I have been writing regarding our earthly, fleshly desires. You can read other posts here:
I shared in Acknowledge Your Desires there were three steps with acknowledging your desires as being number one. The steps get a little more difficult from here yet each step brings greater freedom. The second step is to confess your desires with a trusted Christian confidant.
Notice I said trusted Christian confidant. First, trusted and confidant go hand in hand. It is someone who you will be able to trust with confidence your communication will go no further. Proverbs 11:13 says a gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. You will know a trustworthy person simply by knowing if they have revealed anything to you with gossip. You will know by their walk and especially their talk.
Second, they must be a Christian whose life is based on the Word of God and not emotions. We live in a time where the Word of God is not relevant to the emotions which lead our societies to sin. You need a strong believer in your corner in God’s Word. Even the devil goes to church, believes in Christ, and knows the Word of God.
Confessing your sin or desires is not easy but on the other end, the Bible promises us healing from those desires. James 5:16 declares confess your faults one to another and pray for one another that you may be healed. I like the word faults. It is a great word describing the two natures – spirit and fleshly, earthly, evil desires – we possess which are in constant battle for our souls.
Faults have fault lines. Until recently, I thought fault lines were only used based on geology yet the dictionary also defines fault lines as any division or rift which is perceived as leading to violent confrontation. There is a violent confrontation between our spirit and our flesh.
I have found personally when I confess my desires and/or weaknesses to someone (or sometimes even on stage at our ministry) the battle immediately begins to cease. I can’t explain it but there is a sense of a huge spiritual exhale and I am on my way to healing.
Recently, after teaching a message on desires, I was faced with a huge sense of fear. I had recently gone through a tough situation and fear is a personal fleshly weakness. The first thing I did was confess it to my wife, then to my staff, and then to my close friends. All three individuals or groups are close trusted Christian confidants. Each time I shared it more healing was taking place until fear subsided and faith rose. That is the power of confession.
John encouraged us in 1 John 1:9 to confess our sins. He said this because he goes on to say God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. There is great power of confessing our desires, weaknesses, and sin. It is scary and terrifying but the results far outweigh the fear.
Here are other posts to encourage on your journey to freedom: