Confession

A child of the light will confess sin instantly and stand completely open before God. But a child of the darkness will say, “Oh, I can explain that.” – Oswald Chambers

When a child of God sins, he does not run toward greater darkness but toward the light, to his forgiving Savior. Confession aligns behavior to the truth. When convicted of sin, God doesn’t ask me to make it right; He only asks me to accept the light of truth, and then He will make it right.

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9

This is a personal journey that everyone must take. How comforting to have a companion with whom to walk the journey unless he interferes with what God is doing. Over and over again, we try to be amateur providences in someone’s life. We give our wise perspective, draw our conclusions and set out to relieve our friend. This is not good for either of us. God knows what to do to bring us to confession. We dare not interfere with his work in another’s life any more than we should become impatient or resistant to his work in ours.  

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John 3:30

Maturity and forgiveness

There are no short cuts to maturity or forgiveness. The journey begins with a decision to decrease while He increases. There is just too much of me still alive! People should walk away from a conversation with me and say, “The Lord is so good.” Instead, they often walk away with no vision of the Lord, just me. I confess that this can be a great problem and deserves attention.

Purity

There are no shortcuts to purity either. “Purity is the result of continued spiritual harmony with God. We have to grow in purity,” says Chambers. My spiritual vision of things depends upon this purity. 

God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

Depth

And, there are no shortcuts to depth.  As he increases and I decrease, he deliberately leads me to the depths. There, I find true fulfillment. Because of the growth of my personal character, I get to the level where He is then able to reveal his precious treasures.

Oh what I forfeit when I run away from him when I sin or seek shortcuts on this journey. But, oh what I gain when he forgives, purifies and leads me to the depths. 

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