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October 25, 2013

October 25, 2013

"A Confession Helps You Move Toward Transformation"

“’What is your name?’ the man asked. He replied, ‘Jacob.’”
Genesis 32: 27

God allows a crisis to get our attention; then He uses the crisis to develop our character. One thing that signals that we’re changing in our life is when we confess that we are the problem in many cases.

You stop blaming other people and admit, “I am the problem in my life.” Until you understand this, there can be no major change in your life. That’s the breakthrough God knows you need.

God asked Jacob, “What is your name?” Isn’t that odd? God already knows who he is and what his name is. But there is more to this that it appears.

In ancient cultures you were always named for your character or characteristic. You name might be tall or short, son or daughter of. Your name was your label. It wasn’t just what your mom and dad liked. It represented your character or a characteristic.

Here’s the issue: Jacob means, “deceiver, manipulator, liar.” And Jacob lived up to every one of those characteristics. When he says his name he is actually speaking a confession.

Whenever I read that verse I kind of cringe a little bit. What would my name be if I was named for my greatest character fault? Would I want to admit it? How about you, what would your name be and would you admit it?

But here’s the important point: we will never be able to change until we openly and honestly admit our sins, our weaknesses, our faults, our frailties, our character defects. And it doesn’t stop there. We have to admit them to ourselves, to God and to other people.

It is probably one of the most humbling things we may do in life. At the same time it is the exact thing that sets us free from that character fault. We’ve got to come clean about ourselves.

God isn’t going to be surprised by what you confess. He already knows all of your faults but He needs you to confess them so the work of change can begin. Once you’ve done that you’ve taken the biggest step in transformation.

You’ve confessed who and what you are. In doing so, you open yourself up to the power and presence of God working in you.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don