2-Step Process

Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

Non-believers attack the gospel from every angle. Some criticize for “easy-believism.” Others try to add to the gospel, and others detract from Christ’s work and deity. 

It only takes simple faith, the faith of a child, to be saved.

Mark 10:14-15 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”

Once saved, the life we are to lead as a born-again child of God becomes one of humility, submission, and obedience. We like to think that we have something to do with the process. Yet, God had planned our lives long before we were ever born.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

This verse never ceases to amaze me.

My place in time, my path in life, my beginning and end have all been planned out. Many would go to the extreme, believing we have no say in the matter. Because it is all planned out, we should just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Yet, they neglect that our loving, Heavenly Father created us with free will to choose. He chooses not to usurp our will or our choices, but asks that when saved, we place that same faith for salvation into a life only He can live through us. 

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

When we trust our hearts to lead us, we endanger not only ourselves but those around us.

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

As long as we live this life in the flesh, we will never be free wholly free from sin. So when sin enters, we have an Advocate, Jesus Christ, the Righteous!

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

The process by which we return to close fellowship with the Father cannot just be that we confess our sin to Him. That turns into one big merry-go-round. 

Our passage describes this 2-step process of confessing and forsaking. You cannot have one without the other. 

Confession is our agreement with God over the wrong we have committed. 

To forsake is to abandon, renounce, and reject. 

The first can become relatively easy when it is just words we speak. The second becomes more complicated when leaving something or someone we are attached to begins to tear at our hearts.

A stronghold, or a belief system based upon a lie, will entangle and ensnare our minds first, then our heart. We compromise, dabble, and even justify our sinful behavior, perpetuating the stronghold in our lives.

Confessing and truly forsaking our sin is the biblical way to release us from the stronghold in which sin binds us.

We feel the guilt and shame of our sin and want it removed. Confession begins that process. Forsaking gives traction to our motive that we want more than just release from the guilt and shame.

Another word that reflects this 2-step process is repentance. 

Repentance will literally change our course; give us a new direction. We cannot live very long with a mask of hypocrisy with God. He knows who we are, what we’ve done, and the thoughts and intents of our hearts.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Humble submission to the Word of God brings greater peace and joy than we could ever manufacture.

The cyclical nature of just confessing is God’s way of bringing us to a decision point that allows repentance to enter and our relationship with the Father to be restored. We must accept that God wants us to experience this life the way He designed for us.

When we decide differently, we step outside of His will and cannot remain there very long before He brings us back. That process is God’s correction. The adversity that comes when we are corrected can be painful at times. Knowing it is because He loves us makes all the difference.

When we are faced with our sin, we have a choice; confess AND forsake, or just confess.

The process of complete restoration takes both.

It is your choice.

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