a favorable situation, it is still a lie and I have to confess it to God. He is so merciful that He will deliver me out of a situation even if I was not 100% honest…maybe because He knows my heart, which pleases Him (I am reminded of King David, here).
My confessions are not only lies but also when I feel tired or hurt while I wait for Him to do something favorable in my life. I try my best not to hide my feelings from Him. If I am unable to express them with words, I cry. I also have a playlist with songs that expresses how I feel beautifully (Thank You, God, for inspiring these artists). For example, MercyMe’s Even If, which tells God even if He should change is mind (which I believe He doesn’t since He knew what I was going to do before I existed) or delays His deliverance, or takes longer in fulfilling His promises to me, I will still place my hope in Him. Another song is by Hillary Scott and The Scott Family Thy Will…this tells Him, even though things haven’t gone the way I had hoped as I am being obedient to You, let Your will be done in my life. Then there is the song that describes my emotions as I am hanging by a thread…Worn by Tenth Avenue North…the title explains it all.
A confession to God alleviates my stress levels and allows me to sleep peacefully at nights. I know it will do the same for you. You and I will be healthier with daily confessions. Therefore, a daily confession to God is not only good for the soul but also your physical and emotional well-being.
The Constant in the Inconsistencies: Everyday I wake up to new challenges, fears, choices, decisions, etc… Basically, a life filled with inconsistencies…I have to get used to the frequent weather changes (due to our changing climate), losing friends and opening myself to befriend new people, switching jobs or becoming unemployed, being financially stable to needing financial assistance, being a giver to becoming a receiver, being healthy to having frequent health issues, emotionally stable to becoming too emotional…
However, there is a constant in all these inconsistencies; God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. God’s word will not return to Him void; hence, I can believe He will fulfill His promises to me. He will finish what He has started in my life. Jesus died so that I can become a child of God, again. He promised to always intercede on my behalf to God, our Father. The Holy Spirit is always here to comfort me and guide me everyday. This constant makes me feel at peace, balanced, and allows me to stay afloat in the ocean deep. With this constant, I can courageously face the inconsistencies of each new day.
Maintenance System: Ephesians 6: 18 (NKJV) “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
In the natural world, to have the best use of your armor and or weapon, you must keep it in good working condition; hence regular upkeep is needed. This is also the case in the spiritual realm. I have to make sure that my armor (helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, truth for my waist, gospel of peace for my feet, breastplate of righteousness, and shield of faith) is kept in good condition at all times. To ensure this, I must pray without ceasing (not only for myself but also for others), be watchful (particularly that I do not get in God’s way; e.g., disobedience) and patient, as I make my requests to God with all humility.
With my maintenance system in place, I am READY and SET…patiently waiting for GO!
Sword of the Spirit: Ephesians 6:17 (NKJV) “and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The sword of the Spirit is the greatest and most effective weapon to have in our possession (perfect record). It was the only weapon Jesus used against the evil one. Therefore, it is the weapon I use on a continuous basis to keep my sanity, my faith, my peace, and most of all to keep me from temptation.
Helmet of Salvation: Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation,…” 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NKJV “…and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” Salvation may refer to God’s gift, through Christ, to save men’s [my] souls.
The day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I gained access to this piece of body armor, the helmet of salvation. This gift of salvation shall protect me from evil and all dangers. So, as I go on this journey of life with multiple destinations, until my final destination, I shall keep my eyes focused on God knowing it is well with my soul.
Shield of Faith: Ephesians 6: 16 (NKJV) “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
If you like to watch movies like Braveheart or read historical romance books (avid reader), you may see or imagine shields being penetrated by some strong arrows. If you like to watch modern action films, you may even see some bulletproof vests or car windows being penetrated by some high-powered guns or rifles. However, the shield of faith is impenetrable. I am trusting the shield of faith to always protect me. Yes, the wicked one may know what God may have planned for me and may set traps to derail His plans BUT, as long as I have this piece of armor, I will not fear and His plans for me will not be derailed. This is the source of my confidence and courage. So each day I shall be confident and be courageous, even if it may seem the world or my world is coming to an end (or is filled with chaos and uncertainties), that God’s perfect plans for me will be fulfilled.
Gospel of Peace: Ephesians 6:15 “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” 1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” NKJV
With the gospel of peace protecting my feet, I shall boldly walk the path God has laid before me. As I walk this path, I know that He who began a good work in me will continue to do so until the day Christ Jesus returns (read Philippians 1:6); and with God, nothing will be impossible for me to do (read Philippians 4:13). Therefore, I will continue to be strong and courageous as God does His will in my life.